THE CONJURING 2 (2016) Review

by on June 18, 2017

in Entertainment, movie reviews

The Conjuring 2, a Quick ReviewThe Conjuring 2, for those of you who like these kinds of movies, is just as good, if not possibly better than the first Conjuring. You don’t have to believe me, but Rotten Tomatoes scored it with an 80% while IMDb users rated it at 7.4/10.

The Conjuring 2 sees Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga reprising their roles as the real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. The new tormented family in this chapter of possessed family members includes the Hodgens, who are played by Madison Wolfe, France O’Connro, Lauren Esposito, Benjamin Haigh and Patrick McAuley.

The Conjuring franchise on Amazon.

The story is set in 1977, when the Warren’s travel to London, England, where a single mother believes that something evil is in her home. When the youngest girl of the family appears possessed, the Warren’s attempt to help the family. But surprisingly, it’s all a bit of bait and switch, as it seems that the Warren’s themselves are being targeted by a malicious spirit, baiting them to come across the ocean to London, to do them in.

The film starts with us watching the Warren’s partaking in one of the most famous huanted house stories of the modern era, the Amityville Horror house. In this opening sequence, we watch Lorraine, who is trying to connect with the spirits there, be given a vision of the death of Ed Warren, a vision that will haunt her for some time.

We then jump over “the pond” to be introduced to the Hodgson’s, a family who, in time, is shown to have a bit of a spirit issue. As we are shown their daily lives, one scene has the two older daughters playing with a Ouija board… NOT GOOD. (Side note: I once played with one of those things in high school with a few friends, and I never touched one since then. Just saying.)

One night the older sister takes note of her younger sister sitting up and talking to herself in the dark corner of their bedroom. She seems to be having a conversation. But as the older sister stands in front of the younger one, she realizes one of the voices is coming from behind her.

And then when no one believes them, the haunting spirits abide by shaking the beds for both kids, then moving furniture for the mother and finally, when the cops are called about an intruder, they too get a show of moving furniture and in the subsequent scene we see them quickly leaving the house saying this is out of their jurisdiction. LOL.

Yes, humor is present in the film, but it’s done well and infrequent, but it hits the mark in its own subtle fashion.

What’s interesting is that this case in the film is based on the “true” story of the Enfield house,  which has been reportedly known as the longest recorded paranormal case of poltergeist activity in history, (according to star Vera Farmiga). Regardless of the claim, The Enfield Poltergeist is the subject of poltergeist activity at a council house in Brimsdown, Enfield, England from 1977 to 1979 involving two sisters, 11 and 13 years old. The usual public reactions took place where some believed while others did not. In the end, events at the house received considerable press coverage and has been the focus of several books, television documentaries, a TV mini-series and the like.

No matter the subject of this “true” story, this sequel was a wonderful collection of goosebumps moments. I’m a sucker for these kinds of films, when done well enough, and the story had a nice set of twists that made it just a bit more than the usual horror flick.

James Wan stuff on Amazon.

The Conjuring 2 was directed by James Wan (Saw & Insidious film franchises, and he’s directing WB’s Aquaman movie), who turned down a shot at directing Fate of the Furious, to helm this film instead, which for fans of this franchise, is a very good thing! The film runs 2 hours and 15 minutes, and it does not feel that long, because there’s a lot that needs introducing in the film, and the balance is pretty spot on.

Had I seen this movie in theaters, I would not have mind spending the money on seeing it. It’s also rare to get a sequel that was as good as or maybe even better than the first film. And this does that. It does it well enough for me to give it a popcorn 9/10.

At the time of this posting, it’s airing on HBO and available on Amazon video. If you don’t get that network, if you do like these kinds of films, I think it would be a worthy rental. If not, keep mental note of it for when it comes to network television for the ad-riddled three-hour version! There seems to be “chatter” on the web about a third Conjuring, but that only seems to be link bait titles to take advantage of fan interest because I don’t see anything about a third film being in development or production. But Wan is working on a fourth Insidious film.

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