The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

Director: Michael Chaves
Year Released: 2021
Rating: 1.0

In the early 80's, eight-year-old David (Julian Hilliard) was "possessed by the devil," but then he "passes" the demon to Arne (Ruairi O'Connor), who kills his landlord Bruno (Ronnie Gene Blevins) ... which of course draws the attention of "paranormal experts" Ed Warren (Patrick Wilson) and his wife Lorraine (Vera Farmiga).  It's kind of astounding that there isn't an original idea in the whole thing - Wilson and Farmiga (admirably?) give the whole project a bit of clout, but the whole subplot with the old priest that's fascinated with the occult (and kept a daughter hidden as a secret) is just so lazily handled, and maybe it's just me but I'm tired of seeing every new "scare" moment in a movie starting off with a box of cereal "falling mysteriously."  If you believe any of this happened the way it's presented here - after all, it tells you it's "based on a true story" - let me know so I can find you a GoodRx coupon for Haldol.