By Michael McCarty
The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It. This is the eight film in The Conjuring series/universe and I’d say of all those films I’d rank it in the top 3 (the first of course, The Conjuring, followed by the first Annabelle and at number three – The Conjuring 3).
The series has plenty of good jolts along the way: demonic possession, spooky nun apparitions and the haunted Annabelle doll.
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Unfortunately, I feel, the core story, of Ed and Lorraine Warren was starting to become unfocused and shoved to the back.
I am happy to report that The Conjuring 3, like The Conjuring 1, brings the Warrens back into the forefront of the picture. In this movie, Ed (played by Patrick Wilson) and his wife Loraine (Vera Farmiga) take on one of the most sensational cases of their long career when a young murder suspect claim a demonic possession for their defense.
The film begins in 1981 when the Warrens are called to document the exorcism of 8-year-old David Glatzel, attended by his family, his sister Debbie, her boyfriend Arne Johnson, and a priest in the Connecticut town of Brookfield. During the exorcism, which was one of the paranormal couples toughest ones, Arne invites the demon to enter his body instead of David’s. Ed witnesses the demon transport itself from David’s body to Arne’s whilst he suffers from a heart attack, and is taken to a hospital.
I am very familiar with the Warrens case and the Arne Johnson murder trial. When you co-write such books as GHOSTLY TALES OF ROUTE 66, CONVERSATIONS WITH KRESKIN, GHOSTLY OF THE QUAD CITIES and EERIE QUAD CITIES … you’d suspect I’d be.
I don’t want any spoilers here or anything, because part of the fun, is the not knowing what will happen next and the thrills that follow.
I will say only one thing, when Lorraine was crawling around the crawlspace under the house (which I did plenty of times, when I worked pest control for three years) and she saw all those rats underneath, I was thinking the family needs an exterminator almost as much as they needed an exorcism.
Great cast with Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmigo. Great direction from Michael Chaves … and a great script and story from David Leslie Johnson and James Won.
My rating, **** 1/2 out of *****
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GHOSTS OF THE QUAD CITIES co-written by Michael McCarty.
Divided by state lines and the Mississippi River, the Quad Cities share a common haunted heritage. If anything, the seam that runs through the region is especially rife with spirits, from the Black Angel of Moline’s Riverside Cemetery to the spectral Confederate POWs of Arsenal Island. Of course, the city centers have their own illustrious supernatural residents – the Hanging Ghost occupies Davenport’s City Hall, while the Phantom Washwoman wanders Bettendorf’s Central Avenue. At Igor’s Bistro in Rock Island, every day is Halloween. Discover the paranormal places and events as Michael McCarty hunts down the haunted lore of this vibrant Midwestern community.
EERIE QUAD CITIES
by Michael McCarty & John Brassard Jr.
Introduction by The Amazing Kreskin
Afterword by Rick Lopez of Igor’s Bistro
Like the mighty Mississippi River that cleaves the Quad Cities, the region’s history can trap the unwary in some unexpected eddies. Peer through the fog of the past to catch a glimpse of the Tinsmith Ghost of Rock Island or the river serpent with a price on its head. Get the back story on the Banshee of Brady Street, read the 1869 report on a Bigfoot sighting near East Davenport and run the numbers on local UFO activity. From phantom footsteps in the Renwick Mansion to a mausoleum heist in Chippiannock Cemetery, Michael McCarty and John Brassard Jr. trace a path through the shadowy heritage of the Quad Cities.
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