The Conjuring 2

The demon-hunting adventures of Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) and Ed (Patrick Wilson) Warren continue in the latest old-school spookfest from director James Wan, who after a fast start in the torture-porn game (the Saw franchise) has settled into a thrillingly

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'The Conjuring'

The demon-hunting adventures of Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) and Ed (Patrick Wilson) Warren continue in the latest old-school spookfest from director James Wan, who after a fast start in the torture-porn game (the Saw franchise) has settled into a thrillingly macabre mode. The Warrens, paranormal investigators extraordinaire coming off a noted experience in Amityville, head to Enfield, England to face off against a poltergeist that has latched on to a single mother and her hapless family. Wan has proven quite adept at using all narrative and framing devices at his disposal to tease and coax any kind of emotional response from audiences, conjuring substantial box office clout along the way, and he’s aided here by a pair of real professionals in Farmiga and Wilson, who have found characters worth inhabiting, seemingly for the long haul. The Conjuring 2 is a deliciously slow-building affair that comes on strong at the end because Wan makes sure we are as invested as humanly possible in his characters. (Opens wide Friday) (R) Grade: B+

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