The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It Interview with Director Michael Chaves

Credit: Warner Bros./Ben Rothstein

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is the third film in the series and the eighth film in The Conjuring Universe. Attached as the director is Michael Chaves, who helmed The Curse of La Llorona. The film was inspired by a few iconic horror films, and Chaves paid homages to them with some recognizable scenery.

“I’m a big fan of The Exorcist,” Chaves tells Nerd Reactor. “And I think that the whole Conjuring franchise is at their best when they’re kind of love letters to to classic horror cinema. It was something where I was like, ‘I think we need to have a nod to that.’ You know, the figure in the window is a little bit like Psycho, which I think might have not even been in the actual movie, but it was always in the poster, and that was kind of in my memory. So I was like, ‘You know, it is basically a love letter to like all my favorite horror movies.'”

“And even like the waterbed sequence,” he continued. “I think it was A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master. That was such a great sequence and I also have a deep fear of waterbeds. So, I need to get the word out because these things are still dangerous, and they can’t be trusted.”

The Artifact Room is the most recognizable room in The Conjuring universe, and Chaves gets to use it once again in The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It. Even with the room being featured in the films, it still gets torn down and recreated.

“I think for the last couple iterations, they’re like, ‘We think this Conjuring franchise is gonna stick around. We should probably keep the set,'” he said. “So they’ve kept it, they break it down, but then they reinstated every time somebody shoots in there. Gary had it last with Annabelle Comes Home.”

New Line Cinema tests movies at a very early stage, and the same thing was done for the latest Conjuring film. Chaves was very scared of that for The Curse of La Llorona because he felt very vulnerable. However, it was still an exhilarating process where he can feel what’s working and what’s not working with audience members.

“They come in and they can feel when something’s right,” Chaves said. “And they can feel when something’s wrong. Whether or not they can say exactly what it is, they’ll itch at the things that that need to be scratched or have something wrong with them. I can watch this movie a million times by myself, and then when you guys come in, it’s a totally different experience. It’s the same thing with the test audience. That’s honestly why I love taking different people and family members to see the same movie. I think I saw Logan three different times with three different family members. It changes each time because silently, you’re having this weird shared experience.”

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