Over the past several years, we have been bombarded with horror films that just don’t seem to do what they are intended to do: Scare the hell out us.
One of the exceptions to this, was 2013’s “The Conjuring” directed by James Wan. Naturally, when word got around that a sequel was in the works, my interest was piqued, although I was not totally sold on the idea that the sequel would be as good as the original since most sequels fail miserably. The trailers for “The Conjuring 2” changed my mind, and I had to see for myself if it would live up to, or surpass the first movie.
In “The Conjuring 2”, Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga reprise their roles as paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, who were made famous in the 1970s for their involvement in the investigation of the haunting of Amityville, New York. Set in 1977, after the Amityville incident, the two travel to Enfield, England to investigate a violent haunting in the home of a single mother and her four children. The events that follow are even darker and more disturbing than those of the first film, from demonic possession to the appearance of a nun-like demon. The visuals alone, are enough for you to sit in your seat either wide-eyed in amazement or cringing and covering your eyes.
The only downfall of this film, is that it is pretty lengthy and takes a while to build up to the action. However, once the action starts, it doesn’t stop. It’s one nerve-rattling scene right after the other. It was well directed and the performances were very impressive and believable especially that of Madison Wolfe, who played Janet, the character in which the story was primarily focused on.
All in all, this film serves it’s purpose in scaring viewers and leaving them deeply disturbed. If you enjoy horror films, this is definitely a must see.