Saturday, November 19, 2016

THE CONJURING 2

The Conjuring 2 Movie Review

Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga reprise their roles as Ed and Lorraine Warren, and this time they're off to England to investigate the strange occurrences in the Hodgson household. Much like the first film, the sequel is based on a true story--in fact, it's kind of based on two, as the movie starts off, as promised in the first film, in the infamous Amityville house, but quickly redirects to the famed Enfield haunting, one of the most well-known (and controversial) real-life stories of demon possession. That story surrounds the Hodgson family, most notably daughter Janet, played wonderfully here by Madison Wolfe.

Don't look at me like that, dammit, Janet

The Warrens, with the assistance of several other expert types, try to determine what is causing the commotion at the house, and if this is all simply a hoax. Much like the first film, this one is Rated R based solely on being scary--there's no blood, gore, swearing, or nudity, but to me, this film isn't nearly as scary as the original...that's not to say there are no scary scenes, however. Unfortunately, for every scary scene (the voice of the old man coming out of Janet) you get jump scares or a dream sequence of Ed getting killed, complete with CGI of something going through his body. You get a terrifying monster (Crooked Man) but then you get a demon nun who looks less scary and more....

Marilyn Manson?

At 134 minutes the movie does run a bit long, but the pace is good enough to keep you interested for the duration. The acting is decent across the board, though Wilson seems less interested here. James Wan fails to create the disturbing atmosphere he set in the first film, and many of the scares in this film seem too forced--that said, The Conjuring 2 is still a good horror film that should not be missed.

On A Scale Of One To Ten: 7

The Conjuring 2 Movie Trailer

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