Listen to my interview with the dynamic writing duo of brothers Chad & Carey Hayes as we talk about The Conjuring 2.
Review: When The Conjuring released in 2013 it received high praise from genre fans and critics alike. The pressure was on with this one to avoid the sophomore jinx and deliver a follow up with even more scares and white knuckle moments. Mission accomplished.
The Warren's have many case files and have seen it all. But according to Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) this one is the most disturbing. It was the case that many called the London Amityville due to the Amityville horror a few years earlier. Was this one real or a clever attempt for attention? The Warren's front critics as well as demons to get to the truth and help a troubled family. What makes this case even more dire is the fact that Ed's (Patrick Wilson) life might also be in jeopardy.
The screenplay is again written by the Hayes brothers who also felt the stress of delivering a solid story. They spent time researching not only the original case but going to lengths to make sure that the ominous tones were prominent and thick. Yes there are several jump and shiver moments but they are grounded in an engaging and riveting plot.
Director James Wan takes all of these elements and uses them to scare the pants off us. The framing and subtle pans increase the terror and make each scene frighteningly engulfing. There is an art to making these films and often filmmakers take the easy routes of cliche shots and predictable grabs. Wan and his team obviously take the craft seriously and here deliver a top notch production.
The Hayes brothers say that this one is a scarier film and it is hard to argue. Granted it is a tad long (over two hours) and at times it seems a bit drawn out. One too many conversations might make many nod off but they are few and you are quickly thrown back into the horror.
THE CONJURING 2 is rated R for terror and horror violence. This is not a film for youngsters or those with a skittish nature. The evil is prevalent and malicious. Fans of the genre and the first endeavor will find much about this one to applaud as well. I give it 4 out of 5 habits. Make sure you have a good book ready afterwards because you will certainly be up at night. - Matt Mungle