The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It ending explained Lack of plot makes for a confusing ending

May 31, 2021
Louie Fecou 0
Ending Explained

This article contains major spoilers for The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It’s ending. You can check out our review of the film by clicking these words.

Arne Johnson is in prison, after committing murder. The Warrens are trying to untangle who or what is really behind it, and lurking in the subtext is the idea that this is based on a true story.

The final scenes of The Conjuring 3 show newspaper headlines letting the audience know that this was based on a true story, however, it should really say, “very very very very loosely based on a true event”.

Arne is in the prison hospital, possessed by a demon, summoned by the Satan-worshipping daughter of Father Gordon, Lola, while the Warrens battle with Lola herself.

It seems that Lola has summoned a demon, and needs to provide it with a soul before it can return to hell. Using Totems, Lola targets the person whose soul she offers to the demon. However when her first attempt fails, due to the demon being forced from her first host, it finds itself in the body of Arne. The Warrens know Arne is under its control and sends a priest to perform an exorcism in the prison hospital before the demon forces Arne to commit suicide. As The Warrens close in on Lola, she attempts to possess Dan Warren. He grabs a sledgehammer and attacks his wife Lorraine in the underground passages that Lola has secured to perform her demonic rituals.

The curse that she has set in motion can only be broken if the altar that she prepared the curse on is broken. Dan manages to momentarily gain control of his actions and uses the hammer to destroy the altar. The demon loses its control over Arne, who collapses to the ground comforted by his loyal girlfriend. Meanwhile, as Lola has not completed her side of the bargain, the demon claims her soul and disappears back to hell presumably, leaving the Warrens to escape. However, Dan has forgotten his heart tablets and collapses, but Lorraine has brought some with her, hidden in the locket she wears around her neck, saving his life. We learn that Arne received 5 years imprisonment for manslaughter, a fact taken from the real-life case that the film was based on.

In the final scene, Dan presents Lorraine with a surprise gift, a replica of the bandstand they shared their first kiss in.

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