Okay, it didn’t actually suck. Completely, anyway.
I did not particularly care for the Saw franchise. I did not really like the Insidious franchise. Maybe I am not a James Wan fan… I loved The Conjuring so much I thought we were turning over a new leaf in modern horror. (See the relevant paragraph here.) But I am beginning to think it was a fluke. Everywhere The Conjuring succeeded this sequel fails. It does not feel real. It moves too fast. It is predictable. And worst of all, it focuses on SPOILER ALERT
Spoilers ahead, read at your own risk.
That stupid witch/demon whatever it is from Insidious, who is only mildly scary due in no small measure to the fact we always see her/it/whatever. There is nothing scarier than an imagined, unseen monster/threatening presence/etc. This is part of the success of the original The Conjuring (and the first two Paranormal Activity films). We see very little, particularly early on. There is only a feeling, a presence, the effects of evil, but no visual enemy to get sensitized to and eventually get tired of seeing on screen. Had I known this film was a blending of the Insidious and The Conjuring franchises I may have been less inclined to waste my money seeing it in the theater. It just wasn’t particularly scary. The mood wasn’t creepy enough. The story was all over the place – Amityville, Enfield, the astral plane, hell, where ever – no one loves a complex plot or interrelated plots more than I do, but this was just toss it at the wall and see what sticks. Maybe I am being too harsh, but honestly I think this was sellout payme work. This film just isn’t up to the calibre of its predecessor by any stretch.
Having said that, it wasn’t the worst horror film ever and it was even enjoyable to some degree. Just lower your expectations (more) (a bit more still) and it won’t be a complete waste of your time and money. Or just wait for it on Netflix.