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The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It | 2021 | R | – 1.7.3

content-ratingsWhy is “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “terror, violence and some disturbing images.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a few kissing scenes, many scenes of encounters with what are identified as people possessed by demons, hallucinations that lead to murder and near murder, discussions of the occult and satanic rituals, and some strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


A murder case that seems to have a possible link to demonic possession is investigated by a couple (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) that specializes in occult activity. Also with Ruairi O’Connor, Sarah Catherine Hook, Julian Hilliard, John Noble, Eugenie Bondurant, Shannon Kook, Ronnie Gene Blevins, Keith Arthur Bolden and Steve Coulter. Directed by Michael Chaves. [Running Time: 1:52]

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It SEX/NUDITY 1

 – A young man and a young woman hug and kiss each other tenderly and she caresses his hair in a couple of flashbacks. A young man and a young woman kiss and he carries her over a threshold. A man and a woman kiss.
 A young man and a young woman lie in bed together kissing and flirting. A man insists that a young woman dance with him and holds her close even though she protests.
 A young boy asks a young man when he is going to ask his sister to marry him.
 A dead body reanimates and charges toward a man in a few scenes; we see the body with autopsy scars across his chest, his bare chest and abdomen and back and his groin and buttocks are in heavy shadow.

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It VIOLENCE/GORE 7

 – A man carries a young boy downstairs and the boy scratches the walls as if he had giant claws; the boy is held on a table and he froths at the mouth while a priest recites prayers over him, and the priest sprays holy water on the boy and his face boils as his body twists unnaturally. A boy hears loud banging in his bedroom and hides in the bathroom, decrepit fingers reach over the curtain rod and something turns on the faucets that pour blood on the child as he screams; we see the child cowering in the shadows when a man breaks the door open and the child stabs him in the leg with a knife, and twists the blade as the man screams (we see the bloody wound). A young boy jumps off a table, tackles a man to the floor, pounds on the man’s chest and with a deep voice says, “I’ll rip your heart out.” A young man holds a boy that is undergoing a demonic possession and yells, “Take me, leave him alone”; the boy collapses and the young man is shown with glassy eyes and pale skin acting as if he is in a trance.
 A young man sees a man becoming a demon and dancing with his girlfriend; the young man runs away and the man chases him until the young man falls and stabs the man as he approaches him (the young man hears growling, sees the man as a demon and red lights flash behind him); we later hear that the man was stabbed 22 times and we see him blood-soaked and lying in a pool of blood.
 A cadaverous woman enters a room and a man in the room takes out a handgun; before he can shoot the woman moves behind him and slashes his throat (we see blood gush). A cadaverous woman chases another woman, tackles her and holds a knife toward her eyes; the other woman hits the attacker in the head with a rock and gets away. A cadaverous woman twists her body unnaturally and falls to the floor where a demon squeezes her head in its hand and disappears (we hear crunching). A dead body reanimates and charges toward a man in a few scenes; we see the body with autopsy scars across his chest. A cadaverous woman blows dust in a man’s eyes and the man becomes entranced chasing a woman and swinging a sledgehammer toward her, until she manages to break the spell.
 A young man restrained to a bed thrashes and moves unnaturally breaking his bones and freeing himself from the straps; he stands in the room and continues moving unnaturally (we hear more cracking), levitates off the floor and holds a large shard of glass to his own throat (he does not cut himself). A young man squeezes his hand, blood pours out, and we see shards of glass in his hand and arm. A cadaverous being appears behind a young man and grips him around the throat causing him to gasp and fall to the floor. A young man stumbles along the side of the road and we see that his shirt and hands are blood-soaked and his eyes are glassy and rolled back in his head; he tells a police officer that stops, “I think I hurt someone.” A young boy walks through an empty house and finds a waterbed that he climbs onto; the water moves oddly and he looks at the mattress closely until a decayed hand punches through the mattress and grabs the boy spraying water on him as the boy screams and pulls away.
 When a man thinks he sees a reanimated corpse charging toward him, he raises a knife toward it and chases it only to find that he is chasing his wife (no one is injured). A young man holding a chainsaw and lashed to a tree while cutting limbs tries to start the saw but it won’t start, and he is startled when he sees someone in a nearby window; the saw starts by itself and he drops it on the ground near where two other men are standing and they yell at him (there are no injuries). A woman runs to the edge of a rock cliff and slips but a man catches her and brings her back up safely. A man sees leaves blowing into his house and a woman standing in the shadows; he confronts her to find his wife and she disappears.
 A young man hears rustling in a kitchen and a box of cereal falls on the floor and spills; he investigates and something skitters out of the box that he follows and finds a strange charred hole in a wall. A young man spills a mop bucket in a prison medical ward, he reaches under a bed to retrieve it and it moves away startling him; he turns around to see a patient sitting up in bed oddly and imagines that he is a demon as guards hold the young man to the floor. A woman climbs in the crawlspace under a house and finds many rats scurrying around a “witch’s totem used to invite demons” that looks like it’s made of an animal’s jaw and other objects. A woman holds a boy’s hand when he is undergoing an exorcism and she sees visions of rituals with candles burning and totems. A man insists that a young woman dance with him and holds her close even though she protests. A young man is shown restrained in a bed in a prison hospital.
 A man takes a man and a woman to a room where we see totems, animal skulls and other items used in rituals as he describes that people would make blood sacrifices. People read from the Bible while trying to rid an 8-year-old boy of what we are told is a demonic possession. We read that a murder in 1981 was tried and that the accused plead not guilty on the ground that he was possessed by a demon.
 A man talks about a woman having been cursed and that when she had a baby the child was born with her heart on the outside and the mother killed herself. A man talks about a woman dying in childbirth. We hear about two young women disappearing and that one was found dead and stabbed 22 times, but the other was never found. A man is shown in a hospital after a heart attack.

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It LANGUAGE 3

 – 1 scatological term, 5 mild obscenities, name-calling (runt, coward, strange, crazy, obscene, blasphemy, sideshow attraction, damned), exclamations (hey), 17 religious exclamations (My God, Oh My Lord, Thank God, Lord, Jesus Christ, Please God, Please God, Oh Dear God, God, Oh God, Blasphemy, several prayers during exorcisms and other rituals). | profanity glossary |

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It SUBSTANCE USE

 – A man takes a prescription heart medication. A man drinks beers and insists that a young man join him. A man smokes a cigarette in a house.

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Demonic possession, exorcisms, murder, manslaughter, curses, satanic rituals, faith, chaos, cults, obsession, mitigating circumstances, hallucinations, existence of God, existence of the devil.

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It MESSAGE

 – Love can save you from the unthinkable.

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