Based on a rare and chilling true story that also inspired the hit film ‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It’, this documentary follows an extraordinary legal case, where for the first time in judicial history, demonic possession was used as a defence in a grizzly murder trial.
Unlike the ‘Conjuring’ film, this documentary unfolds the harrowing story of the Glatzel family as it incorporates firsthand accounts, and actual recordings of the alleged devil possession.
Set in 1980, the story follows an 11-year-old boy named David Glatzel, portrayed by Foster Hamilton, who exhibits unsettling behaviour and utters blasphemous statements. His family, with their strongly held Christian beliefs, are convinced that he is a victim of demonic possession and hastily arranged an exorcism that attracts the attention of renowned demonologists and paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren.
THE DEVIL ON TRIAL | Official Trailer | Netflix
“The Devil on Trial” reopens a long-closed chapter in legal history, and brings many individuals directly involved in these haunting events to share their perspectives on the case. It’s the conclusion that has astonished people, prompting viewers to question their own perceptions of truth.
Taking to Twitter, several viewers have shared their first-hand reactions to the documentary. While some had a hearty laugh at the “pork chop” dialogue, others raved about the ‘balance’ it maintained between the supernatural and logic.
“The Devil on Trial bring a good balance between the perspective on the supernatural and the logical. At the end of the documentary it’s a matter which perspective you believe more,” wrote a viewer.
Another said, “Watching the Devil on Trial on Netflix, and as one who believes in the paranormal, I have a hard time taking this seriously. I always thought the Warrens were clowns and grifters and this stuff with “the demons are gonna get you” and are under every bush thing always was comical to me as a pagan and someone with mental illness who has had doctors tell me I was suffering from demonic oppression.”
All could agree that the end made all the difference. “After watching the devil on trial, I don’t know who to trust anymore,” wrote a viewer.
Another commented, “nooo, that twist at the end of Devil On Trial.”
“Just watched the netflix documentary ‘the devil on trial’ THE ENDING WAS SO… i know they were something off with the warrens and it is proven that they’re scammers,” said another.
Check out all the fan reactions below:
While there may be differing interpretations, director Holt said in a statement to Netflix, “People may question the veracity of accounts, but I spent countless hours with David, Arne, Alan, and Carl, and their narratives remained consistent. They held firm to their belief in their truth. It’s a reflection of their experiences and beliefs.”