Compelling characters, atmospheric horror: Five reasons to see 'The Conjuring 2

Siddhi Desai

Jun,10 2016 13:56 58 IST

*Clap, clap!* The sequel to The Conjuring is here and it releases in Indian theatres on Friday.

The Conjuring 2 marks the return of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, wherein they help a girl haunted by demons only to become the targets for the spiteful spirits themselves. Here are some reasons why moviegoers should catch this movie.

Director James Wan attends the premiere of 'The Conjuring 2' at the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival. Photo: Getty images

James Wan’s vision

One of the most critically and commercially successful horror movie directors, James Wan is back again with The Conjuring 2. With movies like Saw and the Insidious trilogy in his filmography, it isn’t surprising that horror movie buffs are excited for this movie.

Wan’s horror flicks have always been a cut above the rest, with his minimal use of CGI, his dark atmospheric storytelling and strong sense of balance in terms of style and story. Working as a writer, director and/or a producer in more than 15 horror movies so far, The Conjuring 2 will provide another platform for Wan to exhibit his directorial and technical prowess.

Actors Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson in The Conjuring. Photo: Warner Bros

Actors Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga return as Ed and Lorraine Warren

The problem with horror movies today is that it's hard for the audience to connect with the movie characters and they’re often more disposable than a character in the Game of Thrones universe.

The commercial success of many horror flicks has compelled production houses to force a franchise out of original movies and make sequels that have nothing to do with the original.

But this doesn’t seem to be the case for this sequel. Investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren won over both the makers of the movie, especially Wan, who has an affinity for the characters, as well as the moviegoers and hence they’re back again!

The Warrens and their relationship will be put to the test as the demonic presence affects the couple as well. This storyline is bound to delve deep into the psyche of the couple and flesh out the characters even further, unlike the one-dimensional horror protagonists these days.

Conjuring 2 is based on true events

Speaking of the Warren duo, the story of The Conjuring 2 is entirely based on ‘real life events’. This time the movie will delve into the Enfield Poltergeist that haunted a suburban home in London in 1977.

The story follows a divorced single mother Margaret Hodgson, who lived with her four children, who is tormented by demonic entities. From beds shaking in the night, knocking sounds across the halls, toys and even Hodgson’s eleven-year-old soaring in the air; the story seems like the perfect sequel to The Conjuring.

The '77 case had fascinated sceptics and believers in London alike for over a year. The fascination will surely continue with the release of The Conjuring 2.

The London film set for The Conjuring 2. Photo: Instagram (@creepypuppet)

Bigger budget, bigger scares

As Wan said in an interview with /Film, “I like the idea of (The Conjuring) opening the doors for more indie filmmakers that have really proven themselves within the indie horror world.” The movie surely opened up the doors for Wan, as the budget for The Conjuring 2 is $40 million, twice the $20 million budget of the first Conjuring movie.

With the scale and high production value of the first flick, one can only wonder how much Wan can achieve with twice the resources. Studio horror films have become increasingly more about profits than about the craft, so if Conjuring 2 delivers a strong plot and an even stronger box office result, it might pave the way for more studio support for better movies in the horror genre.

Madison Wolfe in The Conjuring 2. Photo: Warner Bros

Jumpscares!

Just kidding. But as much as we love to hate the usual horror movie tropes, The Conjuring 2 will be just the flick if you want to get the living daylights scared out of you!

Surely the first part had tropes but there was no denying that it was more performance driven than it was indulgent of classic horror clichés. Conjuring 2 will continue to be reverent of the archetypal characteristics of the genre but the core of the movie will be the intensity and the emotions behind the story.

After questionable releases like The Purge: Election Year, The Darkness and The Other Side of the Door, the horror genre has been lacking this year, but The Conjuring 2 could change this.

With Wan telling Variety that, “There could be many more movies because the Warrens have so many stories,” The Conjuring 2 will also test the waters for the rest of the franchise. So catch the movie in cinemas this week!