Review: The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It is way too silly

Spooky horror based on terrifyingly real-life supernatural stories are hard to get right and The Conjuring, the original 2013 film, is a modern example of a film getting it very right.

Now we're eight films into the resulting franchise and the strength in the subtlety of that first movie is completely gone.

The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It ramps everything up to a ridiculous degree, even throwing zombies into a movie "based on a true story".

It's so silly and over-the-top that it's definitely one of the weaker films in the franchise, sure to elicit as many giggles as it does frights.

But it does indeed have some good frights, too.

This franchise is now adept at crafting scenes of possessed people, full on exorcisms and depicting stuff like scary demon fingers gripping things. The Devil Made Me Do It packs it in from the get-go and those sequences are generally fun.

If you really liked the previous Conjuring movies, you'll know what to expect and may get your money's worth, especially if you see this one in-cinema.

Just be prepared to laugh at how dumb it is and how far they've pushed these movies away from that cool realism factor that helped get us into them in the first place.

Two stars.