The Conjuring 2 Review

The Conjuring 2 ReviewSynopsis: 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.

2 Star Rated The Conjuring 2 Review

Title: The Conjuring 2 | Series: The Conjuring | Director: James Wan |Actors:  Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Madison Wolfe, etc | Production Cos:  New Line Cinema, Atomic Monster, Evergreen Media Group, etc | Release Date: 2016-6-10 | Genre: Horror | MPAA Rating: R | Rating: 2 out of 5



4 thoughts on “The Conjuring 2 Review

  1. I enjoyed the movie, but at times I did think it was predictable. My boyfriend though, thought it was super scary and jumped at every little thing! Half the time, I only jumped because his arm was toughing mine at the theater. Hands down, the first one was wayy better. Lol!

    1. I think I’ve narrowed down my jumpiness to being just ‘easily startled by loud sounds’, because when I slightly plug my ears to mute the sounds, I only jump about half as much.

      Sounds silly, but I’m genuinely considering starting to wear foam earplugs when at the theatre. I don’t know if it’s the Aspie in me or what, but good GOD theatres play their movies almost painfully loud.

  2. It might have to do with the fact that the screenwriters are Christian and they were trying to paint evil as evil and maybe not going for such a scary factor that a lot of people want. I want to see it but I haven’t had the chance to try it out yet so I have no clue but for the previews and exclusive clips I have gotten to see but I like jump scary not blood scary so maybe I will like it…will let you know if I see it. 🙂

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