Synopsis: The Warrens are back. This time in England, in an attempt to help a mother and her 4 children. This is what would later become known as The Enfield Haunting.
Tagline: The next true story from the case files of Ed and Lorraine Warren.
Release Date: 2016-6-10 | MPAA Rating: R | Coolthulhus Earned: 2
Trailer: The Conjuring 2
The Conjuring 2 Review
As soon as I heard that they were making a follow up to The Conjuring (my review), I winced. I knew I was going to go watch it, of course, because I’m a shameless horror fiend. However, the trepidation was definitely there. I’m sorry to report that I was right to be worried. In a nutshell: The Conjuring 2 sucked. Gah, I hate even writing that, but it’s the truth.
Even Farmiga and Wilson’s not inconsiderable chemistry could save The Conjuring 2. The atmosphere was just not there, not until it was almost too late for it to count. Every single scare was your basic jump scare that depended on a combination of loud sounds and unexpected sights. I won’t deny that a few of them were effective, but it was like they didn’t even try.
There were several interjects of humor that might have worked to alleviate the tense atmosphere, if there’d been a tense atmosphere. As that was lacking, the humor came across as absurd and forced. After the movie, I turned to my partner and asked “Do you think he was intending to make a horror-comedy?” My partner shook his head with a look of consternation and said “I don’t think so.” I also feel like they tried way too hard to paint Ed Warren in a super positive light. Mind you, I’ve never read anything about the real Ed and Lorraine, so I don’t know how much is actually accurate. However, the man (without spoiling) is so very versatile that you could say he was practically a Renaissance saint.
Also, I didn’t particularly appreciate the Insidious interjection into the film. Are Wan’s films starting to blend together? It’s one thing to have a signature style. It’s another to start making the same movie over and over again with different actors. Let’s not even mention the text that appeared on the screen at the very end. Talk about eye-roll worthy.
Sorry, folks, but my recommendation is to stay away from this one. At least until it hits Redbox. If you’re brave, or are sure the movie absolutely rocks and I’m just full of it: You can pre-order it on Amazon.