Director: James Wan. Cast: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Madison Wolfe, Frances O'Connor. 134 min. Rated R. Horror.
The first Conjuring was interesting: the case files of a real-life ghost-hunting couple. Then in the sequel, you say your movie is based on a true story, but take so many ferocious liberties in exaggerating it, the numbed viewer doesn't know what to believe. In effect, an engaging Amityville haunting opening, followed by a re-telling of the Enfield Haunting, "the most witnessed poltergeist case in history", just becomes another horror movie filled with numerous predictable screaming shock-shots. Compared to the better-documented (but dull) TV movie, Conjuring 2 makes you wish creepier, more effective horror movies like The Witch were around.