After three years, the long awaited sequel to the 2013 horror hit The Conjuring has finally been released in theaters. The hype surrounding the latest installment is substantial, and fans have been excited to see if the movie would fall flat or actually live up to being even more scarier than the last. The movie once again follows paranormal experts Ed and Lorraine Warren as they tackle another terrorized family in another haunted house. This time, they journey across the pond to England to help a single mother and her four children as they experience moving furniture, possessions, and downright unexplainable events. The case depicted in the movie is also apparently a true story—the “Enfield Poltergeist” case in 1970s London gained widespread notoriety at the time.
The Conjuring 2 definitely does a good job of keeping the suspense factor up. Close camera shots, figures moving in shadows, and things jumping out at the screen will get your heart going. As for the plot, at times it does seem a bit contrived, with the movie seemingly losing direction in the middle and then a hurried resolution towards the end. Ed and Lorraine figure out the big “mystery” of the demon spirit in a matter of minutes, which leads to a rescue and a happy ending. It’s as if the writers realized halfway through that there was a storyline they had to keep moving. It’s hard to tell if the ending was cleverly cryptic or just lazy writing. Those who saw the first movie will like the addition of certain easter eggs, such as the Annabelle doll and flashbacks that tie the two plots together.
For what it is: a summer horror flick following the same formula as it’s predecessor. The Conjuring 2 does what it promises. You will jump, you will get scared, and you might have a nightmare or two afterwards. Other than that, don’t expect too much.
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