I have to hand it to James Wan. The man knows how to shoot movie scenes.
You almost always get into the exact mood that he wants you to get into while watching a particular segment made by him, no matter how unbelievably cheesy the story-line.
What's more admirable is the fact that Wan achieves this without employing any fancy gimmick. No CGI spectacle here.
And certainly no Del Toro-esque creature art to grab ones attention.
A simple combination of long takes, subtle variation in colour and lighting, a constantly gliding camera, an eerie score, above average to good acting and- last but not the least- fantastic prop placement is what does it.
Good old filmmaking techniques used to maximum effect.
But this time around the story was- for lack of a better expression- too *bleh* to keep me hooked.
More than one jump scare, yes. And perfectly executed as well.
But unlike part one, this one failed to scare the crap out of me, which I mostly didn't mind, but also missed, in a sick sorta way.
Definitely worth a watch though.
To my misfortune, the theatre I saw it first in was fully packed and made me instantly regret the decision to pick a crowded hall and show.
Some people start up conversations or just laugh and are too fucking dumb to understand that its fucking irresponsible and even more fucking irritating.
Three out of five.
Catch trailer here: