The Conjuring 2 Movie Review

The Conjuring 2 is a scarefest for all horror fans, with a return to form for James Wan, the director

Brain-o-meter Rating: 8/10

James Wan has had a credible history with horror flicks, right from Saw to Insidious, from Dead Silence to the Conjuring series. He even had a chance to direct Furious 7, which I didn't like, because of its outlandish action. But his horror films have been steadily good and although purists would point out that his horror flicks rely too much on cliches and the tired story lines of haunted houses. I disagree, and this flick is a shining example how Wan manages to evoke a sense of dread in the most trivial of scenes.

The Conjuring 2 is essentially a retelling of the Enfield Poltergeist folklore of the late 1970s. The story has been effectively captured in the script although the filmmaker adds a number of twists to the narrative. Wan smartly hints at the Amityville spooky goings-on at the start and refers the incident as a case file of real-life paranormal scientists Ed and Lorraine Warren, played deftly by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga. The spooky background sounds are profoundly placed at perfect intervals and sure to get most on the nerves. The plot thickens when Lorraine Warren has to counter her own emotional upheaval to thwart the demons. The emotional quotient works primarily due to the strong screenplay, which most horror movies churned out today fail to do justice to.

Madison Wolfe, the child playing the real-life victim Janet Hodgson, is the best part of the movie. She brings out the vulnerabilities of her character as well as portrays the possessed effectively, amping up the scare quotient by many levels. Madison and Vera Farmiga convey their emotions with such genuineness that it is difficult not to be swayed away by the supernatural happenings.

The special effects are top-notch while the smooth cinematography captures the eerie setting marvellously. It is obviously not an original story nor an original idea but nonetheless, The Conjuring 2 is one horror sequel that lives up to the legacy of the original film.

Purists, stay away from this flick. The horror fans surely should not miss this one though.