The Conjuring 2

Director James Wan is back as well as writers and brothers Carey and Chad Hayes, to bring us the sequel to the surprising successful 2013 hit The Conjuring. With The Conjuring being one of my favorite Horror/Suspense flicks of the last 10 years, I was excited for the second course of scary from Wan and the Hayes twins.imgres-40

We know Wan can bring us scary and Horror when he began scarring us with Saw. Saw is more of the gory more shock scary. With The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2 he gives us more with Character development and more of the real genuine Scares that will keep most of you on the edge of your seat awaiting the next time something might appear or jump at you.images-39

Let’s start with the good, first we aren’t redoing the first Conjuring, this is a whole different haunting. This is actually really impressive because they used the stories of Loraine (Vera Farmiga) and Ed (Patrick Wilson) Warren, who were paranormal investigators, and also would help the Catholic Church find the “Real” hauntings, and the others which at the time would pop up to make money. To be able to take another one of the Warren’s cases and make a movie out of it, and give us a different feel and overall experience had to be hard, because most of their cases involved exorcisms.images-40

The only Bad thing I can say is this isn’t as good as the first flick. We got the surprise of how good the story was, how classic the horror feel was in 2013. We expected more and always want a sequel to be better than the first. This proves hard to do, and in horror really hard. I am not stating that The Conjuring 2 is a bad flick, just not as great as the first one.

Do I think it is a flick still worth seeing YES! Go see it if you like Horror you will love this flick. I did, just don’t go in thinking it will be better than The Conjuring.imgres-39

We start The Conjuring 2 the same way The Conjuring began, investigating in a quick way one of the Warrens cases, this one is the famous Amityville. Where Loraine is joined with her Husband Ed in a Seance. During this Seance she sees a vision of a Demon that looks like a Catholic Nun, she also sees Ed dying in a tragic way. This vision makes Loraine think it is a sign that they shouldn’t take on any new cases.

While the Warrens are on a break, across the pond a newly divorced single mother of four Peggy Hodgson (Frances O’Connor) is toughing it out trying to make ends meet while her children are going to school. Janet (Madison Wolfe) the Middle Girl starts seeing things and hearing voices all after her sister and her were playing with an Ouija Board. The voice we learn is from an old man who used to live in the house, and also died in the house.

The Haunting of Janet starts to get really bad when she is levitating, and even trying to kill her siblings. The Catholic church is called, but they are worried the family who is in hard times is doing this for the Money and not a real haunting.images-42

The Catholic church of course, reaches out to the Warrens who end up going to England to investigate. I am not going to go into a lot of detail of the haunting or how the scary parts, because that will ruin the film for you. I will say if you look up this haunting, it has been discredited by most of the researchers of the time, but the Hayes brothers use this as part of the story, and the pay off is well worth seeing.images-41

Wan continues to amaze me in horror flicks. The way he can continue to come up with new ways to get you to go to the edge of your seat and then scare you is amazing. There are some really good shots in the flick that will stay with me for a while. Not that they scared me, more that they impressed me how Wan got the shot, and came up with it.

While the Conjuring 2 isn’t as good as The Conjuring I still grade this one a B+ and tell you all to go see it if you like classic horror. I loved this flick and I hope Conjuring 3 is soon to be in the works.


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