THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT Stills Tease Darkest Entry In The Horror Franchise Yet

THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT Stills Tease Darkest Entry In The Horror Franchise Yet

The first official promo stills from the upcoming third installment in The Conjuring franchise have been released ahead of the first trailer, as director Michael Chaves promises the "darkest" entry yet.

The first trailer for The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is imminent (tomorrow is a safe bet), and we have a batch of new stills from what director Michael Chaves is calling the "biggest, darkest" entry in the mega-popular horror franchise yet.

The images feature returning stars Patrick Wilson and Verga Farmiga as real-life ghostbusters Ed and Lorraine Warren, along with Ruairi O'Connor as Arne Johnson - who claimed demonic possession as a defense for murdering his landlord in 1981 - and Eugenie Bondurant as a mysterious character known only as The Occultist.

“In a lot of ways, this is the biggest Conjuring movie,” Chaves tells IGN. “I showed the final cut to [star] Vera [Farmiga] and her husband and they agreed, and they were like, ‘This is the darkest Conjuring movie.’ It digs into some really dark material. This is definitely a case where there's real consequence, there's real victims."

If you count both Annabelle movies, The Nun and The Curse of La Llorona (which Chaves also helmed), The Devil Made Me Do It is actually the seventh installment in the series, but the filmmaker promises that this will be unlike anything that's come before.

“This is really taking the Warrens into uncharted places,” says Chaves. “Being a fan of the franchise, I was honestly really nervous at first breaking with convention, breaking with a lot of things that are tradition, but I think that what we've done is really woven the language and the things that you do want from a Conjuring film - the scares, the Warrens, their relationship - [and [pushed them] to the limits in this really fresh and exciting new direction.”

Head on over to IGN to check out the stills, and let us know if you're looking forward to The Conjuring 3 in the comments.

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