“The Conjuring 2” Review

16 June, 2016

Director: James Wan
Screenwriters: James Wan, Carey Hayes, Chad Hayes, David Johnson
Director of Photography: Don Burgess 
Cast: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga

Synopsis: After taking a break from work following the horrors of the Amityville haunting, paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren find themselves drawn to London where a young girl is said to have been possessed by the soul of an elderly ex-tenant.

Conjuring 2 Review:

There was a time not too long ago when Hollywood horror movies weren’t able to match the jump scares seen on the international market, but then, seemingly out of nowhere, James Wan came along and showed everyone how it was done with absolute ease. With scares that keep on scaring to the point of tangibility, you can practically feel the warm breath of each demon crawling towards you. “The Conjuring 2” is a relentless movie as time and time again scenes play out until adrenaline is pumping through every inch of your body and yet each scare is not simply a mindless jump in the dark, it’s the crucial jigsaw piece within a bigger picture.

“The Conjuring 2” is not simply a horror movie. While the film does indeed try to replicate the feeling of tiptoeing through the shadows at night or the sudden chill you feel on the back of your neck when you catch a glimpse of a face in the dark, it’s also a fully-conceptualised drama, utilising over two hours of your time in an attempt to present a fully-fledged story. The Warrens become the parents to the audience as they guide each viewer through their nightmare and, while a sense of fear and doubt is always present, these scenes are held up by James Wan’s desire to show their unwavering unity in the face of danger.

It helps greatly that the movie is assembled by a team who truly understand the history and potential of the horror genre. Even the opening title looks like something out of an old-school horror movie and the film is respectful towards its sources. Despite feeling similar to Wan’s previous films at times, “The Conjuring 2” has enough twists and turns to make it one of the finest horror works of the year. It’s a movie that refuses to blindly accept the presence of demons, ghosts, or even God and it’s this scepticism, woven into the very fabric of the narrative, that keeps you guessing right up until the final sequence.

 

   

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