The Conjuring 2 Blu-ray Review

It’s the weekend and what better way to enjoy it than with a late night horror film. I loved the first of The Conjuring films so now it’s time to take a look at the sequel on Blu-ray. It’s time for The Conjuring 2 Blu-ray review. Will you be watching it this weekend?

  • The Conjuring 2 Blu-ray Review (2016)
  • Running Time: 134 Mins
  • Blu-ray Released: 17th October 2016
  • UK Rating 12
  • Discs: 1
  • Released By Warner Bros
Plot

The film starts showing the Warren’s (Paranormal investigators) at the The Amityville house. Lorraine Warren is attempting to find out if a malevolent spirit was indeed responsible for the killings. However The Conjuring 2 is not about that story, it is in fact about The Enfield Case in England.

This is all based on alleged true events during 1977 Enfield, England. A seemingly normal family, the Hodgson’s consisting of four children and single mother Peggy, begin to experience strange goings on. Well to begin with its only Janet the second oldest of the children. In fact not only is she experiencing strange phenomena but she seems to be the centre of the evil emanating from the house.

As news of the strange goings on spreads the Hodgson’s find themselves at the centre of a media circus. With the Church reluctant to become involved word spreads to America and the Church  requests the help of paranormal investigators the Warrens. They want them to go to England and find out if this case is real or merely a hoax.

Upon arriving in England they decide to stay at the alleged haunted home to experience it firsthand. Things soon begin to happen, might it all just be the hoax as many experts claim?

You will need to watch the film to find out…

The Conjuring 2 Blu-ray ReviewWritten by Chad Hayes, Carey W. Hayes, James Wan.

Style / Direction

Just as the first film director James Wan nails the art of horror storytelling. It’s still the seventies but this time we’re in England giving a completely different feel and look.

The art here is to half show something giving you that feeling something’s in the room with you but never really seeing it. This works perfectly but the key to pulling this off is to get the pacing right. The story needs to build slowly but without stalling and becoming mere padding and Wan is again spot on.

The camera shots are simply perfect for the genre and a huge amount of praise should go to the cinematography provided by Don Burgess. The way in which he manages to make the film look like a rather depressing 1970s London set in winter is exceptional well done.

As I said in my review of the first film it’s good to see a director make a truly stylish horror instead of some of the general rubbish churned out recently.

The cinematography is by Don Burgess.

Music / Audio Effects

Again the music is excellent providing tension when needed and sheer horror when all hell breaks loose.

The music is provided by Joseph Bishara.

Acting / Characters

The Warren’s are again played by the same actors from the first film, Vera Farmiga as Lorraine Warren and Patrick Wilson as Ed Warren.

They really do help to make the film plausible and are characters you have genuine affection for.

The actors playing the Hodgson family all do a decent enough job with Frances O’Connor as single mother Peggy holding the family together rather well but in a believable way.

However I suppose the stand out performance goes to the Madison Wolfe who plays Janet and in which the film centres. She has a lot to do from being a young innocent schoolgirl to being possessed by some demonic presence. All of which she plays very well and really adds to the enjoyment of this rather special horror sequel.

Conclusion – The Conjuring 2 Film Review

If you loved the first film then I would be really surprised if you didn’t love The Endfield Case / Haunting as I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The change of country helps to keep it fresh and not just another retelling of a similar story, which it is. I liked the way the Warren’s story and the Hodgson’s run in parallel for half of the film until they eventually merge into one. It’s all very well directed acted and generally put together.

The Conjuring 2 is another stylishly made horror from director James Wan

The Conjuring 2 Blu-ray Review

As you would expect from a 2016 film on Blu-ray it looks simply amazing, but just what do you get in terms of extras?

Extras
  • The Enfield Poltergeist: Living the Horror
  • Crafting The Conjuring 2
  • Creating Crooked
  • The Conjuring 2: Hollywood’s Haunted Stage
  • The Sound of Scary
  • Deleted Scenes

To be honest a rather nice set of extras providing enough insight into the filmmaking aspects such as direction, cinematography and acting. Plus a little background into the real events that the film is based on from family members. It’s certainly worth a look.Recommended Films

On to my movie rating for The Conjuring 2 (2016)

  • Movie Rating: RECOMMENDED / MUST SEE
  • Blu-ray: EXCELLENT
  • Extras:   GOOD

 


The Conjuring 2 (2016) is available now on Blu-ray priced £8.99 from Amazon (as of date of review)

For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster with trailer…

Clip not representative of the Blu-ray version

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The Conjuring 2 Blu-ray Review (2016)

Director(s): James Wan

Actor(s): Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Frances O'Connor, Madison Wolfe, Simon McBurney, Franka Potente

Genre: Horror

  • Movie Rating
  • Blu-ray Rating
5

Summary

The Conjuring 2 is another stylishly made horror from director James Wan

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