It’s Oren Loni’s opinion that the best place to watch horror movies is in the movie theatre. However, that being said, if you’re a fan of the genre like Oren Loni is, Then it’s best to assume it’s in your best interest to pick up the dvd’s of your favorite horror movies, especially if that particular movie happens to be part of a series. That way, you can set aside an entire night and treat yourself to a horror movie marathon. And, as I’ve recently discovered, the Annabelle series is perfect for just such a marathon.
When it first came out, I saw the Conjuring in theatres and absolutely loved it. I think it’s pretty darn close to a perfect horror movie. Than for some reason I completely missed that a Conjuring 2 had been made and never managed to see the first Annabelle movie.
Last weekend, I not only bought a ticket to watch Annabelle 2, I also bought the dvd’s and settled in for an Oren Loni horror movie marathon.
Oren Loni’s Summery of The Conjuring 2
Conjuring 2 doesn’t exactly pick up where The Conjuring left off, but it does allow us to become reacquainted with demon hunters and exorcist experts, Ed and Lorraine Warren (played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga.) In this particular movie, they’ve been called in to investigate a series of murders. The main reason they’ve been requested is because it just happens that Lorraine has a highly specialized skill. She’s able to connect with and communicate with the supernatural. Doing this allows her to experience an out of body experience and reach Demon Nun (played by Bonnie Aarons.) Not only does this Demon Nun set up some pretty chilling scenarios, she also foretells that Ed Warren’s days amongst the living are numbered.
The film moves onto England were a single mother (played by Francis O’Conner) is struggling to raise 4 children. Janet (played by Madison Wolfe) is her daughter and has recently been possessed by a spirit named Bill Wilkins (played by Bob Adrian.) And, the since the writers apparently decided that wasn’t scary enough, crosses become inverted and there’s the Crooked Man visions. It’s up to the Warrens to prevent the situation from becoming another Amityville murders.
Oren Loni’s Thoughts Regarding The Conjuring 2
While I don’t think that The Conjuring 2 is quite as good as The Conjuring, I still think it’s an excellent film. The film work is amazing. There’s no shortage of forced POV shots and other camera tricks, each one designed to send shivers racing up and down your spine. I can’t get over how magnificently the film crew managed to create a truly frightening atmosphere without going over the top.
The biggest difference for me between the Conjuring and the Conjuring 2 is the characters. While the Warrens are quite complex, it doesn’t seem like much time was devoted to developing the secondary characters. The good news is that the acting pool on this particular movie is strong enough that most of the actors put in some truly good performances and were able to redeem characters that would have otherwise been cardboardish and generic.
All in all, this is a really good film and I’m happy to finally have a copy of it in my collection.