Lorraine and Ed Warren travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits.
Directed by: James Wan
Starring: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Madison Wolfe, Frances O’Connor
Well, Ed and Lorraine Warren are back at it in The Conjuring 2. This time, they head off to England to cover what will become known in paranormal circles as “England’s Amityville.” Coincidentally, this is where the film opens, with Lorraine contacting a demonic entity during their investigation at Amityville. This pushes her to the edge and she convinces Ed that they should stop doing investigations for the time being.
Obviously, that hiatus doesn’t last long, when the church comes calling for their assistance once again to verify a situation in London.
If you haven’t seen the trailer for The Conjuring 2, here it is:
If you saw The Conjuring, then you know what to expect here: moody interiors, shocking appearances and disappearances, objects moving, etc.
But what you may not expect is how much this movie plays more like a love story between Ed and Lorraine, with the supernatural stuff over top, than the first one. This makes the movie so much better, although I wasn’t necessarily a fan of the more comedic aspects in this one, which caused the audience to break out in laughter, and not the “well-that-was-scary-wasn’t-it?” laughter.
Naturally, most people scoff at the idea of the supernatural, and especially the “true stories” of the Warrens, but no matter how you feel about it or them, the movie definitely hits all the right notes again to put the creep into you. So much better than the Paranormal Activity films, which eschew any attempt at convincing back story or character development in favor of a series of jump-scares, The Conjuring (1 and 2) makes every effort to have the audience feel–and oftentimes fear–for the characters.
Sure, The Conjuring 2 has got its share of those same jump-scares, but they’re not as pervasive as in other modern horror films.
Maybe that’s why I like these films so much; they have the feel of older horror movies, where you’re supposed to be frightened the whole time, not really knowing what’s going on, or worse: knowing exactly what’s going on but being unable to do anything about it.
I say, “see it.”