Well, what a movie!
I adored The Conjuring but deep down worried the second movie wouldn't measure up, as is often the case with sequels in any genre. However, I was amazed. Not only was it as good, it may actually be better than the first one!
First off, continuing from the first movie, it was terrifying. Whether you are talking about the nun, the old man, or otherwise, The Conjuring 2 proved to be genuinely terrifying, and as a horrorbuff, I don't say that lightly. Whether you like chills, jump-out-of-your-seat moments, or sights so disturbing they plague your conscious and subconscious for days afterwards, this movie will hit the spot.
Again, Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson (Lorraine and Ed Warren - the paranormal investigators) were marvelous. We get to delve deeper into their characters and see what really scares them. Throughout the movie, Lorraine is paranoid that she is ignoring warnings about her husband's untimely demise. So, every time he gets in touch with the other side, we worry something may happen to him.....
We also get to see more of their relationship and how they perfectly suit each other, as well as dipping into their history.
But let's not forget the victims of the haunting, the brave mother Peggy Hodgson (Frances O'Connor) and her children. Peggy's portrayal of a British single mother in what I like to call vintage Britain was second to none. As a Brit living in America, I felt a ton of nostalgia, as well as fear, watching this movie. I imagine non-Brits would find the culture fascinating. It added great depth to the movie by taking the haunting to the United Kingdom. You have the family dynamic which is excellent, then how this dynamic changes when the hauntings start. Even more, when the whole family becomes convinced by the hauntings.
Rarely do reviews give credit to the props, costume, and set department, but here I must. Again, having family that was around during this time, and living in similar conditions in the UK, I was impressed by how realistic and genuine the settings were. Whether it be the school, the house, or the street; everything was brilliantly British
Then, of course, we have the effects. Again, they added to the horror. From hovering people, moving objects etc, they were superb.
One thing that surprised me was the length of the movie. It came in at 2 hours and 14 minutes! I was overjoyed, as most horrors barely reach an hour and thirty minutes. I was also overjoyed, as the movie didn't feel that long. The pacing and structure of the film was handled with expert precision, giving it a well-balanced feel. It wasn't slow but also wasn't rushed. Every scene had significance and was needed for the story and characterizations.
James Wan, the director, is fast becoming a horror legend. So far he has created gems such as the Insidious movies, the Conjuring movies, and Lights Out (which I hear is petrifying). This man knows how to play on our fears and give us new ones! This is the first director I have come across in a long time that can scare, intrigue, amaze, and captivate in every movie. I eagerly await more works from this talented director.
Speaking of which, the spinoff movie 'The Nun' has been confirmed and will be released in 2017! So we at least know we will get one movie from Wan in 2017.
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