Before reading – be aware of that this review might contain spoilers!
By Sean Ferguson – September 13, 2016
I have to give up props to Director James Wan for taking this story and not chopping it down to a cheesy 90-minute scare-gag fest with cats jumping out to scare teenagers.
Let me preface this with a note to all who are reading this: I am not a fan of the Horror Movie Genre. The idea of getting scared in a theater because of a made up ghost or “presence” is ridiculous! I also find it amazing that people shell out $12/$15 to have a cat or something jump into the screen, so they can scream like a teenage girl (unless you’re a teenage girl which go right ahead!) I really don’t get it. Especially when the storylines are so incredibly weak! But what I do get is the BIG money being made on horror films! Don’t Breathe has grossed almost $67 million this week and barely cost $10 million to make! The Conjuring 2 (which I’m about to review) cost $40 million to make and grossed over $319 million worldwide!! This explains why there are 6 Paranormal Activity movies! But why? You can’t tell me you believe in this stuff, cause if you do, how could you ever sleep ever again?
Which leads me to this week’s release of The Conjuring 2 on Blu-ray! Like I said before, I’m not a horror fan, but there is one reason why I agreed to sit to take the 134 minutes out of my life, and that reason is Oscar Nominated Actress Vera Farmiga. Granted, Vera Farmiga for the last few years has cemented herself in the iconic role of Norma Bates in the TV series Bates Motel, but what drives an actress to a horror film, let alone a SEQUEL Horror film? I had to find out for myself.
As I dimmed the lights in my living room, the Warner Brothers logo turned slowly into the New Line Cinema logo on my TV. I sat back, grabbed my pen and pad to write notes on, and as Vera Farmiga (who plays Lorraine Warren) starts talking, the camera backs up, showing the view is from the windows of the Amityville house. A story all too well known, especially if you grew up in the North! Lorraine Warren & Ed, her husband (played by Patrick Wilson) are trying to contact the demonic presence in the house. While reenacting the murders, she follows the vision of a boy who leads her to the demon in charge, a creepy nun, who startles the crap out of Lorraine.
Written by Jared Mobarak on September 10, 2016
Many films deal with the aftermath of a family death by becoming about how their characters live with the pain — it changing them into different people. Some distinctly show them living despite it instead. Rather than depict Connor (Marton Csokas) and Alise (Vera Farmiga) as the death of their baby girl just ten months prior consumes them, Jordan Roberts’ Burn Your Maps portrays their desire to move on after their transformations are complete. They’re searching for a future they hope exists but cannot yet see. They’ve dealt with grief already (at least they’re frustrated enough to believe they have), so now it’s time to embrace the life that remains. While their son Wes (Jacob Tremblay) readies for what this entails, we’re still uncertain if they are too.
But don’t think this story is one steeped in heavy drama from start to finish without room to breathe. Roberts’ script — written from an original idea by Robyn Joy Leff — is also very funny. Even though Connor and Alise experience some intense battles with their psychiatrist (Valerie Planche’s Maureen) about intimacy, emotional struggle, and patience, there’s enough of a sense of humor to also laugh at their shrink’s inability to wear shoes. And while they deal with their new selves reacclimating to each other and what it means for them as a couple, Wes follows suit. He’s not romantically involved or saddled with a job and responsibilities, though. All he has is his identity, one that’s failing courtesy of the massive turmoil surrounding him. It’s time to escape.
Fresh off the success of his shark thriller THE SHALLOWS, director Jaume Collet-Serra is moving on to his fourth collaboration with Liam Neeson, a Hitchcockian thriller called THE COMMUTER.
Said to be in the vein of Hitchcock’s STRANGERS ON A TRAIN, THE COMMUTER was written by Philip de Blasi and Byron Willinger. It tells the story of
a mysterious woman that makes an offer to an insurance salesman to uncover the identity of a passenger before the train’s last stop.
Neeson will be playing the salesman, and the supporting cast is set to include a pair of actors whose presence will likely give horror fans’ interest in this project a substantial boost: THE CONJURING and THE CONJURING 2 stars Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, who displayed fantastic chemistry in those haunted house films, will be reuniting to co-star in THE COMMUTER.
Farmiga will be playing the mysterious woman whose request gets the thriller rolling, while Wilson will be playing the saleman’s trusted friend who helps him along the way. This makes it certain that I will be watching this movie, if just to see Wilson and Farmiga share the screen again.
The cast will also include Sam Neill, Elizabeth McGovern, and Jonathan Banks.
Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman are producing THE COMMUTER, which Lionsgate will be releasing into theatres on October 13, 2017.
Collet-Serra and Neeson previously worked together on UNKNOWN, NON-STOP, and RUN ALL NIGHT.
While screaming and shouting are common when it comes to watching horror movies, a different scenario broke out when it was reported that audience members watching “The Conjuring 2” erupted in violence.
“The Conjuring 2” has now been pulled from a number of French cinemas after reports of loud yelling, hysterical laughter and violent altercations between audience members broke out.
The film, which stars Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as paranormal investigators focused on solving a particular case, was removed from the releasings on the same day it was released in Paris. According to reports, the reason it was pulled out was because the cinemas wanted to “ensure the safety of staff and customers”.
It was unclear how it all started but there was a massive brawl that happened at the MK2 Bastille theater after a group of audience members were annoyed by another group that was screaming at something on screen. The annoyance was described in detail because the former team screamed at the slightest movements which were not even scary. The little annoying things bothered the other group of movie-goers so much that they confronted them. But reports indicated that this was not an isolated event and there are other cinemas that also broke out in violence.
Scary movie star Vera Farmiga has spoken about the real life haunting in her family. The Conjuring 2 actor says her relatives’ spooky encounters mean she takes the paranormal very seriously.
“I have never had any weird experiences myself and I never want to have any, because I don’t want to have that torment in my life,” says Vera. “But I have family members who have had profound experiences with the other realm, which has made me open to the idea that there is something beyond the world as we understand it.”
“The Conjuring 2” hit theaters on June 10 and it appears that director James Wan already has a story idea for the third sequel. The first installment of the supernatural horror film franchise was released on July 19, 2013.
“They do have a lot of stories,” Wan told IGN referring to real-life paranormal investigators Ed Warren and Lorraine Warren, who are played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga in the films. “So I think, organically, if we’re lucky enough to tell future chapters, there’s a lot of stuff we could be pulling from.”
Wan admitted that he has a particular case in mind for future installments but he refused to give details. However, he said “The Conjuring 3” should be set in the 1980s as the first two installments are both set in the 1970s.
“The Conjuring 2” was written by Rachel Hyland, David Leslie Johnson, Carey Hayes and Chad Hayes. It has earned more than $188 million across the globe.
On Sept. 21, 2015, principal photography for “The Conjuring 2” started in Los Angeles, California. In a recent interview with Telegraph, Farmiga explained that there is a whole process that takes place after they wrap, which she said is where Wan makes his mark as a filmmaker.