Continuing on from the 2013 hit, this sequel blends fact and fiction to follow real-life ghostbusters Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) from the 1976 Amityville haunting to an encounter with the Enfield poltergeist in 1977 London. Filmmaker James Wan continues to deploy every cinematic gimmick he knows to freak out the audience, and the fact that it's based on a true story makes it even more unsettling. Although the cliches of the genre feel a bit tired.
The story opens in Amityville, where the Warrens are deeply disturbed by supernatural forces and decide to take some time off. But they're soon summoned to England to help a family being terrorised by a nasty spirit. Arriving in Enfield, North London, they meet Peggy Hodgson (Frances O'Connor), a plucky single mother of four, who is worried that the ghost of an angry old man is threatening her 11-year-old daughter Janet (Madison Wolfe). Now staying with neighbours (Simon Delaney and Maria Doyle Kennedy) across the street, Peggy has also called in two experts, a true believer (Simon McBurney) and a sceptic (Franka Potente), to work with the Warrens to clear this malevolent presence from the family home.
While the script inventively intermingles the facts of the case with a generous dose of movie fiction, Wan fills the screen with all kinds of creepy goings-on, including banging noises, levitating furniture and flickering TV screens. Additional standard scares include a nerve-jangling toy and a seriously scary nun (who's about to get her own spin-off film, like the creepy doll Annabelle from the first movie). Wan also uses manipulative movie trickery from moody music to grubby production design to prowling camerawork that constantly reveals something frightening in the deep shadows. What he never does is find a new way to scare the audience: we have seen all of these tricks before, but of course they still work.
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Meanwhile, 'Warcraft' was a bit of a disaster.
Despite lukewarm reviews (at least in comparison to the critical acclaim of the first movie), James Wan's horror sequel 'The Conjuring 2' easily came out on top in the weekend's (June 10th-12th) box office numbers, almost doubling the gross total of number two 'Warcraft' which hasn't seen the domestic success to match its hype.
The Conjuring 2 has smashed the box office
The return of Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson as ghosthunters Ed and Lorraine Warren in this re-telling of the Enfield Poltergeist case was met warmly by critics, but the lack of slow-burning horror and surge of cheap jump-scares left people feeling a little disappointed. Nonetheless, it has a respectable 75% on Rotten Tomatoes and now it has the domestic box office figures to match.
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Not as good as the first film, but critics are still wanting more.
'The Conjuring 2' always had a lot to live up to after the original film in 2013; how was James Wan going to scare his audience with his next Ed and Lorraine Warren case? As it turns out, the new movie has much less of that slow-burning dread about it and a lot more cheap 'BOO!' moments. But that doesn't mean the critics didn't love it.
'The Conjuring 2' isn't as much of a slow-burner as its predecessor
Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson return in this fictional re-telling of The Enfield Poltergiest; a true story of a family in London back in the 70s who were terrorized by a number of malevolent spirits, all centering around one of the daughters, Janet. It's a very meticulously recorded case, so there was a lot of source material to take from - but the 133 minutes of movie that came out of it was always going to be controversial.
James Wan , Ingrid BIsu - 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival 'The Conjuring 2' premiere at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX - Arrivals at TCL Chinese Theater IMAX, Los Angeles Film Festival - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 7th June 2016
James Wan, Vera Farmiga , Patrick Wilson - 2016 CinemaCon Warner Bros Pictures Red Carpet Arrivals at Caesar's Palace Resort and Casino at Caesars Palace - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Wednesday 13th April 2016
Not fazed by their previous experiences, Lorraine and Ed Warren are still successful paranormal investigators and their reputations have made them known around the world. As they hunt for new cases to investigate they decide to travel to England, Enfield just outside London to help a single mother and her children who are being haunted by a nasty spirit.
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Following news of ‘The A-Team’ reboot, is ‘MacGyver’ the next classic series to be brought back?
The recent run of old TV shows being resurrected is continuing, as CBS are reportedly planning to bring back 80s series ‘MacGyver’, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The action series originally ran from 1985-1992 and starred Richard Dean Anderson as secret agent Angus MacGyver.
