Film Review by Clayton Barnett
Reprising their roles, Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga ("Up In the Air," TV's "Bates Motel") and Patrick Wilson (the "Insidious" films), star as Lorraine and Ed Warren, who, in one of their most terrifying paranormal investigations, travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits.
Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren are back in the spine-tingling sequel The Conjuring 2.
If you’re after an atmospheric horror full of seriously good frights, this is it. I got chills watching this, constantly shivering, swearing and squealing as the scares mounted. Saw and original The Conjuring director James Wan returns and the film is all the better for it. Too many sequels get rushed through without the care given to the original, and Wan himself turned down a ‘life-changing’ amount of cash to direct Fast 8 to make one last scary film.
The first film outing for the Warren’s was a massive hit and a welcome return to old-school horrors like The Exorcist, The Omen and The Amityville Horror, relying more on creaking doors than buckets of blood. Wan steps it up for the sequel here with sweeping tracking shots, stunning sound design and creative scares. Oscar-nominated cinematographer Don Burgess (The Book of Eli) deserves some credit (especially for the stunning Amityville house opener) as does the production crew with the 70’s set looking creepy as hell.
Wilson and Farmiga are great as usual, with Wilson putting on a great impression of Elvis and providing a few laughs to relieve the tension. Young star Madison Wolfe is scarily effective as the possessed Janet, and no wonder as she’s already got an impressive list of credits including Joy, Trumbo and the hit show True Detective.
Wan does push believability with some of the CGI near the end of the movie, and could have spent more time in the editing room with the sequel running a noticeable 20 minutes longer than the original. But stick around for the closing credits that feature recordings and photos of the real-life Enfield Poltergiest - it’s haunting stuff.
Another throwback to effective old-school horrors, don’t miss The Conjuring 2 in a darkened cinema - the only way to relish spine-tingling scares just as good as the original.
Releases: 9th June 2016
Rating: R16 – Contains violence and horror scenes
Duration: 134 minutes
Starring: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Madison Wolfe
Director: James Wan (The Conjuring, Insidious)
On the first day of shooting, a priest was brought in to bless the set.
As of October 2014, original The Conjuring (2013) director, James Wan, was confirmed to return for the sequel.
Writer David Leslie Johnson from the popular show The Walking Dead (2010) was hired to rewrite this movie for theaters.
The movie was originally given a October 23, 2015 release date. But as of October 21, 2014, the movie was pushed to June, 2016.
Unlike the original film, which was filmed with hopes of getting a PG-13 rating (though the studio and filmmakers were ultimately OK with the R that the MPAA assigned), the sequel was both written and directed with the intention that it get an R rating, which is in fact what the MPAA granted it.
The same story was told in the mini series "The Enfield haunting" which came out a year ago