MOVIE REVIEW: THE CONJURING 2

I am an avid fan of the horror genre. I have no problem with blood and gore and I love a good ghost story. But paranormal movies always have more of an affect on me because I absolutely believe in the paranormal and their abilities. As much as I love to watch them, each movie makes me more and more paranoid. When the trailer for The Conjuring 2 was released I watched it in my office; my scream could be heard throughout the building.

The Conjuring 2 is the sequel to the 2013 film The Conjuring. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga reprise their roles as paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. The Conjuring 2 follows the Warrens as they travel to England in 1977 to assist a single mother and her four children who are experiencing poltergeist activity.

Working with children can be hard enough but having a child act like their being possessed is even worse. The cast was amazing for this film. Interestingly enough, Madison Wolfe (who plays poor Janet Hodgson) also played young Emma Duval in an episode of MTV’s Scream television series. Directing and script were pretty impressive, it didn’t come across as cheesy like many paranormal activity movies.

As far as Scare Factor goes it was really creepy and startling more than anything, which is how paranormal movies usually work. I had a hard time looking at the demon until I realized that it kind of just looked like Marilyn Manson dressed as a nun. I would have no problem watching it for a second time without closing my eyes at all. I watched the entire movie between my legs in case I needed to close them and block the screen. I also had my scarf wrapped around my head; not blocking my vision, it was just weirdly comforting. I slept fine last night without needing a night light but the image of the demon did occasionally pop up in my head and give me the heebie jeebies.

Fun Fact: Because of some strange occurrences on the set of the first movie, they had a priest bless the set on day 1 of filming the Conjuring 2.

The Conjuring 2 also absolutely killed in the box office, so I think it’s safe to say we may see another installment in the franchise. I would say the biggest downside is that the movie was very long at nearly 2 and a half hours. Overall, I would give it a 4/5!

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