Verdict: The theatre reverberated with the screams of the audience.
Take a ghost and a subject to be possessed, add a fear factor and some gut-wrenching emotions, and voila! You have made a horror movie. The formula is seen across horror flicks such as Insidious, The Conjuring, Annabelle, and possibly every other movie of this genre. And if you have seen The Conjuring, you know what you’re in for in The Conjuring 2. And while this movie promises twice the terror, it’s nothing you haven’t seen before.
The Conjuring 2 once again follows paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga), who continue their quest for finding and condemning supernatural spirits that oppress people. Far away, in London, the house of a single mother of four kids (Frances O’Connor) seems to be haunted. What’s worse is that the spirit in the house has possessed the youngest daughter Janet (Madison Wolfe). Janet begins to show peculiar behavior, such as sleep walking, teleporting, and self-harming. The haunting soon becomes popular, as television channels begin to film instances of young Janet being possessed. This attracts the attention of the Church, who call for Ed and Lorraine to assess the situation and uncover the secrets that lie in the house. Meanwhile, Lorraine has been having visions of her own. Even as she wants to help Janet, their involvement can place Ed in grave danger.
The story is based on a real-life haunting in Enfield, England from 1977 to 1979 called The Enfield Poltergeist. This revelation attempts to create a dramatic effect in the movie, but fails on account of many added plot twists. In spite of the rage caused by the trailer, The Conjuring 2 does not live up to the expectations of those who have already seen The Conjuring. The ghosts and demons are definitely more terrifying in their sudden appearances, but the continuation of the horror sequences reduces the fear factor by the end of the movie. The direction is wonderfully executed, as can be expected from James Wan. Special effects are blended perfectly to create the element of horror, while the levels of intensity are raised from scene to scene. Vera Farmiga is convincing, and we would have loved to see more of her. But here, Janet is the focus, the possessed, who does not get the sympathy she deserves. As the plot unravels towards the end, the scenes become highly predictable and the film ends in a way any other horror movie would.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
Do not expect an intelligent story or a breakthrough performance. Simply watch this movie if you enjoy the rush of being scared out of your wits.