Thanks to Roadshow Films we had the chance to see James Wan’s The Conjuring 2, before its Australian cinematic release. This is our review of the film but, as usual, no matter what we say we recommend that you still go to your local cinema and see it because there’s no critic more relevant to you than yourself.
Based on true events ‘The Conjuring 2‘ follows another iconic case file conducted by the controversial paranormal experts, the Warrens. This time, they find themselves in the spotlight due to their involvement in the investigation of the atrocious Amityville events, in which a young man killed his entire family, allegedly as a result of possession by a demonic entity.
During that particular investigation, medium Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) has a shocking revelation involving her husband, Ed (Patrick Wilson), and a spooky creature that resembles a dead nun. This convinces the couple to pass up future investigations.
The couple has a change of heart, however, when they are approached by the church to help with a new investigation. The new case, involving a family of five, will take them all the way to England to take part in what will be one of their most challenging cases. The life of young 11-year-old Janet (Madison Wolfe) is in jeopardy and she and her family are being haunted by inexplicable forces.
Following the success of 2013’s The Conjuring, Australian director James Wan’s decision to present a new case based on the Warren’s files was a risky move, especially after the average ‘Insidious 2’ and the highly disappointing spin-off, ‘Annabelle’.
Nevertheless, fans of the first film and horror films in general can rest at ease. This film breaks the rule of many blockbuster sequels by delivering the same, or even a better standard, than its predecessor. It features a fast-paced narrative, good practical and digital special effects, as well as the casting of some talented newcomers – young Madison Wolfe is especially impressive in the role of the troubled Janet.
Another of the film’s many highlights is the inclusion of clever plot twists. Wan teases the viewer with so many horror film clichés with the sole purpose of misguiding in order to shock audiences who won’t see what’s coming. These red herrings and twists will have viewers on the edge of their seats for the duration of the almost 120-minute film. Furthermore, the director plays additional mind games with the use of audio, rather than visual, effects during some key moments. This proves to be a very well implemented technique that truly delivers some good scares.
Overall, ‘The Conjuring 2‘ is a triumphant horror film that not only features a solid cast but also proves that a good script and clever narrative are the keys to success. The thrills don’t rely on special effects, which are used as tools to enhance the final product. This is a must-see film, but only if you are brave enough!
The Conjuring 2 – Now in cinemas