I didn’t watch The Conjuring. I meant to get to it, but I just didn’t because of how terrifying I had heard it was.
Maybe it’s my penchant for reading Reddit’s r/NoSleep and creating my own frightening scenarios in my head that’s done this.
But I digress.
On that note though, it didn’t make it easier for me to head along and check out The Conjuring 2, but here I am…reviewing The Conjuring 2.
And I loved it.
Now I’m not saying I’m adverse to horror. It’s quite the opposite in-fact. It’s just that many times I find myself either laughing at the film as that’s one way I deal with fear, or I fear that’ll I’ll run through a wall like the X-Men’s Juggernaut, due to my own size and power.
Of course it never turns out like that, but it’s much more fun to sell into that idea.
And while The Conjuring 2 definitely does that, keeping you on the edge of your seat for just over 2 hours, it’s also a wonderful homage in many ways to older horrors such as The Exorcist or The Omen (the basic opening title sequence eerily revisiting the style set by these films).
The Conjuring 2 brings to the screen another real case from the files of renowned demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren.
Reprising their roles, Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson star as Lorraine and Ed Warren, who, in one of their most terrifying paranormal investigations, travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits.
With the 2 leads in charge, I already felt 100% more safe. But maybe that’s because I find both Farmiga and Wilson to be hugely charismatic, and in many ways that translates to the way you feel with them on-screen.
On the other hand though, any supporting characters become a kind of ‘bait’ to the fictionalised version of the very real Enfield Poltergeist story.
And in this case, the entity is something truly frightening. Part old man, part Marilyn Manson, part “What the actual f**k are you“, the tale is never as it seems and tip-toes around the world of the supernatural.
While some scenes can come off as shockingly corny, the movie works quickly to put you back into some kind of menacing situation so you don’t release that iron-grip you have on your seat.
And after I walked out, I was buzzing.
It was a riot, a hoot, a fun tale of spooky things causing grievous bodily harm to the still-living because apparently that’s what they do.
And because of it, I might just put on The Conjuring right now.
Wonderfully hokey in parts and horribly frightening in others, The Conjuring 2 is a fun revisit to the older style of horrors, keeping you on the edge of your seat for the whole ride.