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The director of The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It has said the chilling waterbed scene in the forthcoming movie was inspired by real-life events:
The film is the third of The Conjuring franchise, and will see Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga reprise their roles as paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, who take on the Arne Cheyenne Johnson case - the first US court case in which a murder suspect claimed demonic possession as a defence.
Ahead of its release on 4 June, director Michael Chaves has teased the story behind a particularly creepy scene involving a waterbed, in which a young child named David Glatzel (played by Julian Hilliard) comes across a demon.
Chaves, who also directed The Curse of La Llorona, explained that the inspiration for the sequence came from real life.
Speaking to Insider, he said: "The Glatzel family moved into this house and the previous owner had left a bed there.
"There was this really strange stain on the bed, and it's believed that was the origin of the possession."
He explained that the film's screenwriter, David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, ran with that premise, and came up with the idea of Glatzel encountering a waterbed that was left behind when his family moved into a house.
Chaves continued: "I thought it was a stroke of genius.
"Waterbeds are from such a specific time, so I felt the discovery of that and playfulness, there could be something great there."
The franchise itself is based on the case files of Ed and Lorraine Warren, who worked on prominent cases of alleged hauntings.
A full synopsis for the film reads: "The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It reveals a chilling story of terror, murder and unknown evil that shocked even experienced real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren.
"One of the most sensational cases from their files, it starts with a fight for the soul of a young boy, then takes them beyond anything they'd ever seen before, to mark the first time in U.S. history that a murder suspect would claim demonic possession as a defence.
"Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson return to star as Lorraine and Ed Warren, under the direction of Michael Chaves (The Curse of La Llorona). The film also stars Ruairi O'Connor (Starz' The Spanish Princess), Sarah Catherine Hook (Hulu's Monsterland) and Julian Hilliard (the series Penny Dreadful: City of Angels and The Haunting of Hill House)."
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is out in cinemas and on HBO Max from 4 June.
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