The Conjuring 2 Doesn’t Fail to Scare – Review (Blu-ray Update)

With the release of The Conjuring 2 now out on DVD and Blu-ray, I thought I would bring you an updated version of the review I did back in June for the theatrical release, but with the updates for the Blu-ray release.

We loved The Conjuring when we first saw it back in 2013 so after seeing the trailers for The Conjuring 2 we couldn’t wait to see the film and the chance to be scared all over again.

Directed by James Wan (Insidious, Furious 7), The Conjuring wasn’t another one of those atrocious, hand-held cameras, Paranormal Activity style movies, it had more style than those, it was a “real” film with actors and not cheap bit part players. It also had a filmed style to make it feel like it was in the late 60’s early 70’s.

The Conjuring 2 follows the phenomenal worldwide reception of Wan’s “The Conjuring” which marked the largest opening ever for an original horror movie. The film went on to make more than $319 million worldwide and still remains the second highest grossing original horror movie of all time, second only to “The Exorcist.

The Conjuring 2 - Image Courtesy Warner Bros UK

The new film sees Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga (“Up In the Air“, TV’s “Bates Motel“) and Patrick Wilson (the “Insidious” films), reprising their roles 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.

The Conjuring 2 – From Amityville to Enfield

Having James Wan back for the film was must have, he certainly has the touch when it comes to directing this style of movie and The Conjuring 2 certainly has some nice camera shots and effects, such as the camera moving through the house and passing through the windows etc. which is very nicely done.

One the things I loved about the first movie was the way we were made to jump out of our seats, although there are as many jumpy moments in the sequel, there are still those moments that you maybe know are coming but still make you jump.

For me, with The Conjuring 2, it seemed to be more psychological and I found the hairs on the back of my neck standing to attention on several occasions, plus shivers down my spine, especially when Janet (played by Madison Wolfe) starts speaking with the voice of the spirit in the house.

The question of, “are the family faking it?” arises during the investigation, with Lorraine Warren not sensing a presence, but could the family fake so much of the paranormal activity and what about things that couldn’t be explained.

The Conjuring 2 is an entertaining film based on the story of the Enfield Poltergeist, there are some great moments throughout the film, look out for the conversation between Janet/Bill and Ed Warren, keep your eyes on the blurred background of Janet, very nicely done.

James Wan’s visual style in movie making is a joy to watch, he works the tension nicely for the audience to build up the anticipation before lulling them into a fall sense of, “everything’s OK now!”.

The look of the film certainly has that 70s film, with the clothing, cars and the set design to look like it’s been filmed in the 1970s, which all works nicely to make the film become more believable.

If you enjoyed the first film, then you will enjoy the sequel, go see this if you love to be scared.

The Conjuring 2 – Teaser Trailer

The cast for The Conjuring 2 also features Frances O’Connor (TV’s “The Missing”) as the single mom, with Madison Wolfe (TV’s “Zoo”) and newcomers Lauren Esposito, Patrick McAuley and Benjamin Haigh as her children; Maria Doyle Kennedy (TV’s “Orphan Black”); Simon Delaney (TV’s “Roy”); Franka Potente (TV’s “The Bridge“); and Simon McBurney (“Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation“).

The Conjuring 2 on Blu-ray

So now that the movie is now out on Blu-ray, it’s time to update this review, I can;t say much more about the movie, it is still a brilliant film to watch at home on Blu-ray, the image quality is crystal clear and what works brilliantly on the home release is the Dolby 5.1 sound. Yes the sound worked well in the cinema, but at home with a 5.1 system in a smaller room it works very well, sounds are clear from the rear two speakers as they are from the front three, the subwoofer also comes in to its own for moments of loud bangs, suffice to say “popcorn fountains” have been produced in my household.

Plus there is also the added bonus of the special features that are on The Conjuring 2’s Blu-ray release, these include, The Enfield Poltergeist: Living The Horror, The Conjuring 2: Hollywood’s Haunted Stage, Creating Crooked Man, Crafting The Conjuring 2, Sounds of Scary and Deleted Scenes, all these add up to an interesting viewing that takes you that step further into the world of  Lorraine and Ed Warren.

If you want some scares this Halloween then I recommend you grab a copy and watch the movie with the lights out and the volume loud, go on live a little and enjoy a few scares from time to time.

The Conjuring 2 out now on Blu-ray and DVD.

Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds. She is also a Cinema reviewer, based at the Scala in Prestatyn and also works with RealD 3D reviewing the latest 3D releases, she has also had several articles published in various publications. In 2015 she became an Award Winning Blogger and also has her website listed as one of the UK's Top 10 Film Blogs.
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