Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Movie review: The Conjuring 2

Traveling to London, paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren are chasing supernatural ghosties once again. Dispatched by the church, the two are to investigate a ghost infected house and help the terrified single mom and her kids.

Patrick Wilson (Ed), Vera Farmiga (Lorraine), Madison Wolfe (Janet), Frances O'Connor (Peggy), Lauren Esposito (Margaret), Benjamin Haigh (Billy), Patrick McAuley (Johnny), Bob Adrian (Bill).

The Conjuring 2 brings back the original cast with Ed and Lorraine Warren continuing their work investigating the supernatural. Sent to London by the Catholic church to investigate a house haunting, they instead find a possessed young girl and her terrorized family. Sadly, this is all very predictable with scant new information in this sequel. The story finishes with something of a whimper, and knowledge that this will probably not be the last Conjuring we see.

Acting was good with Wilson and Farmiga both delivering well while working nicely with one another. O'Connor was okay but Wolfe, Esposito and Haigh really carried the family side of the story. McBurney, Adrian, Aarons, Botet, and the remainder of the cast were solid and delivered well.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were decent with a solid, realistic feel despite the house seeming much larger and older on the inside than it did outside. CGI and effects were very enjoyable with nice use of lighting and mild shot switching. Dialogue was good and moved the story along well. Sound and soundtrack were fitting.

Overall The Conjuring 2 is a solid horror flick, it just doesn't add anything new and reminded us of The Omen and Poltergeist sequels which suffered a similar fate. Those who enjoy more predictable or cookie-cutter horror flicks should enjoy this one.

With some fairly disturbing horror scenes and some violence, save this one for older teens and young adults.

Released: 2016
Reviewed: 1.6.17
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Horror, Supernatural Horror, Supernatural Thriller, Sequels

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