The Conjuring 2
After The Conjuring won with its subtle approach to fright and the supernatural, the sequel, simply titled The Conjuring 2, was a sure bet to impress, with Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson returning excellently as paranormal investigators Lorraine and Ed Warren. Based off of the infamous Enfield Poltergeist incident in 1977, The Conjuring 2 brings the husband and wife team to England to investigate the series of occurrences surrounding a single mother and her four children (Frances O’Connor, Madison Wolfe, Lauren Esposito, Patrick McAuley and Benjamin Haigh). That incident gives returning director James Wan a lot to work with, making for a potentially compelling story. Unfortunately, pretty soon, the Conjuring 2 fails to live up to the subtle delivery of its predecessor by pushing the lines of what could be deemed realistic (for paranormal lovers like myself) to going over the top. The film touches on all the necessary points to make for a great horror film, but too many times too much is shown, giving little credit to the audience by practically spelling out what’s happening. It feels too easy. On the plus side, the Crooked Man nursery rhyme has now become a personal musical staple!