133 minutes, Horror, MA15+
“I feel rejuvenated to tell a scary story one more time”
Those are the words from director James Wan, who turned down an offer to direct FAST 8, for this. That scary story takes place in the year 1977, Enfield, in the UK. Single Mother, Peggy Hodgson (Frances O’Connor, TV Series “Cleverman”) is raising her four children in a council house on a very normal, suburban street. The supernatural activities taking place inside the home however, are anything but normal. As the frightening situation escalates and the family fear for their safety, paranormal investigators and representatives of the Catholic Church, Ed & Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) travel from the US to help the oppressed family.
Just like its predecessor, THE CONJURING 2 is based upon a true case file.
James Wan (FURIOUS 7, THE CONJURING, SAW) returns to his grass roots in filmmaking with THE CONJURING 2, and is in wicked form. Wickedly good, that is! At 133 minutes, THE CONJURING 2 is not only 20 minutes longer than the first film, but is epic in duration by horror film standards. As such, this spine-chilling horror films durability in maintaining a constant presence of suspense, in real-time and foreboding, must be commended. Right from the chilling opening sequence, Wan reels his audience into a pool ambitiously inventive storytelling and effectively staged horror sequences. And it very rarely lets up. Then, once the Warren’s arrive on the doorstep of the Hodgson’s, THE CONJURING 2 merges separate but connecting plots and its propensity to frighten, heightens. What follows, makes for a rather action-packed and very satisfying horror movie experience. Though it must be said, as the next layer of detail is revealed, the further from the true story THE CONJURING is heading. While not everything works, you cannot falter the spectacular cinematic stronghold cast throughout the entire production, nor can you question the ambition and vision of the writing. Featuring some truly crafty and stunning cinematographic work, effective use of sound and skilful sound-mixing, and boasting genuinely impressive performances from all of its cast (special mention to Madison Wolfe as Janet Hodgson), THE CONJURING 2 is a hugely entertaining horror film with several hair-raising, heart-racing sequences that you won’t be forgetting in a hurry!
3.5 out of 5
Footnote to Parents
An MA15+ classification ought to be heeded. Contains horror violence, terror and strong supernatural themes.
Moviedoc wishes to thank Roadshow Films and Village Cinemas Jam Factory for the invitation to the Preview Screening of THE CONJURING 2.
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