The Conjuring 3 trailer has arrived and it promises to offer longtime fans of the blockbuster horror franchise its most disturbing story yet.
Officially titled The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It, the third installment will see Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson reprise their roles as respective real life paranormal investigators Lorraine and Ed Warren once again.
However, this movie may seem different to the previous two as Ed and Lorraine won’t be tracking down an evil spirit lurking inside a haunted house, but instead working on a court case.
The Conjuring 3 will centre on the trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson, following the apparent possession of 11-year-old David Glatzel in 1980.
Johnson was present at the exorcism and later goes on to murder his landlord. In his defence at the trial, Johnson claims he was possessed by the demon, becoming the first court case in America featuring demonic possession as a defence.
Enter the Warrens, who are tasked with trying to determine whether Johnson is plagued by evil spirits or simply just evil.
The trailer opens with a gaunt-looking man being stopped by police while covered in blood, as he says: ‘I think I hurt someone.’ We then see the chaos of the trial unfold and the Warrens’ investigation and all their gruesome findings along the way.
Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson return as Lorraine and Ed Warren
The Conjuring’s franchise creator James Wan previously teased of the new installment: ‘I really wanted The Conjuring 3 to get away from the whole haunted-house setup of the first two Conjuring films.
‘It should be more on a whole different level, something that we’ve never explored before in the Conjuring world.
Michael Chaves, who has directed the new film, also revealed to IGN: ‘In a lot of ways, this is the biggest Conjuring movie.
‘I showed the final cut to Vera and her husband and they agreed, and they were like, “This is the darkest Conjuring movie”. It digs into some really dark material.
‘This is definitely a case where there’s real consequence, there’s real victims… There’s real events and real tragedies that happen to the Warrens.’
The Conjuring Universe has reignited the horror movie industry over the past decade and has grossed more than $1.8billion (£1.3bn) worldwide.
Spin-off movies have so far included three Annabelle movies, including this year’s Annabelle Comes Home, and The Nun.
The first Conjuring movie, released in 2013, centered on a family being terrorised in their Rhode Island home. It grossed an impressive $319.5m (£243m) on a budget of $20m (£15m).
Conjuring 2 was released in 2015 and retold the story of the Enfield hauntings in North London and grossed $320m (£243m).
The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It is set for release in UK cinemas on May 28.