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The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It poster

I wasn't expecting too much from this third part, looking at the previous Wan-verse films it seems the formula is running on its last legs. I didn't really like Chaves' earlier film either, so maybe that's part of the reason why this turned out to be a pretty solid entry in the Conjuring franchise.

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This third film has Ed and Loraine solving another case. After the exorcism of David Glatzel, the demon jumps into the body of Arne Johnson. Things settle down, but only for a short while. It doesn't take long before the demon starts manifesting himself through Arne, killing a local dog pound owner.

Chaves jumps right into the action and doesn't really slow down. It's nice to see a film that forgoes the slow build-up, it's equally nice to see Chaves play around with the timing of the scares, making them actually somewhat scary and unpredictable again. The film looks pretty nice, performances are solid and the pacing is on point. It's nothing you haven't seen before, but if you love the Wan horrors, this one is pretty good.

The Nun II

2023 / 110m - USA
The Nun II poster

Much like the superhero films, James Wan's cinematic universe is on its last legs. The films still draw crowds, but they've become very stale and generic and the hype is mostly gone. The Nun II is simple horror fodder, a sequel with no real purpose beyond serving familiar scares and horror concepts.

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After surviving the attack of the demon Valak, sister Irene retreats to an Italian convent, where she tries to live a sober and quiet life. Valak manages to escape and he is able to track down Irene's good friend Maurice. Knowing Maurice is in mortal danger, Irene comes back out of hiding to face the demon once again.

The finale is pretty cool and there are some decent build-ups throughout, but the titular character isn't too scary and the jump scares are pretty boring. The plot isn't all that interesting, and so you have to wonder why this film takes almost two hours to finish. Passable horror fodder, but not all that great.

The Curse of La Llorona

2019 / 93m - USA
The Curse of La Llorona poster

You've seen this all before. The Mexican lore doesn't really add all that much, this is just another Wan-like ghost flick with loud scares and scary apparitions. The problem is that Chaves fails to properly build up tension, which makes the jump scares come off cheap. It's not a terrible film, decent horror filler, but very derivative.