James Wan is the father of the new wave of horror. With horror becoming so mainstream and so popular now, there are tons of generic titles being released but there are also loads of filmmakers who are bringing new and original visions to horror. But James Wan really started this renaissance back in 2004 with Saw. Since then he has not only created old fashioned, classy studio horror films but has created all new franchises including the Insidious films and the Conjuring films as well as becoming one of Hollywood’s favorite directors with films like Furious 7 and the upcoming DC film Aquaman. The second film in the Conjuring series, The Conjuring 2, is out this month.
Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) have tackled some very intense paranormal cases such as the Perron family case from the original Conjuring. This time they are off to London to help Peggy Hodgson (Frances O’Connor) who believes her humble home is under siege by a malevolent force that is targeting one of her daughters in particular, Janet (Madison Wolfe). But the Warren’s may be in for more than they bargained for when they begin their investigation of the much-publicized happenings when a force from one of their previous cases, Amityville, may be returning to take care of some unfinished business.
The Conjuring was such a phenomenal film, such an intimate story of a family in crisis. It was that family and the brilliant way they were portrayed, as well as Wan’s masterful camerawork that made The Conjuring stand out in the genre and become such a huge hit. And I am happy to say you are in for more of the same with The Conjuring 2. Again we are treated to a fantastic cast of actors portraying a family you actually care about, not just personality free victims. Wilson and Farmiga also knock it out of the park again as the Warrens and actually get even more time to explore their relationship and the powerful bond they share. The effects are excellent, the camerawork dazzling, the performances solid, and the scares plentiful and effective. The Conjuring 2 is at the very least as good as the original film and perhaps even slightly better. I cannot wait to see where Wan takes the Warrens next.
There is a great selection of special features on the Blu-ray as well although I would have loved for them to be even more in depth. You get a fantastic little doc on the real case including interviews with the real people and great footage of them visiting the set of the film, a short making of doc and a piece about the creation of the ‘Crooked Man’. All in all The Conjuring 2 is a great film worthy of the film that came before it and highly recommended.