“The Conjuring 2” follows Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick and Vera Farmiga respectively) as they investigate the “Enfield Poltergeist” case in 1977. Following the notorious “Amityville Horror” case, the Warrens were sent over by the Catholic Church in order to investigate the “Enfield Poltergeist”. Since the case is a media sensation in the vein of Amityville, there is more scrutiny this time around. When the Warrens experience the poltergeist for themselves, their skepticism goes away fast.
I consider the first “Conjuring” movie to be one of the best horror movies of the last fifteen years. That film had something that most modern horror movies lack-atmosphere. How does the sequel compare to the first movie?
In my personal opinion, James Wan is one of the best horror directors working today. Instead of focusing on jump scares like most modern horror movies, he focuses on building tension and atmosphere. Like its predecessor, “The Conjuring 2” has a great sense of doom and gloom throughout its duration. With movies such as “Insidious” and both “Conjuring” movies under his belt, Wan is on his way to becoming one of the horror greats. The movie’s art direction rivals that of “The Nice Guys”. The film feels like a really good glimpse into 1977 Enfield, England.
Once again, Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga are great as Ed and Lorraine Warren respectively. They have a great chemistry together. The supporting cast is also good too, especially Madison Wolfe as the second eldest daughter Janet Hodgson.
While this is a worthy sequel, there are a few elements of the film that keep it from being great. The first is the out-of-place CGI. I know “The Conjuring 2” has a much higher budget than most horror movies but the CGI in this movie felt rather out-of-place. Most horror movies tend to rely on practical effects rather than computer graphics since the latter manages to take out the willing suspension of disbelief. I noticed that there were a few jump scares throughout the movie. I wasn’t sure if this was Wan’s choice or the movie studio forced it on him. Either way, it’s very annoying.
Although the first movie was better, “The Conjuring 2” manages to stand on its own two feet. I wouldn’t blame the sequel since the original manage to set the bar high. I would take a “Conjuring” sequel over a “Paranormal Activity” sequel any day of the week.