THE CONJURING 2
James Wan is the embodiment and maestro in the creation of terror, as well as the director of what is considered the decade’s scariest movie The Conjuring. In its follow up, The Conjuring 2, Wan succeeds in holding the flame up to his original work, something we cannot say about most sequels.
Our favorite ghost hunters, Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) have recently returned from their very publicized case in Amityville, Long Island when their attention is turned to a family in Enfield, England who is experiencing an onslaught of paranormal events.
When youngest daughter Janet (Madison Wolfe) becomes afflicted with possession-like symptoms that worsen over time, the maligned entity begins to affect the entire Hodgson family forcing them to invite the paranormal investigators into their home.
In Wan’s hands, The Conjuring 2 keeps the viewers in suspense while also effectively adding a slice of warmth and depth to the characters. The development of the relationship between the Warren’s and the Hodgon’s gives us a momentary breath but we are then quickly pulled right back into the terror.
The Conjuring 2 is an incredibly effective horror movie that is sharp and creepy, and also piles on the jump scares. In my opinion (and most likely the rest of the world) if a project has James Wan’s signature attached, it will likely get an overwhelming stamp of approval.