The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is a dark comedy film directed by Jennifer Aniston and starring in the lead role Jennifer Aniston, also known for her appearances on the TV series Burn notice. The movie was made as a sequel to the successful film The Ring, also starring Jennifer Aniston and Tim Allen. The movie has become one of the year's most popular films at the box office.
The movie revolves around a young girl namedakia who lives a simple life in rural Pennsylvania with her mother and older sister. She is known to be an avid reader, and is good at finding stories about the lives of those she comes across. One night, she goes to her aunt's farm where her grandmother had gone while on a fishing trip. There she finds a skull that has a hole in its forehead.
As the years pass, the skull begins to change, growing a red face, spreading wings, and finally developing four wings, which eventually become part of the body of the demon. When the police discover the body, they do not recognize it as being that of a human being. Soon after that, the devil himself shows up, claiming to be the only one who can stop her from possessing the body. In order to accomplish this, he traps the woman in a room, and during a subsequent dream, he forces her to drink a potion that causes the demon to transform into a young boy named Gabriel.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It follows the efforts of the young boy, Gabriel to expel the evil spirit. He must fight his way through the underground levels of the Glatzel Earth and battle his way through demonic warriors. The fighting is gruesome, especially when Gabriel's enemies turn out to be zombies. There are moments when the reality gets blurred and you are left wondering if you are actually seeing things with your eyes or seeing them happen. This is when the reader realizes that the boy has been conjured up by the author just like the other children.
Gabriel's struggle with the Glatzel Earth and his quest to find his father is accompanied by his friends, Carl and Becky. The theme of the book also includes the struggle of children to find their place in the society. The three boys travel with Carl and Becky to the Glatzel, but before they can enter, they are captured by the Glatzel itself. Carl and Becky manage to free themselves but both are soon recaptured. When they are returned, the boys find that Carl and Becky have been transformed into tiny beings that look exactly like their father.
With this mind-blowing debut, I was hooked on this book right from the start. With an excellent plot line, excellent characters, and excellent illustrations, The Conjuring: The Devil Made in Connecticut does an amazing job at creating a protagonist that captures the readers' imagination. In addition, author Jill Vanderwood does an excellent job of creating suspense and making the reader want to know what happens next. The entire novel, including the prologue and the afterword, is written in a clear voice that will not only make you want to read the next book in this series but also might inspire you to pick up The Conjuring: The Devil Made in Connecticut series by Carl Glatzel.