The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Case (2016)
Running TIme: 134 minutes
Directed by: James Wan
Starring: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Madison Wolfe, Frances O’Connor
The Conjuring 2 is set in 1977 where paranormal investigators, Ed (Wilson) and Lorraine (Farmiga) Warren are sent to London, England where a single mother, Peggy Hodgson (O’Connor) and her children believes that there is something evil in their home. The Warrens need to determine whether Peggy’s daughter, Janet (Wolfe) is really possessed by a spirit that is taunting the family or whether the Hodgsons have made up the whole incident to gain fame from the media. Meanwhile, Lorraine is convinced that if they pursue this case further it will lead to Ed’s demise.
Wan is back in the horror genre (for now)! Another homage to the classic horror films, The Conjuring 2 has a much slower pace than its predecessor with less scary jolts. Nonetheless its slow, simmering pace accommodates the storytelling and character development, especially the relationship between Ed and Lorraine, teasing its audiences along the way. It accomplishes as a horror film to scare its audiences, but it lacks some of the simplicity and clarity from its first instalment.
One of the main things that did irk me though, is the ending, it felt a little abrupt, and a little anti-climatic without giving too much away. However, The Conjuring 2 proves to be a tasteful film that is grounded by its interweaving plotline between the Hodsons and the Warrens, and the emotional connection between characters instead of relying fully on its scares, it showcases the writers’ and director’s talent to make it into something more than a horror film.
All in all, it’s a great horror film – emotional and guarantee to scare. Fans of James Wan or the first Conjuring, be sure to check out this instalment!
Rating: 6.5 out of 10