The Conjuring 2 released in the Uk on 17th June, it is an American supernatural horror film directed by James Wan and written by Carey Hayes, Chad Hayes, Wan and David Leslie Johnson. You may recall the first Conjuring came out in 2013 and yes this is the sequel. Celebrity ghost hunters played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga return in the second installment following the previous not so impressive movie.
We follow the paranormal investigators and authors Ed and Lorraine Warren looking at cases that made them famous including the Amityville horror house, where a demon just lingered in Lorainnes physche causing her to refuse cases thereafter the possession. Sadly this film does not cover the Amityville horror, we in fact look at the British equivlent. This film is set in Enfield, London amongst the poor and hugely stereotyped cockney Hodgson family, who are experiencing poltergeist activity at their Brimsdown, set in 1977.
I was really taken aback by the pacing of the film, it went straight in with ahrd hitting ghost hunting which was connecting each case. We have a syboplic demon in the guise of a anun who has foretold the death of Ed in a vision to Lorraine. This vision instead of stopped the couple leads them to Enfield. After a desperate cry from the church which does not want to be associated with hoaxes the couple set off to help the Hodgson’s.
The Hodgson’s are clearly being haunted, this is all triggered by the daughter, Janet who brings a home made ‘spirit board’ and activates with with older sister Margret (who I can see turning into a future heart throb in her acting career). It helps the family live in a dilapidated house in poverty that the atmosphere builds without being to much of a environment change. The damp above the mysterious rocking chair is part of the furniture, nothing ominous about that at all.
One of the family members is a young boy by the name of Billy who is given a stutter, this is not ingrgal to the story or makes any relevance, as much as I tried to see interesting plot devices, it was as simple as ‘Get out of my house, you don’t belong here’ and perhaps you feel more fear as it mentions attacking Billy first. Apart from his fire engine turning on and off and a brief encounter with the ‘crooked man’ the ghost has attached itself to Janet and manifests in daylight in front of crowds.
One of the boldest forms of horror was having the ghost exposed and yet me and audience in the cinema theatre were all on edge. What was it going to do next, who was it going to terrorize or worse yet, would it breathe whilst eating biscuits? There was a lot of advertising for Mc vities Digestives in this film, not sure about the story. As much as I enjoyed the thrill of the movie, the CGI was on point. I couldn’t help but notice something missing. There was not much backlground to the story, why is this old man haunting this family? More importantly, who was the nun, how was she related to the Amityville horror house or Brimsdown house?
Despite the crazy goings on in the house, they all managed to live together sometimes as a while or just Janet and the mum, then the ghost hunters. It all seemed rather bizarre why they didn’t move out but I guess they were poor. Despite the pressures of entrapment it was nice to see some emotional development for Janet where Lorraine and Ed both take turns telling her she would be misunderstood and feared in her life but she would find some one who would understand her and she would eventually marry him. Moral of the story? It’s ok if your possessed make it someone else problem. Marriage.
Despite my many negatives, I quite enjoyed the film and this is definitely in my top 20 horrors which is quite impressive since the predecessor was so limp and over exaggerated and let’s not even talk about the spin off Annabelle. If you like ghost stories and family drama this film will hit the spot. If you dislike nuns best give this film a miss.