by Mica Wilhite
The Conjuring 2 is the sequel to the critically and commercially successful film from 2013 about Christian ghost hunter couple Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) and their experience with the Perron family at their haunted Rhode Island farmhouse. Moviegoers who love to pay to be scared for two hours will certainly be seeing this film, but silver screen aficionados who abhor the horror genre may rightly question if they would enjoy this Hollywood re-telling of the Enfield Poltergiest case. If you fall into the latter category, consider the following.
A Behind the Scenes look at how Janet levitates in front of a camera crew or kitchen drawers being hurled across the room via off camera stage hands might dispel some angst. Knowing that the trailer that shows a room of crucifixes rotating upside down is a fictional part of the story and remembering that the Cross of Saint Peter has not traditionally been considered an anti-Christian symbol could be helpful.
Another consideration could be Director James Wan’s successful spotlighting of the sincere love story between Ed and Lorraine Warren. Audiences will appreciate when Ed impersonates Elvis Presley and serenades the Hodgson family and Lorraine with his rendition of “Can’t Help Falling in Love” It is a touching two minutes in an otherwise tall tale of terror.
Most significantly, though, while The Conjuring 2 is rightly included in the horror genre, some Christian fiction buffs may know that Frank Perreti’s “This Present Darkness” about spiritual warfare, is as well. The movie may well be the most successful faith-based, evangelical movie of the year, according to some secular reviews. Janet Hodgson (Madison Wolfe) is fighting against the ghost of Bill, and most importantly, Lorraine is battling against an inhuman spirit who wants to destroy her husband.
The 134-minute struggle between Lorraine and this evil force is the center of the film. It conjures up biblical parallels of the story of Jesus and Legion. Lorraine must call the dark entity by his name in order to defeat it. Audience members with sharp eyes will see the name written on windows and bookshelves and other places in the movie. But most importantly, Lorraine has been told the name.
The Oscar Best Picture nominee The Exorcist will surely come to mind and cautious Christian consumers might wonder just how much belief to lend to this story of ghosts and demons. Sans spoilers, Luke 22:31-32 is a reassuring reminder. Jesus is speaking to Peter about how Satan had asked for him, but He tells him that He has prayed for him and if he was as week as he fears that he may be, Satan would have had him long ago.
The Conjuring 2 is currently showing at the Marshall Cinema with a R-rating for terror and violence, but notably not for language or sexual content. Call (903) 935-5662 or visit www.Jimplecute1848.com for a full list of show times and make a non-crooked path to see it.
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