Director Michael Chaves has cited David Fincher's classic crime thriller as inspiration for the next film in the series.
'The Conjuring' series changed horror films by going back to the simple haunted house story and bringing new cinematic techniques to maximize the scares. The first two featured families under siege in their homes, but the upcoming third film in the series, 'The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It' is about a murder where the killer claims that he was possessed at the time of his crimes.
The film's director Michael Chaves has cited David Fincher's classic thriller 'Seven' as inspiration for his film. In an interview with Total Film, the director discusses the influence 'Seven' had on his vision.
"Up until now, these movies have existed inside a certain type of framework. Seven is one of our favorites, and we were excited by the challenge of doing something along those lines. Something surrounding an investigation – within the series, while still using all that supernatural terminology and language."
'The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It' follows the adventures of Ed and Lorraine Warren, two paranormal investigators whose faith and compassion lead them to help people under supernatural assault. Based on a real criminal case where demonic possession was used as a defense, the film plans to straddle the line between supernatural horror and investigative thriller.
From the synopsis:
Based on a chilling true story, paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren risk their lives to prove the innocence of the accused and the existence of evil forces in the first U.S. murder trial where demonic possession is being used as a legal defense.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It stars Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ruairi O’Connor, Sarah Catherine Hook, and Julian Hilliard.