2013’s The Conjuring is one of the biggest horror films of all-time. Seeing it in theaters on that warm albeit dreary day that July was a breath of fresh air. Not only did it have enough suspense, it had just enough wit and tender moments to keep the film going forward. Being based on the true story of the Warrens investigating a farmhouse in Rhode Island and having limited amount of CGI makes the movie all the more realistic. The Conjuring 2 brings Wan’s magic tricks back with a little extra special effects to the spotlight. This time, he’s going across the Atlantic Ocean.
In 1977, Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) go to north London. There, they meet Peggy Hodgson (Frances O’Connor), a single mother of four children—Margaret (Lauren Esposito), Janet (Madison Wolfe), Johnny (Patrick McAuley), and Billy (Benjamin Haigh). They begin to witness some bizarre behavior from the youngest daughter Janet. Her sleepwalking becomes more demonic each night. They help the family get rid of the entity. But, they soon begin to realize there is more to the investigation than there is.
It’s great to see the Warrens back for another investigation. Farmiga and Wilson still own the silver screen leading a solid cast. As before, the movie is more than just fighting the paranormal. It’s about the power of being a couple. Apart from the expected suspense and some of the year’s most terrifying images you will see, Patrick Wilson singing Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love” is worth the ticket price. It’s rare for a horror sequel to be as excellent as its predecessor. Kudos to Wan and Co. for crafting another creepy yet emotionally driven horror film that will be remembered for years to come.