Austin Burke’s review published on Letterboxd:
Ed and Lorraine Warren travel to North London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by a supernatural spirit.
This sequel not only keeps the exact same intense style as the first, but it feels consistent with our main two characters. The Warrens are the main reason why these films work so well; their chemistry and relationship is incredible, and a lot of this is due to the talent of Wilson and Framiga. This is also a testament to James Wan, Chad Hayes, and Carey Hayes. The screenplay is solid from top to bottom, and even though the possession itself may not be as interesting as the buildup that the first gave us, there is plenty here to lock into. The pacing may be slightly lacking compared to what was expected, but the stakes continue to raise as more people doubt the existence of this spirit. Certain scares may also be a bit more predictable compared to the first, but this sequel actually has one or two more effective scares than the first.
The film does lean into the jump scare concept just a bit more, but those jump scares are often so impactful. The main standout is the cinematography, as Wan just knows exactly what to do with the camera at all times. The movements all around the house are haunting, and they mesh with this memorable score so well. This family, while not as interesting from top to bottom, is actually fleshed out just a bit more this time around as well. Wan opted to improve upon a few elements in this sequel, and it really shows. He, and our two leads, are born to live in this universe, and this sequel cements that. The final shoutout goes to Madison Wolfe, as she gives it everything she has. Not only is she compelling as our young girl, but she is extremely convincing when she is possessed. This is a great Horror sequel.
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