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The Conjuring 2: Less-shocking frightener still chills

By: - Writing Editor
/ 12:03 AM June 20, 2016
PATRICK Wilson and Vera Farmiga in “Conjuring 2”

PATRICK Wilson and Vera Farmiga in “Conjuring 2”

Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga return as beleaguered ghost-investigating spouses Ed and Lorraine Warren in “The Conjuring 2,” a competently made, if less-frightening sequel to the 2013 film.

Supposedly based on true accounts, this second part brings them to London, where they encounter a series of supernatural activities in a family’s home.

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The James Wan film recaptures the stark, spooky coldness that made its predecessor memorable, and reestablishes the strong rapport between the loving, oft-traumatized couple, who are especially tangible, thanks to the thespic powerhouse tag team of Wilson and Farmiga.

Also contributing significantly are Frances O’Connor, who plays a single mother, Peggy, and Madison Wolfe, who plays her possessed daughter, Janet.

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Looking like the offspring of “The Exorcist” and “Ringu,” this installment spooks and freaks in anticipated junctures—but it still manages to deliver heart-pounding sequences.

Design-wise, it’s hit and miss—while one specter looks like a vampire nun (which, like the doll in “Annabelle,” will have its own spin-off film), another apparition bafflingly looks a lot like Jack Skellington from “Nightmare Before Christmas.” It’s shocking, but not exactly in a good way.

The hit “Conjuring” series of films, regardless, can still introduce other bogeymen, if the Warrens’ many “souvenirs” from other hauntings are any indication.

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