The Conjuring 2 (Wan 2016)

The Conjuring 2 (Wan 2016)

Episode 100!!! We are more in love with horror now than when we started. We are looking forward to the next 100. We hope you join us for the ride. Safety in numbers!

More of what you Wan! The Conjuring 2 is the film for this week’s episode. Wan is one of the most accomplished horror filmmakers of the 21st century and of all time. He has established multiple horror film universes. The Conjuring is a phenomenal scary film. Please go back and listen to our episode where we discuss it. However, the more we scrutinize his films in terms of ideology, the more toxic them seem to get. Laura even manages to tie the film back to the ideological aspects of Harry Potter! Listen to find out how.

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TOPIC INDEX – The Conjuring 2  (Wan 2016) (times are approximate) 

0:30 – Introductions
3:15 – Movie discussion begins
3:15 – overall thoughts without spoilers
9:00 – spoilers begin
9:00 – the success of the Conjuring universe
13:30 – Conjuring context
17:00 – doubling down and superceding the Church
18:00 – U.S. christian disregard for the Church

18:45 – plot and haunting or possession films as detective stories
23:30 – the nun
26:00 – religion and free will
27:30 – Sociology moment – Weber – Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
29:00 – Christianity in the film
31:00 – Compared to The Conjuring
34:30 – More Christianity in the film
39:30 – evolution of the genre
42:00 – belief
43:30 – crisis of faith and proselytizing
45:00 – obfuscatory narratives
49:00 – anticipating skeptics
56:00 – geography of hauntings
59:00 – SEM status and class
1:04:00 – gender
1:12:45 – children
1:19:00 – sociology moment – horror and symbolic interaction
1:21:00 – reification

1:26:00 – grading the film using the Collective Nightmares Evolving Rubric of Social Responsibility
1:13:45 – credits

Related Episodes
Saw (Wan 2004)
The Conjuring (Wan 2016)
Insidious (Wan 2010)

Related Films

The Nun (Hardy 2018)
The Amityville Horror (Rosenburg 1979)


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