Hollywood flicks take over Philippine cinemas today with two sequels of blockbuster hits in the horror and mystery genres.
Best way to watch ‘Conjuring 2’
Warner Bros. announced Monday that horror thriller The Conjuring 2 will have special midnight screenings on Thursday morning, June 9 at 12:01 a.m. in selected theaters in and around Metro Manila.
“Fans of the horror genre are one of the most appreciative and expressive moviegoers out there, and holding midnight screenings for The Conjuring 2 is our way of enhancing their movie-watching experience,” said Francis Soliven, general manager of the movie company’s Philippine offices
The film from New Line Cinema has been rated R-13 with no cuts, and comes at the helm of the record-breaking success of The Conjuring to bring to the screen another real case from the files of renowned demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren.
Director James Wan is a master of paranoia, of playing on such universal fears as being in the dark, being alone and, in the case of The Conjuring 2, being overtaken by the unknown.
Everybody has fears,” he said in an interview. “My job is to tie into the collective subconscious and into our greatest fears, in this case it’s the unexplainable—demons, possession, haunting. These are things that really happened, that really happen, and that makes them that much more terrifying. For me, as a filmmaker, it’s a really creative genre. You can kind of do anything…so long as it scares the hell out of the audience!”
Reprising their roles, Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga (Up In the Air) and Patrick Wilson, star as Lorraine and Ed Warren, who, in one of their most terrifying paranormal investigations, travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits.
The Conjuring, which was released in 2013, marked the largest opening ever for an original horror movie. It went on to make more than $319 million worldwide and still remains the second highest grossing original horror movie of all time, second only to The Exorcist.
Return of master magicians
The surprise worldwide hit caper, Now You See Me, which grossed over $300 million worldwide in 2013, and earned the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Movie Thriller, made The Horsemen’s return to the screen inevitable for their most astounding magic act in Now You See Me 2. After starting out in New York City, where the first film left off, the action becomes international as The Horsemen are transported to Macau, seemingly by magic, then on to London for a final showdown with an unexpected alliance of enemies.
Now You See Me first mesmerized the world with the David and Goliath escapades of a preternaturally gifted group of professional illusionists who pull off daring heists at the expense of a corrupt billionaire. This sequel brings back the talented group in a lightning-paced global adventure that blurs the line between heroes and villains as The Horsemen continue their mission armed only with their imaginations, skill and camaraderie. This time though, things go wrong very quickly, and audience can look forward to watching a movie that has a bigger scope, bigger laughs and bigger action, while going deeper into the mythology of The Eye.
Directed by Jon Chu (G.I. Joe Retaliation), also known for his expertise in cutting-edge technology in filmmaking, Now You See Me 2 from Pioneer Films, stars returning cast Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine, with new characters played by Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe, Lizzy Caplan, Jay Chouand Sanaa Lathan.