Posted Jun 17 2016
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The Conjuring 2 - This Movie Bangs. Jumps. Rocks.

Dir: James Wan

Starring Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Frances O’Connor, Franka Potenta, Mary Doyle Kennedy, Madison Wolfe, Lauren Espositio, Simon McBurney

James Wan has made a name for himself in the Blumhouse-related modern world of quiet-BANG!-JUMP!! horror cinema. And for a good reason – he makes these movies very effectively. The Conjuring was one of the stronger entries into the genre in recent years. Its sequel goes on for far too long, and has, unfortunately, had some of its thunder stolen by last year’s Tim Spall-led Sky TV production The Enfield Haunting, which focused on the same North London based true life account. But still, Wan knows what he’s doing and this knows how to play with its audience to good effect.

Real life ghostbusters Ed & Larraine Warren, psychically damaged by having just uncovered the “truth” behind The Amityville Horror, are sent to London by their church to determine if the haunting of a house – and in particular a young girl -  in an otherwise quiet leafy London suburb is the real deal or not.

Wan sets the scene well, focusing on the ghostly goings on in Enfield, waiting some time until he ships the Warrens over. The style of these movies is now so well established that it’s refreshing to see the filmmaker playing with audience expectations, as much as delivering the things that make you go JUMP! The cast is solid all around, with Wilson and Farmiga managing to make their investigator roles quite endearing. 
Despite adding an ending that is obviously there when the “true life” story simply ran out of steam, The Conjuring 2 is an effective – if somewhat protracted – chiller that, for the most part, delivers. And if the family in question didn’t get a new council house after all this, then they were genuinely cursed.

The Conjuring 2 opens June 13

 

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