The Conjuring 2 ★★

An inversion of all the things that made the first one of the greats: loud and obnoxious where that movie could be quiet and deliberate; overstuffed and obsessed with creating hot new horror mascots. 

Worst of all, it’s just dull, with no real escalation (it’s loud and terrible throughout), and at 2 hours and change, it’s a damned chore.