Director James Wan proves to us yet again that he is a master of horror storytelling.
Director James Wan, Vera Farmiga, and Patrick Wilson return for the second installment in the Conjuring franchise. After the highly successful first film, this one has a lot to live up to.
The story takes place after the first film. During investigation of the infamous Amityville Horror case, Lorraine Warren (Farmiga) foresees a demonic entity who might be the cause of the haunting (and for some reason… wears a nun costume). She also witnesses something so horrific she decides not to take another case. Meanwhile, a family in London are being haunted by a spirit of an old settler. Through persuasion, Ed (Wilson) manages Lorraine for them to take the case.
After The Conjuring and the Insidious franchise, director James Wan is undoubtedly an expert in telling/showing horror stories. The tilted camera angles, the suspense, and the cinematography in general makes the viewers grip their seats and lean back waiting anxiously for that scare.
Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga’s chemistry as the Warrens is still present. Because of the film’s conflict, you can really feel the history/connection between the two characters. It is a delightful sight to see Wilson sing Elvis Presley’s Can’t Help Falling in Love. After The Phantom of the Opera, it has been a long time since I heard him sing.
But the real star of this show is Madison Wolfe, who portrays the victim to the poltergeist. The success of most of the scares rely heavily on her acting ability. She really looked scared and terrified.
The only problem I have is the anti-climactic resolution of the film. After all the scenes of scares and demon voices, the demon was easily defeated. Though there was a simultaneous scene of suspense, the climax was not as “seat-gripping” as the first film’s.
Despite its anti-climactic ending, The Conjuring 2 is a rarity when it comes to great horror film sequels. Because of that, this film is…