The Movie: 7.5/10
First, let’s establish what spiritual and supernatural things I believe in: None. OK, so that’s out-of-the-way. While I may not believe in anything other worldly or ghostly or devilish/angelic, I have always LOVE movies and stories that delve into a world where those things are real. I even said, I WISH it was real in this life, demonic creatures crawling on the ceiling, ghosts floating through the walls, how interesting life would be, alas, they do not. This means I need movies like The Conjuring 2 (and previously The Conjuring, and a few thousand other horror flicks in my lifetime) to give me that view of what the world could be like if it were all part of reality.
The Conjuring movies are taken from stories told by two actual people who claim to be in tune with the other world, ghost investigators, paranormal detectives, Ed and Lorraine Warren. They made a living and a life of being people who feed into the fears of others, and now we watch movies about their adventures, which is fine with me. The only thing that bugs me is that people believe in them and trust them and it’s all just fantasy. I do like it in movie form, because that’s fiction and I can get my head around it, as a “based on a true story” thing..nah. This one is about a somewhat down trodden mom and her 4 kids in a council house in London in 1977. The accounts of their “real life” events can be found with a quick search online, but don’t skip over the part where they admit and are proven to be frauds, yes, don’t forget that part. The thing is, if you believe in such things, you might just say never mind to the truth and want the ghostly tale to be real.
The way the movie is made it’s classic scares and horror movie trickery, and that’s cool with me. I know what I’m signing up for when I go into this world of the Warrens’. It’s demons, ghosts, evil vs. good, possessions and shit flying around the room. I like it. I like it a lot. The way they do it in this movie, and Jon Wan does a good job of keeping me on high “creepy stuff” alert. I know there are cheap scares in the movie, and that’s fine with me. The images that are scary are enough to balance out the easy thrills:)
The idea of a house being haunted by an old dead guy, or a very dead old nun, or maybe a double jointed crooked man from a very unsettling children’s toy, well, there are lots of chances to be grossed out and freaked out and scared. The old man is pretty standard for the cheap scares. He’s old and dead and breathes heavy so his presence around the young girl makes the hairs stand up on my arm. The old dead nun is more than she appears and at times I held my breath because the images of her were so unnerving. The Crooked Man, now that’s a guy I don’t want to get in a small room with at night, or in the day time, or out in the brightly light street. He’s just too weird and unreal to not be afraid of.
I’m impressed with the impression this movie made on me. I am still thinking about it and the few gasps that actually came out of my mouth. I wasn’t like SCARED scared, but I can say that some of the moments made me think about what it would be like if I were in that moment in the story in that reality and it made me want to never live in a council house in London in the 70’s:)
- Crafting The Conjuring 2 (10 Minutes) – Cast, Director and Cinematographer discuss the challenges of making a sequel.
- The Enfield Poltergeist (13 Minutes) – The real Hodgson sisters visit the set and discuss the “real life” story of the Enfield case.
- Creating Crooked (7 Minutes) – The best thing about the film is the new monster “The Crooked Man” if you thought it was CG think again.
- The Conjuring 2 Hollywood’s Haunted Stage (5 Minutes) – A security guard at Warner brothers who claims he’s a paranormal investigator takes you around the so-called haunted set.
- The Sounds Of Scare (7 Minutes) – The obligatory look at the crafting of the score.
- Deleted Scenes (7 Minutes) – Four deleted scenes.
- UV Digital Copy
Cover Art and Menus: 7/10
I do like the cover, but I wouldn’t have it as a poster. The reason is that the movie is better than this artwork. The young woman is so good in her role and the vibe of the movie is more creepy and more visceral than a bunch of creepy crosses on a wall.
Audio & Video: 8/10
Digitally shot by oscar nominated Don Burgess who is famous for Forrest Gump. The Conjuring 2 looks the part from start to finish. Taking place mostly in the dark the movie is so expertly lit it never suffers from the I can’t see what is happening syndrome. Black levels are accurate and flesh tones while altered in post are still what the director intended.
The Conjuring 2 ships with a Dolby Atmos track that does the film justice in spades. The movie relies on sound as an atmosphere builder and this track is high on surround action which makes it way more creepy. The house creaks, water drips, children scream this movie has all the horror tropes and this track makes the most of it.
Overall Score 7.5/10