The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It + references to other horror movies
The Exorcist (1973):
In the prologue of the movie when Ed and Lorraine are performing an exorcism, there is a shot of Father Gordon showing up and exiting from the cab which pays tribute to the horror masterpiece 'The Exorcist'.
During David's exorcism, he's wearing light blue pajamas, which is very similar to the pattern on the nightgown worn by Regan during her exorcism. When the demonic entity takes control of the boy, his body gets contorted to mirror Regan's spider-like movements.
The Shining (1980):
The movie notably centered on Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson), a man coerced by spirits in the Overlook Hotel to kill his family. Jack terrifyingly hunted his family down through the halls of the empty hotel with his axe. Chaves replicated the sequence in his own way by giving Ed a sledgehammer as he chased Lorraine in the tunnels under Kastner's house while possessed. To strengthen the reference, Ed even had a limp, just like Jack did in The Shining.
Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988):
The fourth installment centered on the terror caused by Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) featured a moment in which a character named Joey (Rodney Eastman) started to fall asleep on his waterbed before witnessing an attractive model swimming in the water-filled mattress. Freddy then bursts out from the waterbed, attacking Joey before killing him. The Conjuring 3 doesn't take the same brutal approach, but the fundamental scare is still there. When the Glatzel family moves into their new Brookfield, Connecticut home, David discovers a waterbed left by the previous owner. He jumps on top of it before a hand bursts out in a Freddy Krueger-like fashion. It's important to note that The Devil Made Me Do It's assistant director Jeffrey Wetzel also worked on The Dream Master.
David hears disturbing noises, forcing him to hide in the bathtub. As a reference to Psycho's iconic shower scene, David is sprayed with blood from the shower as he screams for his life.
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