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The Conjuring 2
Director: James Wan
Writers: James Wan, Carey Hayes, Chad Hayes, David Leslie Johnson
Cast: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Madison Wolfe, Frances O'Connor, Lauren Esposito , Benjamin Haigh, Patrick McAuley, Simon McBurney, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Simon Delaney, Franka Potente, Bob Adrian, Bonnie Aarons, Javier Botet
Voice Cast: Robin Atkin Downes
Synopsis: Lorraine and Ed Warren travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by a malicious spirit.
MPAA Rating: Rated R for terror and horror violence
7 / 10
- Great use of cinematography by using a single camera to capture it all. It helps to create a claustrophobic atmosphere, which only enhances the jump scares later on.
- Acting was pretty good
- Direction was great.
- Editing was solid, as the movie flowed at a decent pace. I especially loved the hidden images in between the picture slides during the credits, which is a fun little treat for hardcore movie fans.
- Script was great.
- The evil entity is a lot smarter than you'd expect, as it nearly has the Warren couple convinced that the whole haunting was a hoax, so it could drive them away.
- The last movie was scarier because the ghost not only attacked both the family and the Warren couple, in the haunted house they were investigating at the time, but it also managed to attack the Warren's child, who was over thousands of miles away. Granted, Lorraine does get a premonition of her husband's death in this sequel, before taking on the case. However, It's still nowhere near as scary as knowing that something could happen to someone you love, yet you'd be too far away to do anything about it. Whereas "The Conjuring 2", that's clearly not the case.
- Certain events were either greatly exaggerated, or in some cases completely made up for dramatic effect. According to reports, the Warrens' involvement in this case was greatly exaggerated, as they were only there allegedly for a day, and were only two of the many paranormal investigators that looked into this case. Janet Hodgson herself even admitted that two percent of the paranormal events were hoaxes because they wanted to see if the experts from the Society for Psychical Research working on the case would ever catch them, which they did on a couple of occasions. Plus, the photos of Janet flying off her bed were taken by a less than reliable tabloid source, so I wouldn't take everything this film says that happened at face value. My advice if you want to know what really happened, then research it yourself. If not, then enjoy an otherwise well told horror story by James Wan.
Don't mess with them nuns man...they're scary...O.O
While it's no secret that almost all horror movies of today's era generally suck, it's refreshing to see that every once in a while that Hollywood is able to surprise us with gems like this one. "The Conjuring 2" may not be anywhere near as scary as it's predecessor, but it's certainly one of the most intriguing horror films to date.
Based on a true story. Ed and Lorraine Warren continue their paranormal investigations on behalf of the Catholic Church. During a routine investigation, Lorraine gains a premonition of her husband's death, which causes her to beg him not to do anymore cases for awhile. But as luck would have it, a family starts to experience a series of disturbing paranormal events.
Fearing for her children's safety, she turns to the police, who refer her to the church. The church sends the Warren couple to investigate. As they dig deeper into what's going on, they soon find out that this might be the toughest case they've ever dealt with .
Whether you believe these movies are based on actual events or not, there's no denying how brilliantly executed these movies are. "The Conjuring 2" may seem like another run by the numbers horror story, and it pretty much is for the most part. However, that doesn't mean there aren't a few welcomed surprises along the way.
For instance. The evil entity haunting the family is surprisingly smarter than most paranormal beings in movies. In one particular scene, the evil spirit threatens the girl to stage a paranormal event as a hoax, so the Warren couple would back away from the case, or else it was going to kill her family. I can't say that was expected, but it definitely adds a bit of drama to the situation.
However, if I'm to be honest, the first one was scarier only because the evil entity attacked the Warren's child, while they were miles away from home. This added a new level of horror to the situation that they had almost no control over. Here, the only real threat to the Warren couple is that Lorraine gets premonitions of her husband's death. Granted, you could argue that it balances out because of how clever this new entity is, from the example I used earlier, but I guess it just depends on how you want to look at it.
Overall though, James Wan does a brilliant job directing this movie from the tone, cinematography and the way he directs his actors. Like the first movie, "The Conjuring 2" implements a single camera to capture everything, as it helps create an eerily claustrophobic atmosphere that works to create a scary environment.
the acting isn't too bad either. Granted, i doubt seriously you'll see anyone in this movie get any kind Oscar consideration, but everyone plays their parts rather well.
The editing was great, for the most part. The movie flowed at a decent pace, and i love some of the hidden clips within the slideshow they displayed, during the end credits. Sadly, I don't think everyone who watches the end credits will notice them, but it's a nice Easter egg for hardcore movie fans to look for.
Whether you're a fan of horror movies or not, "The Conjuring" movie series features an engaging story that'll leave something for everyone. And in an era where Hollywood continues to churn out mediocre horror films produced on a budget of a ham sandwich, it's nice to see that they can still give us great movies like these to enjoy. Definitely worth a look if you're yearning to see a horror movie that won't disappoint you this year.
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UltimateMovieRankings from Virginia on June 30, 2016:
Good job. Liked your review. Sounds like one I will be checking out soon. James Wan strikes again!