The Conjuring 2
Starring: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Madison Wolfe, Frances O’Connor
Directed by: James Wan
Written by: Carey Hayes, Chad Hayes, James Wan, David Johnson
Length: 2 hour 14 min
Release Date: June 10, 2016
Haunted house movies scare me more than other horror movies. The Conjuring scared me quite a bit, especially that freaky hand clapping. I went into The Conjuring 2 knowing nothing about it. Initially, I was thrilled that it seemed to be covering the Amityville house, but that was only a teaser. The teaser reminded me that Ed and Lorraine Warren were real people, which I had forgotten. The main story dealt partly with them getting famous from the Amityville house and taking on a case in 1977 England involving a single mother and her four kids being terrorized by some old dude spirit that used to live in their house.
Freaky Nun? I’m Going to Say ‘Nope!’
I give James Wan credit for doing a decent job of getting scares out of the audience. I jumped and yelled many times at the freaky old dude who was the main demon spirit. A Marilyn Manson-looking nun scared me the most, though. The creepiest scene involved Lorraine being in a room with a painting of the nun that Ed had made (why?!?) and Lorraine thinking that the nun might not be contained in the painting any longer. Ugh! Demonic possession is a major player in this movie, and I reminded myself that a real-life story formed the basis of this movie and it was not trying to rip off The Exorcist.
I did not find this as scary as the first one, but still enjoyed it overall. The kid actors were decent. I really like that A-list actors like Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson make horror movies, which gives them more credibility and elevate it with their acting abilities. I found the sappy stuff at the end of the movie unnecessary, though, and made its run time longer than needed. I felt it could have been incorporated better or left out completely. I wish more had been done with Ed and Lorraine’s teenage daughter. She appeared briefly, but I want to see what it is like to grow up with these two as parents. Maybe if a third movie is made, it will be about that.