The Conjuring 2 Saturday, 04 April 2020

The Conjuring 2

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong supernatural themes and violence.

  • The pitch:

    Wise men say only fools rush in.

  • Starring:

    Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Madison Wolfe, Frances O'Connor, Lauren Esposito, Benjamin Haigh, Patrick McAuley, Simon McBurney, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Simon Delaney, Franka Potente, Bob Adrian

  • Directed by:

    James Wan

  • Running time:

    134 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Suicide reference (a child moves to leap from a window to certain death). A family is shot/stabbed (flashback). People are throat-grabbed, neck-snapped, run through, levitated, bitten, teleported, terrorised, pushed, possessed by demons, teased by school bullies, shoved, thrown through the air/into objects, grabbed, threatened, lunged at, near-suffocated, pulled under water, scalded, cut by flying glass. A child stubs their toe, a child ties herself to an object, a child has nightmares/falls out of bed, a child speaks in a demonic tongue, a child brandishes a knife. Unexplained banging, thumping, door-slamming, whispering, breathing, noises, whistling, electrical faults. Objects move by themselves, shake violently, shatter. Objects thrown, smashed, axed, slashed, stabbed, hit by lightning, bent. Shadowy apparitions seen. Trashed rooms. Archival footage of riots, armed police, burning/thrown objects. Brutally murdered family mentioned. A man mentions that he was once hit so hard in the face by an object that it drew blood. Screaming, arguing, yelling, roaring, growling. Blood/gore: Slashed side, bloody bullet wounds, blood spatter, nosebleed, slashed face. Burned/reddened/blistered skin. Demons with white eyes, yellow eyes, red eyes, milky eyes, sharp teeth, greying skin, white/pale skin, long creepy fingers, bloody mouth, devil horns. A child appears a little feverish. Frothing at the mouth. Man with breathing mask/tank, breathing difficulties. Blindness, fatal haemorrhage mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    People in sleepwear. Bare back (male). A mother kisses her child on the head. Cheating ex-husband mentioned. A wife says she'll give her husband "something to look forward to when we get home".

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Smoking (cigarettes - including children; pipe). Alcohol (pub setting, beer).

  • LANGUAGE:

    A-word, wanker, bloody, butt. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    The Enfield Poltergeist, Lorraine and Ed Warren, Amityville Horror, demonic possession, single parenting, ouija boards, visions, premonitions, stuttering, bullying, sleepwalking, biscuits, creepy paintings, haunted houses, council housing, hoaxes, skeptics, faith, zoetropes.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Estranged/cheating father/husband, mother in hospital, daughter died in car accident mentioned. Dogs, thunder, lightning. Spitting. Séances. Denture seen. Some fast editing, mid-credits scene. Also known as Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist. Based on a true story.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Excellent, atmospheric, unsettling, unnerving, slow-boiling, smooth, efficient, sophisticated, satisfying, tense, realistic, scary, slick, stylish, suspenseful, solid, smart. Lived-in performances, ace cast, well-drawn characters, crazy-creepy Marilyn Manson-style demon, chilling opening sequence, powerhouse finale, extraordinary production design, authentic period detail, superb camerawork, spine-chilling choral score.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Repetitive, bloated, familiar, exaggerated, sound-stagey. Bad/cheesy/historically inaccurate choice of "London Calling" by the Clash on the 1977 soundtrack, some inconsistent characterisation, unnecessary side-plots.

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