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The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It recounts the 1981 case of Arne Cheyenne Johnson, who claims he was possessed by a demon when he murdered his landlord. As a case that world-renowned ghost-hunting couple Ed and Lorraine Warren worked on, it made sense for James Wan and his team to add this story to The Conjuring franchise. Find out how many jump scares there are in the latest Conjuring horror movie.

[SPOILER ALERT: Spoilers ahead for The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It.]

'The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It' Ed and Lorraine Warren in the woods
L-R: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga and Keith Arthur Bolden | Ben Rothstein/Warner Bros. Pictures

James Wan didn’t direct ‘The Devil Made Me Do It’ 

Contrary to popular belief, Wan didn’t direct The Conjuring 3. Instead, his friend and collaborator Michael Chaves directed the film. Chaves previously worked on another movie in The Conjuring universe — The Curse of La Llorona. But just because Wan didn’t direct the latest installment in The Conjuring franchise doesn’t mean it lacks jump scares. 

‘The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It’ has 13 jump scares total

The movies in The Conjuring universe have become synonymous with jump scares. The Devil Made Me Do It is a courtroom drama that meets something out of American Horror Story. While the new thriller focuses less on the U.S. court case and more on the fictionalized villain The Occultist (Eugenie Bondurant), there are still plenty of scares that will make you jump out of your seat.

With a run time of 112 minutes and an R-rating, The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It has 13 jump scares total. The first comes just under five minutes into the film when David Glatzel, played by The Haunting of Hill House star Julian Hilliard, hears a loud knocking on the bathroom door.

The Chaves-directed film other jump scares include: 

  1. The shower shooting blood onto David. 
  2. David charging out of the bathroom shadows with a shard of glass.
  3. Arne (Ruairi O’Connor) investigating the spilled cereal and a rat running out of the box.  
  4. Arne turning to find a woman standing behind him after investigating a hole in the wall. 
  5. A chainsaw starting up after Arne spots the same woman in the window. 
  6. Arne seeing a demonic version of Bruno (Ronnie Gene Blevins) charge out of the shadows in the kennel. 
  7. A demon hand bursting out of the water bed. 
  8. In prison, Arne is grasped by a demon standing behind him. 
  9. As Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) investigates Jessica’s (Ingrid Bisu) disappearance, visions of her and Katie (Andrea Andrade) appear from behind a tree. 
  10. A demon grabbing Lorraine’s ankle as she stands on the edge of a cliff (as seen in the trailer). 
  11. In the morgue, a reanimated body charges at Ed (Patrick Wilson). 
  12. A woman appears behind Lorraine as she closes the door in Kastner’s (John Noble) home. 

Is ‘The Conjuring 3’ as scary as the other ‘Conjuring’ movies?

Many fans agree that the third movie is the least scary of all The Conjuring films. Some outlets like Collider thought The Devil Made Me Do It put too much focus on the Warren’s love story. 


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In a behind-the-scenes look at the franchise, Wan mentions his desire to focus on the Warren’s relationship and the love they shared. Wan’s version of a love story happens to be set in a horror film. 

Still, other outlets, like USA Today, found the movie sufficiently creepy. How did you feel about The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It