Rebekah Black reviews “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It”

Rebekah Black reviews "The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It"

I didn’t get to attend the screening of The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It but Rebekah Black (my co-host on the Haunted AF podcast) stepped in to cover it. She’s a huge fan of scary movies but she’s also extremely picky and hates bad CGI. We’ll share more thoughts when Episode 3 of the Julie Says So Movie Minute podcast drops on 6/10.

I have to admit, I went into The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It fully expecting it to be a hot pile of garbage. I’ll be damned if it wasn’t the best of all five (or however many there are). 
If you’re a fan of the series, this one essentially gives you all of them rolled into one movie. Even the freaking nun managed to make an appearance (probably not the way you want her to, but she’s there). This based-on-actual-events story of Arne Johnson might even be the inspiration behind every demonic-possession movie that’s come out since he hit the scene. 
If I had to sum up this installment of The Conjuring in one word, it would be intense. It comes out swinging. The first 15 minutes are filled with nonstop action but there’s a decent balance of funny, too. It’s needed to ease all of that crazy! The story does get a little obvious at times and the ending is a bit cheesy. Without giving too much away, there’s a real love-conquers-all vibe (boo!). Another issue (and this is one The Conjuring has struggled with since the beginning) would be the bad special effects and sad makeup. Either get a better team or film with a lower digital quality. And maybe less close-ups on the demons! The crayola-look kinda ruins it. 
Despite these minor issues, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It might be the best of the bunch. It also feels like this one might be the last, so why not go out with a bang? I’m giving this chapter of The Conjuring franchise 8 out of 10 bone crunches. Yes, bone crunches are a prominent sound-effect in the film so if that makes you cringe, you might really struggle with this movie!

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Movies are BACK!

Movies are BACK!
We’re Back!

It’s been a long year. Hell, after Covid, I had decided to hang up my “Film Critic” hat and donate my giant purse (the one I use to smuggle candy and tiny wine bottles into screenings) to Goodwill. I even came this close to shutting down this website. Then I made an appearance on Good Morning Texas to give my Oscars predictions (watch that HERE if you want). It was the most “normal” I’d felt in a straight year and I loved it so much, I decided to load up the giant purse and don that hat again. I even have my first in-theater screening next week to see A Quiet Place Part 2! That will give me a better opportunity to see how theaters are operating in a Covid world but AMC, Cinemark, the Angelika and the Alamo Drafthouse have their protocols posted online. There will hopefully be Free Movie Screenings in our future but, for now, I’ll focus on the films that are opening in theaters soon like Cruella, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It and, of course, Black Widow. I’ll kick off with a review of A Quiet Place Part 2 next week so have a look at the trailer below. Now, want to add anything to my giant purse?

The Nun

MOMMY MOVIE REVIEW: Can Kids See “The Nun”

I’m guaranteed a handful of shocked responses from parents whenever I write Mommy Movie Reviews for horror flicks like The Nun. I’m not suggesting that ANYONE should take their toddler, or even older kids who don’t like scary movies. These reviews are strictly for parents like me, whose kids WANT to be scared out of their wits.
So, if you allow your kids to see it or even offer to take them yourself, what can you expect from The Nun? Continue reading →

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FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “The Nun” EARLY & FOR FREE

I hate to say it, but the nun from The Nun isn’t that scary to me. Why? I don’t know. Maybe because I went to Catholic School with a bunch of nuns and, even though they often tried to be, they weren’t that scary. OH, unless you tried to chew gum in their class. They’d haunt your soul for all eternity if they caught you doing that.
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Annabelle: Creation

MOMMY-MOVIE-REVIEW: Is “Annabelle: Creation” OK for Kids?

I get the occasional angry comment when I talk about watching scary movies with my kids. They usually come from people who don’t actually have children, though. Breeders like ME know that kids out grow Disney flicks and eventually want to watch something more exciting. That’s when they start relentlessly badgering parents about seeing movies that the Motion Picture Association of America has deemed inappropriate for them. These are often the same kids who watch The Walking Dead or equally scary fare, who are familiar with the type of violence the MPAA frowns on.

This is where I come in.

I have a 13-year-old girl who wants to watch everything. Is it scary? Would it make a grown man shiver and ask for a nightlight? Then my daughter wants to see it. Her favorite scary movie of all time is The Conjuring. She laughed when I showed her the original Poltergeist and declared that The Ring is, “more weird than scary.”

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Annabelle
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FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “Annabelle: Creation” EARLY & FOR FREE

You either LOVE scary movies or you HATE THEM.
I don’t understand people who don’t like scary movies, though. YES, you will be scared and NO, you probably won’t sleep well for a while. If you’re lucky and the movie is REALLY SCARY, you might even have a hard time walking around your house in broad daylight for a few days. In best case scenarios, you might recall moments from the movie at 3:07am in the morning, when you’re stumbling in the dark towards the bathroom. Or when you have soap in your eyes in the shower. Or, best of all, when you’re driving alone down a dark, empty road late at night.
Yes, if a scary movie is REALLY GOOD, it will ruin you for a long time to come and isn’t that what we really want?
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PODCAST: “The Conjuring 2” Movie Review (Why I Screamed So Much That Someone Thought I Needed Help)

We finally watched the movie I was most excited about seeing this year, The Conjuring 2. Was it everything I’d hoped it would be? Does it live up to the first movie? Was I screaming so much that someone thought I needed assistance? Listen to find out! I will say I was most disturbed by the picture below, which Michael Hatch showed me right after the movie. It’s supposedly a real photo of the little boy who haunted the Amityville House. It’s also why I only got about 2 hours of sleep last night.

FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “The Conjuring 2” On Me! (Not literally. You can’t sit in my lap if you’re scared.)

See the image above? I saw that for the first time a few months ago, when I saw The Conjuring 2 trailer in the theater. I honestly screamed out loud when that dude came out of the wall. No one else around me screamed because no one else was really paying attention. I, on the other hand, was rapt.

See, I LOVED the first Conjuring. It’s easily in my Top 5 List of Scary Movies and probably in my Top 10 Favorites of All Time, if you forced me to make one. I’m a sucker for any ghost story that’s BASED ON ACTUAL EVENTS, plus Director James Wan has such a delicate touch with these films, they actually feel REAL.

This is why you probably shouldn’t sit anywhere near me during The Conjuring 2. NO, I’m going to scream and flail and probably yell out a healthy dose of profanity in the process. It will be highly embarrassing for us all but you should STILL get free passes to see The Conjuring 2. Do that by clicking HERE, then watch the trailer below. On second thought, maybe you should sit right next to me. And hold my hand!