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  • Writer's pictureStephen Yanni

The Conjuring 2- Deja Boo

Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3/5 stars)

Released 06-10-2016

Watched 08-20-2023

Reviewed 08-23-2023

Available to Rent or Buy

"Your name gives me dominion over you, demon, and I do know your name!"

"The Conjuring 2" returns audiences to the world of Ed and Lorraine Warren, promising another deep dive into one of their paranormal investigations. While director James Wan showcases his adeptness at creating tense and atmospheric sequences, the sequel doesn’t quite match the raw intensity and originality of its predecessor.

The film’s strength lies in the chemistry between Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, reprising their roles as the Warrens. Their genuine commitment to the roles injects the story with a touch of authenticity, allowing viewers to connect with the couple's journey despite the supernatural elements.

However, "The Conjuring 2" often leans heavily into familiar horror tropes, which detract from the suspense. Some sequences feel like a rehash of elements we've seen before, not just in the original but in other horror films as well. Additionally, the pacing can be uneven, with certain segments dragging on without advancing the narrative or amplifying the tension.

In terms of visuals, the cinematography is praiseworthy, capitalizing on dimly lit environments and sudden shifts in perspective to induce fear. The sound design also deserves a nod, with chilling effects and music that build upon the eerie ambiance.

To sum it up, "The Conjuring 2" might still be a decent watch for fans of the Warrens or those looking for a few good scares on a movie night. However, for those expecting a game-changer like the first installment, this sequel might fall a bit short of expectations.


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