Fresh and Exciting
I like movies that are aware of what they are selling... without [any] greater aspirations than to make people laugh and that's it.
A movie that not only functions as a solid scarefest but a razor-sharp satire.
The thing I enjoyed most about the film is the fact that it doesn't shy away from being a super-sized-cliche;
Nothing authentic or believable in this comedy of errors.
As with most sequels, this was not as scary or effective as 'The Conjuring'. It was nice to see Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga back in the roles of Ed and Lorraine Warren. They just bring such a sense of credibility to the film that you almost believe they are Ed and Lorraine Warren. I did get a sense of 'Oh, I've seen this before', but the film is nevertheless still good in its own right and worth the watch.
The conjuring series started out strong and still is...but as some films get progressively worse this held close...not as terrifying but had some jumpy moments...be sure to add this to your collection...but it may not be at the top of your list
Despite the occasional tonal relapse and iffy moment of forced comedic levity, 'The Conjuring 2 (2016)' manages to maintain a consistent level of quality by providing the tension and suspense we've come to expect from this series in spades. It is actually probably scarier than the first thanks mainly to the fact that the threat feels palpably deadly almost right from the start of the stellar set-up. This instalment also manages to create a couple of memorably creepy supernatural creatures that frighten with their superb and unique design alone, yet are still treated with the respect that Wan clearly has for the genre and the general craft - which here he seems to have mastered, able to play the audience like a finely-tuned piano. Character maintains a prevalent factor throughout, though, meaning that we truly care for the people at the heart of these dangerous situations. It's a wonderfully accomplished sequel that I enjoyed just as much, if not more than, the first. Again, one of the best horror features in quite some time. 8/10