Howdy there, Scream Freaks! Lot of sequels at the movies lately. You’ve got Independence Day: Resurgence, Finding Dori, TMNT: Out of the Shadows, Captain America: Civil War, and (what we went to check out) Conjuring 2. Fresh back from the theater, we thought we’d take some time to shoot the shit on this super-hyped scarefest that’s got everyone talking about heart attacks in the cineplex. There will be spoilers, so read with caution.

First off, Conjuring 2 was good, but not a “Wow!” for us. Mainly because it wasn’t much different from the first one. If you recall, the first movie was about the Warrens, a famous paranormal tag-team couple from the ’70s, helping free a young girl from the possessive grips of an evil spirit. In the sequel, the Warrens have sworn off anymore investigations after their experience in the Amityville house but jump back in the saddle when they hear a girl in London is bullied non-stop by the ghost of old man Wilkins. So, once again we’re watching them save a kid being haunted by an evil force with a lot of the same bells and whistles trying to scare us from the last movie. Possessions, creepy sounds, and shit flying everywhere.

Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga are perfectly cast as the Warrens in these movies. They’re solid performers whose relationship is nothing short of convincing and successfully give you horror heroes worth rooting for. Their chemistry on screen is only boosted by director James Wan’s eye for slick cinematography, a script rich in character, and the perfect rhythm of jump scares the film seems edited to.

Our only beef with this whole thing was the tension being about as thin as a haunted house attraction around Halloween. Based on what happened in the first Conjuring, our gang had already bet nobody was going to die, and it would be more about scare than terror which is exactly what happened. It’s hard to feel worried for anyone when you know it’s all going to end in sunshine and rainbows for everybody at the end.

Even the ghosts were a little disappointing, but it’s not for lack of effort. Old man Wilkin’s ghost was filmed in a very effective way, but didn’t feel like it was pushed enough or in the right ways. Most the time he’s creeping around saying “Boo!,” but when the filmmakers push the envelope and seemingly make him more like a Ghostbusters villain as the morphing Crooked Man who taunts children with nursery rhymes, it was too much distracting CGI that had us thinking of Tim Burton characters from Alice in Wonderland.

There is a second supernatural threat that turns out to be a demon disguised as an evil nun that’s actually manipulating the haunting for its benefit, but this too was good and bad. The filmmakers elevate the sequel by giving us a totally unexpected turn of events when we learn this demon is using old man Wilkin’s ghost as a smokescreen so it could possess the girl, but that twist ends as soon as it starts without any explanation, leaving us hanging with what felt like some bigger plot out of a season of Supernatural. Why did the demon go to such complex lengths to get the girl? Was the demon originally from the Amityville house and attach itself to Lorraine Warren? Why did it bother telling Lorraine its name without being compelled, ultimately handing her its #1 weakness? We have so many questions that aren’t from criticism but interest in something we found to be the most interesting part of the movie they barely went into.

All in all, this isn’t a movie we’re running to tell all our friends to hurry and see, and we definitely don’t think it lives up to all the hype on TV or in the reviews. However, it was well made, and the acting was superb which does rate it higher than your average fright pic. If they had made us feel like anyone could possibly die at anytime and put more thought into the demonic end of this story, it could have been something real special. But we rate it 4/5!

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