There’s something about post-credits scenes that movie audiences love. They can provide a few extra laughs, wrap up a storyline that perhaps felt unfinished or be loaded with Easter eggs to set things up for a subsequent film.
The most recent version of Disney’s Cruella, for example, has a mid-credits scene that lays the groundwork for the franchise to expand — and Emma Thompson has already said she’ll write the sequel.
For fans who are excited to see The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, however, they should not get their hopes up for any such cinematic nugget as director Michael Chaves has revealed there isn’t one.
The filmmaker told NME that he had originally planned to have a post-credits scene, but then changed his mind as he felt it would be better to end on a definite note rather than hinting at more to come.
“I’ll keep it a mystery as to what it was because it may be coming back in another form,” Chaves said, before alluding to the deleted scene referencing some of the villains and ideas that were introduced in the movie.
“We were really proud with the ending of the film,” he said. “It felt like a finite close to the story.”
The eighth instalment in The Conjuring Universe and the sequel to 2013’s The Conjuring and 2016’s The Conjuring 2, The Devil Made Me Do It sees Paranormal investigators Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) try to uncover the truth behind a murderer’s claim of demonic possession.
The film is based on true events, with the 1981 Connecticut murder trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson serving as the inspiration.
Johnson was accused of killing his landlord, Alan Bono, and claimed that he had been possessed by the demonic spirit that had previously been residing in an 11-year-old boy named David Glatzel.
In order to draw inspiration for the film, Chaves listened to the real-life audio of an exorcism that was conducted on Glatzel, during which he can be heard screaming and shouting while a priest commands the ‘spirit’ within him to leave.
“We played that for people, just to get everyone in the mood, and you could feel the temperature in the room change,” Chaves said in an interview with The Latch.
“Everybody just got chills listening to that.”
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