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The Conjuring 2

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Release date:June 10, 2016

Studio:New Line Cinema (Warner Bros.)

Director:James Wan

MPAA Rating:R (for terror and horror violence)

Screenwriters:Chad Hayes, Carey Hayes, David Leslie Johnson, James Wan

Starring:Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Frances O’Connor, Madison Wolfe, Lauren Esposito, Patrick McAuley, Benjamin Haigh, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Simon Delaney, Franka Potente, Simon McBurney

Genre:Thriller, Horror

[divider]”The Conjuring 2″: Where do I start? Well, I have to admit that I had higher hopes for this one. Don’t get me wrong, this is a very fun movie chock full of good jump scares and beasties, but it definitely not as scary as the first one.

This film had a number of good specters and they all have ample time on the screen to terrorize everyone, my favorite being “The crooked man”. What a GREAT presentation!

The effects are kinda the star of this film, however, as the production team seemed to rely heavily on computer graphics and lighting effects to enhance the environment of fear.

There are some beautiful transitions from the real to the spirit realm and the actors do a rather good job of displaying their fear, panic, and confusion (especially Vera Farmiga, Francis O’Conner, Madison Wolfe and Benjamin Haigh). Now this subject of fear brings up an interesting aspect. There were at least 2 kinds of fear exhibited here. You have the expected fear that would come from this nightmarish situation, but the production brought over the parental fear/protective nature that comes out when one’s children are threatened. This was a nice carry over from the first film.

The film has a wonderful setup for the story and some great practical effects, and the way they did the lighting was impressive. The shadowy realm they brought forth had nods to Silent Hill and film of that ilk.

The only real problem with this film was that it just didn’t have the “Dread Factor” that the first one had. I found myself laughing far more than being creeped out. And on that subject this film seemed to interject several humorous moments, perhaps in an attempt to “ease the mood”. The thing with that, however, is that you lose, like I mentioned earlier, The “Dread Factor”.

Now I am sure that there are a number of people who are going to see this film and get very freaked out, especially when it comes to the nun that we all have seen the previews. She, the nun, is a very effective Catalyst for the story, driving it along like a runaway train, but a runaway train in a dream sequence, coming at you in slow motion while your feet are stuck in the earth that has come up around them.

I would say that this film is worth a watch, but definitely don’t go in expecting the same level of fear as the first one. Some Die Hard fans of this genre may not enjoy it as much, but take a newbie and watch them shriek!

 

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