The Conjuring 2 (2016) – 7/10
James Wan knows what scares you.
Darker than dark corners; moldy, chipping paint and decaying armchair; flooded basement; creaky stairs; dingy walls – this is public housing. Does that mean the family isn’t supposed to clean it or report maintenance issues?
Are they just asking for a supernatural visitation of the most evil kind? Or is their fate aligned with the demon – they are all vulnerable and isolated. There is the obligatory child sized tent – a portal for the demon to harass the nerves.
Imagery is muted colours and decrepit surroundings – perfect place for co-habitation – demon and human. The crooked man. Tension builds to an almost unbearable level- ‘don’t go down there alone!’
Warrens – nice to see their relationship develop a bit more. They are really driven and brave. Strengths – ability, trust, determination, love, fatalistic.