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|Originaltitel:||The Conjuring 2|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 134 min.|
|FSK:||From 16 years|
1977: Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga), the best-known investigators of the paranormal, have been the focus of nationwide media attention since the events surrounding the Lutz family in Amityville. But what they experienced in the house has just left its mark on Lorraine. And so she asks her husband not to accept any new cases for the time being. But then comes a request from the Church that they cannot refuse: In British Enfield in North London, single mother Peggy (Frances O`Connor) and her four children are terrorised by a ghost who repeatedly takes possession of little Janet (Madison Wolfe). I want the couple to find out if there really are supernatural forces at work here. Only then would the church intervene with an exorcism to help. It all looks like a routine case - but the demonic power she expects in England will be one of the greatest challenges of her life for Ed and Lorraine…
With "Conjuring - The Visitation" James Wan delivered one of the best and most effective scary films of the last years in 2013. Inspired by true events, the psi thriller about the fight against a demonic plague in a remote farmhouse in Rhode Island earned over $300 million worldwide - with a production budget of just $20 million. After a rather weak (but also successful) spin-off around the obsessed doll "Annabelle", the inevitable sequel after the great success is now coming into our cinemas. It was to be feared that this would only be a tired copy of the original. But with "Conjuring 2" James Wan has delivered a real masterpiece of modern horror cinema that almost plays in a league with classics like "The Exorcist" or "Poltergeist".
The craftsmanship finesse is noticeable right at the beginning. In the first ten minutes the film deals with the story of the house of the Lutz family, which has already been filmed several times as "The Amityville Horror". In this short time Wan succeeds in creating more effective shock moments and a depressing horror atmosphere than the 2005 filming in 89 minutes. However, these events are only the trigger for a completely different story, which more than once makes its audience jump out of the cinema seats in fright. As in Part 1, Wan uses more traditional means to freeze the blood in his audience's veins. Creepy creaking, fearsome voices, ghostly shadows, self-moving things or suddenly appearing grimaces - this is truly more effective than liter of film blood shed in other genre films.
That the two "Conjuring" movies work so well is because Wan doesn't just rely on the creepy elements. The figures and their history are also important to him. He takes his time to develop the characters and also offers small scenes like the one in which Ed sings "Can`t help falling in Love" by Elvis Presley for the children of Peggy. Even if such moments seem to be unimportant for the actual story, they still lead to the fact that the viewer binds himself to the protagonists and feverishes with their fate. Sure, the movie seems to be very long with a running time. However, despite numerous quiet character moments there is never any real boredom, as the threatening basic atmosphere is also maintained here.
In addition, short humorous interludes are allowed, so that the movie never runs the risk of taking itself too seriously. All this results in an absolutely harmonious and gripping overall picture, which is garnished by a handful of great moments of horror. The demon in the shape of a nun, who will soon get his own spin-off, will probably cause some viewers sleepless nights. If you like classic horror and the first "Conjuring" movie, you shouldn't miss this excellent thrill. Also suitable for people who don't have nail scissors at hand, because at the end of the film the fingernails are guaranteed to be nibbled! Absolutely worth seeing!!!
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