The Conjuring 2 (2016) | Movie Review

The Warrens are back and are ready to conjure up some scares and what not. This is my review of James Wan’s The Conjuring 2.

First of all, I must admit, I’m not a big fan of horror movies from Hollywood. There are only a handful of good horror movies from there, but most of them tend to be chock full of clichés, and are really just not scary. Heck, I don’t even remember some of the events from the first Conjuring. But let me tell you, this sequel was a fun ride.

Sure, this sequel still has clichés, but the difference here is execution. There were some genuinely scary moments and creepy imagery, coupled with the right sound design and cinematography, plus the masterful direction and camerawork, which make it all the more effective. Instead of showering us with countless jumpscares, it actually lets the audience linger in the fear.

Even though I liked how this film looked and felt, there was just one thing that kind of irked me. There was a demonic creature that was badly animated, and obviously looked so unrealistic, it looked like it came out of a Tim Burton film, which kind of ruined the vibe that they were pulling off so well up to that point.

The Conjuring 2 has a lot of scary moments, and I really don’t have anything else to say, although I thought its runtime was too long. There’s a good number of scenes they could’ve made shorter. If they cut it short by about 10 or 20 minutes less, it would’ve been much better, but it’s current form is still a notch above the typical Hollywood horror fare. Is it the best out there? I’m not really sure, but I can tell you one thing, and this is a rare thing to say, but the sequel is definitely better than the first one.

My Rating: 8/10

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