Release Date: June 10th.
Written by: Carey and Chad Hayes.
Directed by: James Wan.
Starring: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Frances O'Connor, Franka Potente, and Madison Wolfe.
The first Conjuring (review HERE) impressed us, and solidified James Wan as one of the best Horror directors working today, at least in our minds.
While this sequel is every bit as competent a film as the original, and it pretty much follows the same familiar blueprint, storywise, it just didn't scare us all that much. Oh, the Nun was great, but she was added in post-production, so really, the best part of the movie was an afterthought of sorts.
The Conjuring 2 is a solid movie, we just expected way more from it.
Amityville Horror thing. While doing so, Lorraine slips into a trance, relives the murders, and witnesses a creepy Demon Nun impaling her husband. After Ed snaps her out of it, she decides that she needs a break, and decides to take no more new cases... at least for a while.
|YEAH, THAT'S NOT HELPING HER AT ALL.|
|WHO YA GONNA CALL?|
As short as it was, we loved the Amityville opening, and wished that it would have been longer. We also liked everything involving The Nun, as she was super creepy, and we're happy to know that she's getting her own movie, which is already in the works. Vera Farmiga is also on point in this one, as she's turning into one of the Genre's finest, and classiest, Scream Queens.
|DON'T. TURN. AROUND.|
There were also a ton of jump-scares, which is to be expected, but it just felt like there were too many. And every time the camera focused on something scary, and then panned away, only to pan back and reveal something jump-scary, it did nothing for us. James Wan is obviously a big fan of The Rule of Three.
It really felt like two different movies running concurrently. The first involved Lorraine and Ed, rightly so, and the visions that she keeps having of the creepy Nun, and of Ed's potential death; the second involves the family in England whose house is being haunted. The story jumps back and forth between the two, and while it brings them together towards the end, it felt like neither storyline got the full attention that they deserved.
|THEY SHOULD HAVE JUST STUCK WITH THE NUN STORY.|
|MOM IS APPARENTLY NOT A BIG FAN OF STARSKY & HUTCH.|
|VERA AIN'T HAVING NUN OF THAT.|
It's a decent watch though, and we're not mad that we gave it our time.
The Conjuring 2 is in theaters now.