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Review: The Conjuring 2

The Conjuring 2
06.09.2016
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PLOT: Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) travel to London, England, to investigate to haunting of a council estate in Enfield, which is threatening the safety and sanity of single mother Peggy Hodgson (Frances O’Connor) and her four kids.

REVIEW: The upside of a disappointing summer of sequels is that when one comes along that’s actually good it feels doubly satisfying even if it’s a little familiar. THE CONJURING 2, despite adhering very closely to the formula set out by the first film, is an extremely efficient sequel. If the major applause that greeted the closing credits at the sneak screening I attended is any judge, it’ll play to packed houses and proves that yes, sometime sequels are in fact a good idea, just as long as the filmmakers have enough fresh ideas to merit them.

Coming-off his billion-dollar smash, FURIOUS 7, director James Wan brings a new swagger to the proceedings that’s a stark contrast to his own previous sequel to INSIDEOUS. Packed with complicated tracking shots and a surprising absence of cheap jump scares, like its predecessor this feels like a bonafide studio A-level production, unlike the micro-budget genre outings that have become the norm. Wan’s clearly let his imagination run wild with this sequel, and is able to occasionally take a break from all the horror to further develop the love story between Ed and Lorraine, something that comes-off far more strongly here than it did in the first.

It helps that stars Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga give the movie their all, with Wilson the strong, protective Ed, while Farmiga’s Lorraine is more vulnerable due to being in closer contact with the demonic entities they seem to deal with routinely. This sequel ties together two of the more infamous 1970’s hauntings, with the pre-credits sequence dealing with Lorraine’s traumatic experience with the Amityville horror, before settling in to the main story, which is the so-called “Enfield Haunting.”

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Like the first, this carries a “based on a true story” moniker, which obviously should be taken with a huge grain of salt. The Warrens were real paranormal investigators, but whether you believe any of this depends on your take on the supernatural. Either way, the movie is entertaining if a tad overlong at 134 minutes. Part of the expanded running time is devoted to establishing the Hodgson family, and while that’s all well and good, any time away from the Warrens seems like a waste, and could have been cut down a bit. What’s happening with the Hodgsons feels like a repeat of the put-upon family from the first film, and while the acting is fine the stuff going-on with Ed and Lorraine is far more interesting.

Farmiga’s especially good as Lorraine tries to pull Ed out of the limelight they’ve found themselves thrust-into after Amityville, with her big fear being a premonition she had of Ed’s violent death, leading her to suggest they quit the ghost hunting biz. Of course, when a family’s in need Ed and Lorraine do what they gotta do...

It all adds up to a very entertaining horror romp, with some terrific set-pieces, including an extended finale that throws everything at you but the kitchen sink. While far from subtle, the score by Joseph Bishara helps ratchet up the tension making this more of a thrill-ride than all-out horror, although the first film was more-or-less the same. Certainly it’s an extremely effective genre outing and Wan, now much in-demand for action epics, still seems to relish his ghost stories. It’s easy to imagine him checking-in on the Warrens every few years in between his higher-profile projects, and I have a sneaking suspicion that for however many sequels have failed financially this year, THE CONJURING 2 won’t be one of them.

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Source: JoBlo.com

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1:14AM on 06/11/2016
Great movie! Better than the first one.
Great movie! Better than the first one.
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8:07AM on 06/10/2016
Watched a few youTube reviews and everyone has said they really enjoyed what the movie brought. Sounds like it does deliver!
Watched a few youTube reviews and everyone has said they really enjoyed what the movie brought. Sounds like it does deliver!
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10:39PM on 06/09/2016
I'll preface by saying that I have not seen the first one, but the screening for this was free, so i checked it out and I agree. This was a great movie. The horror is very balanced between dread and physical horror. It rarely lets up from beginning to end and I was entertained the entire time. I did like the Hodgson family, so I have no qualms about how much time was devoted to them. I also enjoy the fact that the film isn't afraid to be 'out there' with a number of things. It was refreshing to
I'll preface by saying that I have not seen the first one, but the screening for this was free, so i checked it out and I agree. This was a great movie. The horror is very balanced between dread and physical horror. It rarely lets up from beginning to end and I was entertained the entire time. I did like the Hodgson family, so I have no qualms about how much time was devoted to them. I also enjoy the fact that the film isn't afraid to be 'out there' with a number of things. It was refreshing to see it refrain from being completely grounded.
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3:59PM on 06/09/2016

YES!!!

I had high hopes for this one, and the trailer looks good! Glad to read a positive review! Sign me up!
I had high hopes for this one, and the trailer looks good! Glad to read a positive review! Sign me up!
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2:37PM on 06/09/2016
Take my money Wan. TAKE IT.
Take my money Wan. TAKE IT.
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2:01PM on 06/09/2016
This pleases me. My SO is going to be featured on the DVD. She went to the premiere and says it was realy good and Exorcist like.
This pleases me. My SO is going to be featured on the DVD. She went to the premiere and says it was realy good and Exorcist like.
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12:33PM on 06/09/2016

I was worried at first, the trailers did nothing to inspire hope in this sequel

I am so glad this is more than just a rinse and repeat sequel. I was a little nervous that it would fall into Insidious 2/3 territory of just being the same but louder and more obnoxious with the jump scares. I'm hopefully seeing this (if I can convince my 8 month pregnant wife) this weekend.
I am so glad this is more than just a rinse and repeat sequel. I was a little nervous that it would fall into Insidious 2/3 territory of just being the same but louder and more obnoxious with the jump scares. I'm hopefully seeing this (if I can convince my 8 month pregnant wife) this weekend.
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11:09AM on 06/09/2016
Very glad to read the high score. Like I've mentioned before, the first one is one of my favorite films and is one of the best overall horror films of the last decade. So to read that the follow up is just as good has me excited as fuck to see it this weekend. Absolutely can't wait to have myself scared all over again and to see the powerful charger dynamic between Wilson and Fermiga.
Very glad to read the high score. Like I've mentioned before, the first one is one of my favorite films and is one of the best overall horror films of the last decade. So to read that the follow up is just as good has me excited as fuck to see it this weekend. Absolutely can't wait to have myself scared all over again and to see the powerful charger dynamic between Wilson and Fermiga.
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10:20AM on 06/09/2016
Wow, 8/10? I didn't expect that!
Wow, 8/10? I didn't expect that!
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