The Conjuring 2 (2016)

“Promise me, Ed.”

What’s it about?

Takes the Warren’s to Enfield, London to deal with a family experiencing poltergeist activities from a very mean spirit.

Who’s in it?

Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, an entity who yells “Get out!” more than a guy who’s anti-immigrant and a bunch of kids, including a Emily Brown lookalike and King’s Speech Jr.

Why should I watch it?

+ Like last time, they intro us with one case before going to the main one
+ But both stories are better intertwined in this one
+ James Wan is the master of building up tension and suspense, some with no pay off which makes it more unpredictable and keeps you locked in
+ Bit of an Insidious flavour added in, with the out of body stuff
+ Camera work is excelent, the tracking shots around the house and a Blair Witch Project-esque shot
+ Kid playing Janet was great, felt so sorry for her, this ghost is a real bully man
+ Bill’s very possessive, both in terms of possessing the girl and not wanting to share his house
+ He’s a real dick man, want them to leave but still attacks them when they do
+ Never seen an entity with so much confidence, scaring people when it’s light outside and scaring everyone indiscriminately
+ “Sunlight? Fuck your sunlight? Oh, you bringing the police? I don’t give a fuck, bring their whole family over too if you want.” – Bill, 1977
+ The nun was the star of this movie, like Annabelle was on the first
+ It’s rare to find a horror movie with a love story you can get behind with
+ It ends different from typical horrors, which tend to end on a jump scare
+ Funny too, not laugh out loud funny, more “Ha!” funny
+ Undertones of believing in people and God
+ But unlike the first one, it doesn’t preach about God all up in your face
+ Cameo from the doll that scared me more than when I first watched Chucky
+ Awesome soundtrack including London Calling and I Started a Joke
+ Great way of keeping people to watch the end credits, well done TC2

Why shouldn’t I watch it?

– Don’t play with a Ouija board, just don’t
– Why don’t the people in the house wake up more?
– At some point you just gotta take those doors down and have an open door policy surely?- Felt like the entity was humanised too much
– Wasn’t really that scared after that happens
– Just feels like he’s Bill, that old pissed off neighbour living below you who knocks on the wall if you put the volume up too much
– Albeit, it does make sense in the end (ish)
– Holy shit, that Tim Burton like Crooked Man really pulled me out of the movie
– So fucking cartoony, makes you feel like  you’re watching a different movie
– Convenient shit like the well sculpted tree or wearing headphones so they can’t hear you
*SPOILERS*
– Valak, you had one job. Not telling your name because it’s your weakness
– That’s like Superman shouting Kryptonite
– Still didn’t quite get the end game for Valak, was it for the girl? For the husband? Both?
– And what did Valak use Bill for? Bait? To weaken the girl? So many questions!
*SPOILERS*

Anything else?

Enjoyed it but prefer the first one. Still made me jump out of my seat like an absolute bitch at least 5 times though. Guess it’s the things that put me off which made it easier for me to remember that it’s just a movie, helping me sleep easier. Didn’t even need to whack a comedy tv show after, which is normally mandatory. (Don’t judge me, the system works)

7/10

You might also like:
The Conjuring
Annabelle
Insidious
Insidious: Chapter 2

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27 thoughts on “The Conjuring 2 (2016)

  1. I actually liked the crooked man, it reminded me a lot of the babadook and slender man, It scared the crap outta me! Just personal preferences I suppose. Great review though, I really enjoyed the film but I did prefer the first one.

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  2. Excellent review! I liked this better than the first one because I felt it was scarier. They both have a point – I’d say when the main person gets full on possessed and people are just talking to the ghost/spirit – where it stops being scary and I’m just waiting for it to end, but I feel like that point didn’t come as soon in this one. That being said you make a bunch of really good points – absolutely couldn’t stand how long it took the family to hear someone screaming down the hall… or in the bed next to the noise…

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  3. “Get out!” Aha! You actually went through with it. Great guts, dude. I literally ran out of my screening after demon-vision number one.πŸ’€πŸ‘»πŸ˜“ I can’t handle horror. Don’t judge. I’m sure I’ll grow the balls to see the whole thing someday.

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  4. haha “Why don’t the people in the house wake up more?” Love that! I need to get something off my chest.. I haven’t seen the first one yet. But I’m going to change that! Nice review.

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  5. Nice review. Even though I’ll probably never see this movie (don’t really particularly care for horror movies). So I’ll take your review as face-value for the movie.

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