The Conjuring 2 (2016) (Blu-ray Review)

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The Conjuring 2 (2016) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: James Wan
Starring: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Madison Wolfe
Rated: R/Region A/2:40/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Warner Home Video

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The supernatural thriller 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.

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I was one of those people who found The Conjuring to be a bit of a breath of fresh air to the haunting side of the world of horror. I was more than ready for the sequel, The Conjuring 2, which dives into the story of Enfield poltergeist. As an added bonus this movie kicks things off as the Warrens are having a seancè in the Amityville Horror House. Which might be one of the more popular cases these folks ever have been a part of. While there, Lorraine sees a vision of a very evil Nun and that then takes the plot to England and the Enfield area. From there the movie becomes a series of very loud quick cuts and jump scares. I admit some work more than others and as a whole, the film doesn’t seem to find the creepy vibe on the same level that it did in the original, but you do get some good scary stuff here. The Nun in question is already getting a spin-off, so that should tell you all you need to know about how spooky that character is. Besides her, we also get an old man as well as a being I thought was CGI but apparently a good actor in the form of a Crooked Man. He might not be getting a spin-off of his own, but he is very noteworthy and worth seeing as well. I don’t think I’d call the story overall as good as the original was but it keeps you watching and doesn’t seem to slow down from start to finish. I can’t recall a single scene in the movie where at least something isn’t happening of note. It’s either scary or moving the plot along with no drag.

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We live in a day and age where ghost stories seem to be a dime a dozen on the big screen. The Conjuring 2 doesn’t top the first film but it is still a very creepy and watchable movie that blows 90% of the other haunting based films you see coming out these days out of the water. It packs a good cast, a great director, and it seems to know when you really amp up the spooky when it counts the most. This is a movie that gets an R rating based off of just the imagery and the terror. So while you won’t be seeing tons of blood and gore (or foul words) you’ll at least see horror in the purest form at the heart of things even if it does fail just a bit with perhaps cramming a bit too much into the movie as a whole. I still don’t see anyone watching this one and not having a good time doing so. If you loved the first movie I think you’ll at least really like this one. I welcome any spin-off of the creepy Nun character as well to go along with it. The disc also comes with a very interesting documentary about the real life story the movie is based on. That’s also worth a watch.

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Extras

The Enfield Poltergeist: Living The Horror
– The Conjuring 2: Hollywood’s Haunted Stage
– Crafting the Conjuring
– Creating Crooked
– Sounds of Scary
– Deleted Scenes

Quality of Transfer: 99%

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