The Conjuring 2 (2016)

Originally released on June 10th, 2016 (USA)

Plot Synopsis

Ed Warren (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) went on a sabbatical, but they call it off to go to Enfield, a borough in London. This is where they meet Peggy Hodgson (Frances O’Conner). She believes there is something evil in her house–which the Warrens agree with when the youngest child, Janet Hodgson (Madison Wolfe) begins showing signs of demonic possession. They choose to help the family, even if it means putting a target on their own backs.

Review

We meet the Nun in this one, and we find out that it’s name is Valak. Since we got the prequel The Nun (2018) we know more about the history of the nun, and how the Warrens came to cross it’s path. There will be more on that when I have a dedicated post for the movie. As for The Conjuring 2, this one is definitely scary. Demonic possession–ever since The Exorcist (1973) has been something that I find really unnerving. I found this installment to be just as scary as the first one, and it left me looking forward to the third installment–coming next year. As always, I believe Farmiga and Wilson did a great job in this movie, especially Farmiga’s talent in showing how the vision really disturbed Lorraine.

What do we think of this trial run of my reviews? Any objections to the new format? I’m not quite sure how I feel about it yet, but I’m figuring it out. Let’s talk about the movie and what you all think about it!

The Conjuring (2013)

Originally released on July 19th, 2013 (United States)

Plot Synopsis

Ed Warren (Patrick Wilson) and his wife Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) are called in to deal with strange happenings with the Perron family. Roger Perron (Ron Livingston) and Carolyn Perron (Lili Taylor) moved to a farmhouse where their family begins being played with by malevolent spirits. They decided to call the Warrens after hearing about their dealing with the cursed doll Annabelle. The Warrens are able to help the family, but their story isn’t over as they return home and place a box from the family in their room of artifacts from all of their cases. The movie ends with the box inexplicably opening and playing music.

Review

I find this movie scarier than Annabelle (2014)–mostly because the story of the Warrens in real life is such an interesting one. The story of the Warrens is at the core of the rest of these movies, all of them being part of what has come to be known as the Conjuring Universe–movies following different individual paths but that are all woven together. I also find this movie to be enjoyable because of it’s suspense and pacing, once again focusing on a spirit that is wreaking havoc on a family. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga play their roles well, stepping into rather large footsteps when portraying such famous names in the world of ghosts, demons and the supernatural. Annabelle (2014) came out after this one, so it is safe to say that this movie laid the foundation for the movies that followed.

It is no wonder why this universe encompasses some of my favorite horror movies. Have you guys seen this one? If you have, what did you think of it, and if you haven’t, what has kept you from doing so?

Annabelle Comes Home (2019)

Originally released on June 26th, 2019

If you find out that the house you’re in has a room filled to the brim with supposedly cursed artifacts, do yourself a favor and don’t sneak into said room and touch everything in it.

That’s exactly what happens when a girl named Daniela (Katie Sarife) convinces her friend Mary Ellen (Madison Iseman) to let her come over while she’s babysitting the child of the famous demon-fighting duo; the Warrens. Judy Warren, (Mckenna Grace) seems to have followed in her mother’s footsteps, having an ability to see and communicate with spirits. Due to her parents’ well-known choice in career, little Judy has a hard time making friends, instead clinging to Mary Ellen, her babysitter.

What ensues when Daniela, a girl who lost her father and is now trying to contact him, decides to pry into the room of artifacts and ultimately unleashes everything–including Annabelle. The evil doll we have come to recognize through her previous films and cameo in The Conjuring.

Personally, Daniela’s character annoyed me due to her blatant disregard for the rules of the room. Since she believed she’d be able to talk to her dad, it means that she believed in the ghosts and stories of the room–so to ignore the warnings and touch everything anyways, was super annoying. She learned her lesson though, I guess being haunted by evil beings would have that effect on someone.

I actually watched this movie in a theater that had about six other people in the room, and the big screen and powerful speakers combination made it so this movie was definitely scary–but a bit all over the place.

It becomes almost like an anthology of scary stories, a collection of some notable creatures that the Warrens dealt with–but none of them apart from Annabelle warranting their own movie which means they all get sandwiched into this installment. While it was scary, it felt too messy. Too many creatures all packed into one story. It lost it’s structure.

A scary movie has to do more than simply scare you. It has to leave some sort of imprint, have an effect. Being scary is the bare minimum nowadays and this installment felt like it had nothing going for it except for the scares. It lacked lasting power for me, a movie that is easy to skip over if you have another option.

I haven’t watched Annabelle: Creation yet, but I’m planning on it. What did you guys think of this installment?