The Conjuring was one of my favorite films of 2013 and remains a genuine contender for one of the best horror movies of the past decade. At the time, it felt like a summation of everything director James Wan had accomplished until that point: it was a clever crowdpleaser filled with scares, but it was also character-driven and classy, recalling an age where horror movies didn’t have to appeal to the lowest common denominator.
The Conjuring 2 ranked high on my most anticipated films of 2016 list and my faith was not displaced. Although not quite as good as the first film, this is one of the best horror sequels ever made, capturing what made the first movie so special and sprinting with it. With Wan taking another break from horror to make Aquaman, this is a perfect and fitting a tribute to the genre that made his career, a gift to people who like horror movies with a little bit of ambition. Let’s take a closer look at what makes The Conjuring 2 work so well…and what holds it back from being as good as the first one. SPOILERS ahead.
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In 2013, James Wan directed his most successful and critically acclaimed horror film, The Conjuring. Instead of rushing a sequel to a start date, all involved waited for Wan — a filmmaking machine who has had four features come out in the last three years — to come back for the sequel, which sees the return of paranormal investigators Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga). This time, the couple venture overseas for the Enfield Haunting.
At the press day for The Conjuring 2, Wan discussed with us his career, the pace of the film, working with kid actors, and more. We began our conversation with Wan discussing a striking long take in the sequel, in which Ed communicates with an evil spirit, Old Bill. It’s the kind of seamless long take you don’t know is a long take until it’s over. Below, read our James Wan interview.
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This summer James Wan is bringing plenty of horror to theaters. Lights Out with Teresa Palmer arrives in July to make sure you’re scared of the dark all over again. But before that, the filmmaker is behind the camera again for The Conjuring 2, the sequel to his successful horror flick about the real paranormal investigations of Ed and Lorraine Warren.
This time the terror comes from across the pond with the events known as the “strange happenings in Enfield,” and a new featurette focuses on the victims of the real haunting that inspires the film. In addition, the real Lorraine Warren talks about their experience with this particular case. Watch The Conjuring 2 featurette after the jump. Read More »
After delivering a dose of horror for the summer back in 2013 with The Conjuring, director James Wan is back with the sequel, and if the new trailer is any indicator, this looks like one of the most intense hauntings that the genre has ever seen.
Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga are back as paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, and this time they’re going across the pond to check out what many have referred to as England’s Amityville, where a single mother and her children are being terrified over and over again by dark forces. It’s like The Exorcist on steroids.
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After making a comfortable home at Netflix for his series Derek, British comedian Ricky Gervais is bringing an original comedy feature to the streaming service with Special Correspondents. In what feels like a Tropic Thunder meets Wag the Dog kind of story, Gervais plays a sound engineer who teams up with a radio journalist (Eric Bana) to fake a report from the front line of a war in Ecuador. But when they’re believed to be missing in the country, they end up having to actually go to Ecuador so their deception isn’t discovered.
The first Special Correspondents trailer has arrived, and while it doesn’t seem quite as hilarious as I was hoping, there are a few laughs to be had. Watch it below. Read More »
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The Conjuring 2 mostly takes place in in Enfield, London, but that’s not where we travelled to visit the set of director James Wan‘s horror sequel. On this day in the schedule, the shoot was in Santa Clarita, CA — an unmistakable double for Enfield, London. Working not too far from the Warner Bros. lot, on a soundstage, the crew built the kind of basement you expect to see in a horror movie: dark, wet, and dangerous.
But, hopefully, like the first film, The Conjuring 2 isn’t the kind of movie we expect.
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There was a lot of skepticism going into A&E’s Bates Motel. “Who wants to see a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock‘s classic? Why do we need to see Norman Bates’ origin story? How can this sustain itself for five or more seasons?” The show ultimately proved to be a success with viewers. However, after season one, it’s struggled to prove those skeptics wrong.
Bates Motel returns this March. Watch the Bates Motel season 4 teaser trailer.
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Posted on Thursday, January 7th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
When The Conjuring originally opened in 2013, I couldn’t help but feel a little guilty placing it on my top ten of the year. After all, horror fans can be a desperate lot – we see something passable in an ocean of junk and latch on to it like it’s the second coming. As much as I loved James Wan‘s creepy, classy, and perfectly assembled haunted house movie, I was worried it wasn’t going to stand the test of time. I was worried that repeat viewings would reveal it to be something interesting but lackluster, a well-executed but empty experience.
Boy, was I wrong. Several years later, the first trailer for The Conjuring 2 is here and I have enough viewings of the first movie under my belt to know that this is the sequel to one of the best horror movies of the millennium. The second cinematic adventure of real-life paranormal researchers Ed and Lorraine Warren already has a place on my list of most anticipated movies of 2016.
Watch the Conjuring 2 trailer after the jump.
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Last spring, Netflix picked up a new comedy feature from comedian Ricky Gervais, the creator of The Office, Extras and the Netflix series Derek. Now it’s hitting the streaming service this year. Special Correspondents is written and directed by Gervais, who also stars in the film with Eric Bana and Vera Farmiga, and some new photos from the film have arrived along with an official release date for the comedy. Get the details below! Read More »