Another of the Conjuring Universe films, this time ‘The Conjuring 2’. Again, by the same director, the film follows a very similar pattern and direction to the original movie. We follow another tale from the paranormal experts, Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) Warren, while travelling to a different family with some sort of supernatural occurrence. This time we are set in 1977, in London, England, in the Hodgson Residence. This tale talks of one of the daughters of the Hodgson family, Janet (Madison Wolfe), where she starts sleep-walking and noticing things move: it becomes only the start of something that has taken place inside her.
Set in London and the accents are a bit odd in this film. I don’t know if I was just overthinking it, but for some reason some sounded a bit fake and initially it got a bit annoying. Nevertheless, you get used to it once the film really starts to kick in. And the film does kick in quite quickly, once the scene is set and the strange occurrences start to happen, you quickly become engulfed into this creepy plot line once again. However, I have to admit, this second film is no way near as good as the first. The first set a good story for the evil spirit, where this one seemed quite weak and to be honest didn’t seem to have much explanation at all! Regardless, it still was able to create the intense creepy feel like the first does with some jump scares throughout.
I really quite enjoyed the story with the Warren’s in this film. There are many scenes where I was more on edge with the story of Ed and Lorraine, particularly with Lorraine, rather than with the Hodgson’s. It seemed a lot more revolved around them, and I did like that. This connection was all linked in with ‘The Nun’. I also enjoyed the brilliance of the camera angles, the lighting and the sound, which of course had a great response from the first film and was well executed into this film too. They cleverly do create a horror.
Overall, ‘The Conjuring 2’ is a good horror film, not as good as the first, but still good, nonetheless. I felt the story of the spirit should have been better executed and some of the acting a little less shaky. Additionally, the appearance and disappearance of the fourth child, Johnny, seemed very odd. I didn’t even know he was part of the Hodgson family until over an hour into the film where things had massively escalated. I did like the back story of the Hodgson family, it felt real to recognise. Moreover, Ed and Lorraine are a great couple of ghost/demon-hunters to watch on screen, with their own essence of family and torment threaded into the story of the Hodgson’s.