Humanity’s fascination with the afterlife and demons has had a complex history. Especially when things like demonic possession started to get depicted on film and the satanic panic era of the late 20th century took shape. Whether it’s classics like The Exorcist or modern gems like The Conjuring, our fear of the supernatural has only grown in the last half century. Now Netflix’s latest documentary film, The Devil on Trial, is set to explore the events that inspired The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It: the first and only time demonic possession had officially been used as a legal defense in the United States.
The Devil on Trial, a haunting documentary on the case that inspired The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It, will premiere on Netflix in October.