First off, I love Lorraine Warren and her husband, Bill. They were the only people outside of Catholic Priests who could perform exorcisms. The Conjuring movies are based on their work. I'm sure it's loosely based, but whatever, I love them because I know good triumphs over evil and I love hearing Jesus' Name as the answer to evil. How many horror movies offer that? Maybe "The Exorcist" does, but I've never seen that movie, nor will I. I know the stories of the Conjuring movies from reading and from the BBC production of "The Endfield Haunting."
No one would go see it with me. I whined to my son Jonah (who is in Japan.) The last time, his best friend's girlfriend went with me. This time, he arranged for his friend from the foothills to come down and babysit me. What was funny is that when we got in there to see it, there were about 20 people in the theater, and they were all bunched together. Like, NO ONE wanted to sit alone in that movie, so I felt better about enlisting Chris. I also prayed over him and myself before we went in, but I didn't tell him that. I did have to lean over and tell him that Bill Warren doesn't die until later in life, so he was safe. After that, he calmed down.
But it was scary. For me, it was much scarier than the first one, but I loved it. I could have done without the violence from the first story (Amityville Horror) but I closed my eyes for that part. Is that a spoiler? I hope not, but that part was dark. I do love that at the end of the "Conjuring" movies, you get to see pictures (and this time, hear tapes) of the real people and case. It's fascinating, and it upsets your world just that much more before you leave the theater.
Then, today my daughter forced me to see "The Shallows." She literally would not let up and allow me to work, so I finally went to the first showing of the shark movie. It was stupid, but it was fun, too. I don't regret going. Some great jump scares. I close my eyes whenever I see blood, so if there was some ugly scenes, I can't tell you. I can tell you that Blake Lively looks amazing in a bikini and her shark has evolved to the point of being a fantasy super villain. But still, it was fun. An excellent delivery system for popcorn.
FYI, the worst part of seeing any scary movie for me, is the trailers. They're terrifying, and I don't want to be terrified by movies that I will not see.
Now, I'm ready to go back to my regularly-scheduled life of BBC costume productions. BTW, Frances O'Connor, who is my favorite "Madame Bovary" was the mother in "The Conjuring 2." Added bonus -- apparently, she could have met the family involved, but didn't want it to taint her performance, so she didn't.
She's also Fanny in "Mansfield Park."