Sequels to successful horror movies are strange beasts. We’ve been trained to wince at horror movies that have ever increasing numbers at the end of their titles. We complain that they’re all cheap cash grabs and rehashes of the movies that came before it, but we always secretly hope that they live up to the original or manage to capture the same proverbial lightning in a bottle. The more impressive the original film the more volatile people’s reactions will be when its inevitable sequel comes out. So when a sequel to one of the best horror movies of the last 15 years comes out, you bet people are going to get divisive about it.
The Conjuring 2 is the newest project from horror master James Wan. He’s really becoming a household name in horror directing over the last few years, especially after the massive critical and financial success of the first Conjuring movie. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga are back as the adorable demon slaying power couple Ed and Lorraine Warren, and in this movie they’re sent off to England on behalf of the church to investigate a potential haunting. A down on their luck, lower-middle class family have noticed strange things happening to them and their house; their daughter teleports in her sleep, furniture is moving around on its own, and some of the kids are seeing some suspicious things. Sound familiar? It probably does, because the setup is pretty much the same as the first Conjuring. Luckily that’s where the unnecessary similarities end. (more…)