Expect ‘The Conjuring 2’ To Receive More Bad Reviews Than Its Predecessor

‘The Conjuring’ was a hit at the box office and with critics. The movie brought in $136.1 million domestically and is certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with 86% of critics reviews being favorable. ‘The Conjuring’ was one of my favorite movies of the year and I can’t wait for the sequel to come out. With all that said, I expect the reviews for the sequel to not be as positive as the first one.

I have noticed a trend lately. The trend is that sequels to horror movies, that receive mostly favorable reviews, tend to receive many more negative reviews. With ‘Insidious: Chapter 2’ being released recently and not being received as well as its predecessor, the trend continues. So, unfortunately, I believe the trend won’t go anywhere when ‘The Conjuring 2’ is released in a couple years. I gathered up the Rotten Tomatoes percentages for a few horror movies and their sequels, that have been released since 2002, to make my case.

First off, the original movies:

Original Movie

Rotten Tomatoes Score

The Ring (2002)

71%

Paranormal Activity (2007)

83%

The Last Exorcism (2010)

73%

Insidious (2011)

66%

Now on to the sequels:

Sequel

Rotten Tomatoes Score

The Ring 2 (2005)

20%

Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)

59%

The Last Exorcism: Part 2 (2013)

16%

Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)

37%

I’m hoping that ‘The Conjuring 2’ proves to be such a good movie that it defeats this trend. Comment below and give your opinion on how you think ‘The Conjuring 2’ will turn out or just tell what you think about horror sequels in general.

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2 thoughts on “Expect ‘The Conjuring 2’ To Receive More Bad Reviews Than Its Predecessor

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  1. I think the reason for this is that, unlike other movies, horror films tend to be more repetitive when a sequel is made. It’s not always so much about the sequel being inferior in quality, but people being bored of not seeing much change between the two, or not expecting to see more change, and therefore not showing up to see the move in theaters.

    1. That is true sometimes. I just don’t see why Insidious: Chapter 2 got flack for the same thing it was getting praised for in the first one. But it wasn’t even similar in content, just similar in tone which should expected.

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