As I’ve already mentioned a couple of times, The Conjuring is undoubtedly the scariest movie I have ever seen in my entire life, so it took a lot of persuasion and convincing to drag me to the movies to watch the sequel. I was ready to scream, cry, cover my eyes, and just act like Mr. Bean in the episode where he goes to the cinema and watches a scary movie.
Prior to going to the cinema, I decided to learn a bit about the story The Conjuring 2 is based on, which is known as The Enfield Poltergeist and is a case of the famous demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren. The Enfield Poltergeist took place in London between 1977 and 1979 and involved two sisters Margret and Janet who experienced a bunch of paranormal stuff at their home, such as Janet being possessed by a ghost who was possessed by a demon. If you want to learn about that story, you can watch a documentary on it HERE.
The first 30 minutes of the movie were scary as hell – I had moments where I simply had to focus on anything else but the screen because I couldn’t deal with what was happening on there. After 30 minutes, you kind of get used to get startled all the time because, like in other horror flicks, you can tell by the sound when the next startle will take place. I’m a person who is not really scared of monsters and demons, so all the creatures were not that scary for me. What scares me are creepy details like shadows, silhouettes of the aforementioned creatures, or, like in The Conjuring, clapping ghost hands. Looking at a big dark monsters with horns and red eyes does nothing for me, so when I accepted the fact that I might get a heart attack from being startled every 5 minutes, I kind of felt a bit safer because it was nothing but close-ups of demonic faces.
The plot of The Conjuring 2 is great and the fact that it is based on real events makes it extra scary, but it was very exaggerated at times and you are left thinking “Are you effing kidding me?!” – and those were the moments where I felt so proud of myself for being so brave, lol. I love Ed and Lorraine Warren and I couldn’t stop thinking how crazily beautiful Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson are together and how Ed and Lorraine Warren seemed like the most amazing couple.
So is The Conjuring 2 better than The Conjuring? Absolutely not. I read some great reviews on IMDb and people seem to think the opposite but I was not genuinely scared to the point where I thought “How am I gonna sleep tonight?!”. It is absolutely scary and creepy but, for me, the details made it creepy and not the demon. James Wan did an admirable job creating this movie because, although I’m not impressed by it overall, it is a great piece of work just like his previous horror movies.
The movie raises questions about faith, about the supernatural, and about believing in the supernatural, which is interesting for me. I am not religious in any way but I do find movies about possessions and exorcisms interesting, as I believe in that stuff. The whole cast did a great job, especially Madison Wolfe who plays Janet (and looks like the real Janet a lot) and who is the main character in the movie. If you love horror movies, I would recommend watching The Conjuring 2 because it is highly anticipated and it is a must see for horror movie lovers. But please, watch The Conjuring first!
The Conjuring 2 will get 3 out of 5 clapperboards because, despite the great production, good storyline and spot-on casting, I missed elements that would make me sleep with the lights on at night, or that would haunt me forever like The Conjuring.