THE CONJURING 2 (2016) – 4 Stars (out of 5)
The movie that surprised me the most was THE CONJURING 2. Depending upon who you can believe, it may or may not be a true story. There are moments when you may look away from the screen or in my case, cover your eyes. This is one scary movie. For maximum enjoyment, it is always more fun to experience fear in a crowded theater — as you feel the tension and share the relief.
While the film opens at the Amityville house in 1976, the sequel to THE CONJURING really begins in 1977. Ed and Lorraine Warren (played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) return to solve what is known as “England’s Amityville”. Ed is a Vatican-authorized demonologist. Lorraine is a clairvoyant whose specialty is evil spirits. Without giving the plot away, the Roman Catholic Church asks the Warrens to come to England to solve the mystery of a single mother and her four children whose house is haunted on a paranormal level.
The film is directed by James Wan. The script is written by Mr. Wan and twin brothers Chad and Carey Hayes (all returning from the first movie) as well as David Johnson. The story unfolds slowly. The fear builds — not so much with special effects, but with the brilliant use of camera and editing. The story is strengthened by layers of intricate details.
Spoiler alert: I loved the fact that nobody dies in this movie.