The Conjuring (2013) introduces us to Ed and Lorraine Warren, played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga. You can read my review of The Conjuring here. In this, The Conjuring 2, the Warren’s continue their paranormal investigations but this time it’s a bit of a two part haunting, one on the other side of the pond and one right there at home.
The movie starts out on the heels of the first movie, documenting the Amityville house. In London, there is a family that is having a very, very paranormal experience in their own home. There is an entity that claims the house that this family lives in, is his. He regularly possesses the youngest daughter Janet, played by Madison Wolfe, and pretty well scares the crap out of everyone. This particular case becomes a bit of a mess when the entity stalks the family while they’re across the street at a neighbors house. This is when Ed and Lorraine are recruited to investigate the haunting and let me tell you, this spirit, Bill, is a rather powerful and cranky old man.
|The Conjuring 2 (2016)|
|Rating: N/A/10 (N/A votes)
Director: James Wan
Writer: Carey Hayes (screenplay), Chad Hayes (screenplay), James Wan (screenplay), David Leslie Johnson (screenplay), Carey Hayes (story), Chad Hayes (story), James Wan (story)
Stars: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, David Thewlis, Franka Potente
Released: 10 Jun 2016
|Plot: Lorraine and Ed Warren travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits.|
Earlier in the movie when Ed and Lorraine are still in America, Ed finds himself painting a picture of a spooky nun. Shortly later, Lorraine has an intense premonition of Ed’s death. This occurrence is enough for Lorraine wanting to quit the investigations. Back to the Hodgson home, the entire investigation comes to a screeching halt when footage is captured of Janet appearing to be faking the entire incident which happened in the kitchen. Clearly thinking it’s all a hoax, the investigators leave. However, this is when things get really, really spooky. But of course, that’s where I’ll leave it as to not spoil anything.
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When I was a kid I was a big horror movie fan, now as an adult, all of those big movie monsters are classics. However this is less of a monster and much more of a spooky ghost story. I really thought this was quite fantastic actually. It brilliantly lived up to the first movie and was just great. A vast majority of the movie happens at night or generally in the dark, and as such, many of the scenes feel really dark and particularly difficult to make out a lot of details and what you’re trying to see. There are a multitude of moments where you’re expecting THIS to happen or THAT to happen, but then they don’t, or something slightly different happens instead. There is a really fun level of tension that is regularly held throughout the movie as a result. There are a handful of somewhat hokey moments when the spirit entity feels very overly animated like a huge toy or doll come to life.
Overall, there aren’t too many horror flicks that I’ve been terribly impressed with in recent years, but The Conjuring 2 was pretty good. And the best part, finally a good ending to a movie, very, very pleased about that.