The Conjuring was an anomaly. It was the rare horror movie that worked as an effective drama in addition to serving up the requisite scares. It was also a huge box-office smash, making more than $300 million on a $20 million budget. Now, three years after the original, the inevitable sequel is upon us (we are ignoring the pointless spinoff Annabelle). Here is its first trailer.
The Conjuring 2 takes the action to 1970’s England for another chapter in the increasingly creepy lives of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. Like the last time, we’re assured that this one too, is based on a true story.
Watch the trailer here
All the usual horror movie tropes are crammed in here. There’s a demonic entity, obviously. The creepy entity has found itself the perfect little girl to torment. There are upside down crucifixes, jump scares, and natty old people - just what we all want from our Conjuring sequel.
Director James Wan is back too. And this time, he’s a bigger deal. Now we know what a $1.5 billion grossing Fast and Furious movie gets you: A more prominent credit and Aquaman.
But honestly, it’s encouraging to see that despite all the huge offers Wan must’ve fielded, he returned to the relatively smaller-scale Conjuring 2. It suggests the director has personal affinity for the material and characters and that’s always a good sign. And it’s cool that he’s experimenting more freely with flashy new camerawork, while at the same time retaining the original movie’s slow-burning sense of doom and gloom.
The Conjuring 2 probably won’t be reinventing the wheel, but not every movie needs to do that. Especially The Conjuring 2.
The film features returning players Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga supported by newcomers Simon McBurney, Franka Potente and Frances O’Connor. It arrives in theatres on June 10.
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