Recently released sequel, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, cut a demon that could have been used for a spinoff, says the film’s director.

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do it cut a demonic character that could have gone on to lead its own spinoff film. The highly successful horror franchise’s latest offering marks the first time that creator James Wan has stepped aside from directorial duties. In his place is newcomer Michael Chaves, whose only previous feature film has been 2019’s La Curse of La Llorona. So far, The Conjuring 3 isn’t a critical favorite, but fans seem generally pleased.

Aside from the change in directors, The Conjuring 3 also breaks with franchise tradition by taking series protagonists, Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, respectively), out of the conflines of a haunted house. Both The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2 dealt with evil spirits that were restricted to homes, but in the franchise’s third chapter, the focus of the Warren’s paranormal investigative skills is demonic possession. Based on the true story of America’s first ever legal case in which a defendant cited demonic possession as the reason for committing a brutal murder, The Conjuring 3 doesn’t quite feel like past entries in the series, yet still manages to not seem out of place among its predecessors.

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