The most notable part of the first film to me was the fact that it was a surprisingly human story for a horror film with amazingly well-rounded characters. Ed and Lorraine Warren are further developed in this film, and are developed enough that this film would still work well as a standalone piece. The new characters, the Hodgson family, are also very well-developed despite their flaws. Similarly to the first film, the family in this film is also troubled, which adds a layer of relatability to the characters. The plot is just as formulaic as the first film, but also proposes some very interesting ideas in the process.
Just as the first film, "The Conjuring 2" is also very well-made. The score is great, as is the cinematography. There were much fewer of the stereotypical horror film scare shots and many more shots that seemed focused on building the eerie atmosphere of the film. The production design is also very good, transporting you back to the '70s, when these events were happening. I will say, however, that the special effects for one of the demons are really bad. You will immediately know which one it is when you see it, as it looks ridiculously cartoonish. This is possibly purposeful due to the context of the demon, however I sincerely doubt it.
So overall, I was very pleased with "The Conjuring 2". It was a well-made horror movie with great characters and effective jump cares. If you are a fan of horror films, you should check it out.
The Conjuring 2
Big Tuna's Rating: A-
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: No.