Richard Dean Anderson starred as 'MacGyver' in the orignal series.
According to THR, the reboot is described as a reimagining of the original series and will follow a 20-something MacGyver who ‘gets recruited into a clandestine organisation where he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help prevent disasters from happening’.
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James Wan for 'Aquaman'? Sounds good to us.
James Wan is to direct Aquaman for Warner Bros, while Kurt Johnstad - best known for penning 300 - will write the script. The superhero movie stars Jason Momoa as the serpine superhero, with Charles Roven, Debora Snyder and Zack Synder producing.
James Wan is to direct Aquaman for Warner Bros after the huge success of Furious Seven
In announcing the news, Warner Bros also released the first plot summary of the film, which follows Aquaman, the King of the Seven Seas and the ruler of Atlantis, caught between a surface world constantly ravaging the sea and Atlanteans looking to lash out in revolt.
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Instead of wrapping up a trilogy, writer-turned-director Leigh Whannell launches a new horror franchise with a movie that's scary even if it's not particularly original. Its trump card is a strong central performance from the wonderful Lin Shaye, who plays out a sort of origin story (although they could still go back further) for her memorable character from the first two movies.
She's Elise, a medium in touch with the spirits of the dead, and as this story starts she's closed down her practice for good. Then the bright teenager Quinn (Sophie Scott) shows up, desperate to speak to her recently deceased mother while she makes important decisions as high school comes to an end. But Quinn has inadvertently made contact with a much more malevolent spirit in her apartment building, and when her father (Dermot Mulroney) realises that her life is in danger, he convinces Elise to help. Meanwhile, Quinn's little brother Alex (Tate Berney) gets in touch with Spectral Sightings internet ghostbusters Tucker and Specs (Angus Sampson and Whannell), who are about to see their first real ghost.
The film looks terrific, from the everyday creep-outs in the creeky old houses and apartments to the much darker atmosphere of "the further", which Elise has to enter in order to rescue Quinn from "the man who can't breathe" (Michael Reid MacKay), a seriously gruesome spirit who isn't content just haunting the living: he wants them to join him. Shaye delivers a performance that's unusually complex for this genre, as Elise struggles to balance her past and present with a flood of emotions, a reluctant determination to help and a generous sense of prickly humour. Mulroney also adds some weight as a concerned single dad at the end of his tether. And Scott has a promising charisma in the opening scenes, less so when the plot reduces her to a scream queen.
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James Wan - A host of stars were snapped as they attended the world premiere of "Furious 7" which was at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 1st April 2015
James Wan - A host of stars were snapped as they attended the world premiere of "Furious 7" which was at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 2nd April 2015
The sins of London have followed them home. After throwing Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) out of a cargo plane, his brother, Ian Shaw (Jason Statham), is out for revenge. When Shaw kills Han Seoul-Oh (Sung Kang) in a brutal car-crash, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) are forced back behind the wheel for one last ride, in order to find the man who killed their friend before he can get to them. This investigation will see the team dropping their cars out of planes and driving between buildings to prove that they are the Furious 7.
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The franchise will continue and it will be in cinemas in April, 2015
Fast & Furious 7 is definitely still happening, and if Vin Diesel's Facebook account is to be believed, then it will be here by next spring. The star of the franchise took to his Facebook page late on Sunday, 22 December, night to leave a tribute for deceased star Paul Walker, before eventually revealing the release details for the upcoming film.
Walker and Diesel were set to star together once again
F&F7 will arrive in cinemas on 10, April, 2015, according to the Facebook post, after production was put on hold. Filming for the next instalment of the F&F series had been put on hold indefinitely following the untimely death of star Paul Walker on 30 November, however Universal decided to go ahead with the filming when writer Chris Morgan and director James Wan, apparently, devised a plot eventuality where they can retire Walker's character from the series using scenes already shot. The film was initially due to be released on 11 July, 2014.
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