The Conjuring 2

The Conjuring 2

(2016)

The next true story from the case files of Ed and Lorraine Warren.

Sequel to the supernatural horror hit The Conjuring (2013). Stars Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson return alongside director James Wan. Set in 1977, paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren travel to England to help a single mum raising four children who are plagued by malicious spirits.... More

The Warrens are real-life supernatural investigators and authors. The first film was based on their reported experiences, and this one follows their Enfield Poltergeist findings. Hide

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As with its 2013 predecessor, The Conjuring 2 serves up a hodge-podge of horror as the procedural paranormal work of Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) intersects with unexplained household phenomena. This time it's set in dreary late 70s Britain, in other words, somewhere damn near Hell already.... More

The leap across the pond sees the sequel getting more mileage out of the rainy, period setting than the first film’s location. In going back forty-odd years, both technology and skepticism aren’t as advanced - this isn’t long after The Exorcist shocked a generation - and the impoverished English setting ramps up the disconnect from our modern seen-it-all cynicism.

Director James Wan’s Australian background likely came in handy for getting this UK tone right. I can’t think of any other Hollywood film in which trying to watch The Goodies is made difficult by a meddlesome entity.

When focusing on traditional vintage horror tropes, The Conjuring 2 convinces. But as Wan runs the stylistic gamut from 70s to the present day, including a scary nun indebted to both Marilyn Manson and Matthew Barney, and a rather preposterous CGI-era giant apparition, it falters. Jump scares may abound, but the most successfully tense moments are unsurprisingly the simplest, and most banal.

The Warrens are also a bit of a weak link for much of the film. In recounting their involvement with the Amityville (careful, lowercase) horror, and seeing their room of spooky souvenirs from prior outings, the duo’s presence often plays like a 70s TV show. It’s more than a little corny, a shame since their religious conviction is crucial to the film. Contemporary audiences need as much help buying into that belief, and the overall realism, as possible - faith-based motivations likely somewhat comical to some of this film’s intended audience.Hide


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I would have enjoyed The Conjuring 2 a lot more if it was half an hour shorter. It starts well and convincingly and the middle just drags. The scares are pretty good jump scares some very predictable but a few to get the heart racing unexpectedly. The Warrens' were almost the let down of the movie due to the disjointed middle their characters didn't have that many great scenes.


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  • This furiously bizarre follow-up deserves full marks for throw-everything-at-the-screen entertainment value, but none for execution. Full Review

  • Lacking some of the simplicity and elegance of the first installment... nonetheless a smoothly efficient horror movie, building to a powerhouse finale rooted in our emotional connection to the film's well-drawn main characters. Full Review

  • After 'Insidious' and 'The Conjuring', James Wan has his method down. Full Review

  • The Conjuring 2, unlike pretty much everything else I've seen this year with a "2" in the title, might even be a slightly better film than the original. Full Review

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