THE CONJURING — 2
Cast: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Frances O’Connor, Madison Wolfe, Simon McBurney
Directed By: James Wan
Those who have followed the work of James Wan’s short tenure in Hollywood would surely say that his finest work to date was 2013’s The Conjuring. The film followed the real-life stories from the files of Ed and Lorraine Warren, the paranormal investigators from New England who were involved in famous paranormal cases like The Haunting in Connecticut, the Amityville House, the Annabelle doll, and the Perron Family haunting, which the original Conjuring film was based upon.
For the sequel, Wan has come to the UK to get to the bottom of the most famous case of a poltergeist event; the Enfield Poltergeist that haunted the Hodgson family during the late 1970s.
‘The Conjuring 2’ opens with a short take on the first film, where the Warrens are in the midst of an investigation, which happens to be the Amityville House. The horror begins right in the beginning as you watch the film, and this trend moves on right through.
Based on true events in 1976, we have demonologists Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) Warren living a simple life after the controversial Amityville haunting case. But their world begins to take a turn when in the London Borough of Enfield, a single mom Peggy Hodgson (Frances O'Connor) and her four kids are plagued by a mysterious poltergeist that wreaks havoc on their home and fixes its gaze onto 10-year-old Janet (Madison Wolfe).
Peggy who has been experiencing demons and visions tries to solve the mystery by herself; she even calls the police who seem of no help. The horror gets heavy media coverage, with the Warrens hearing about it. Upon the insistence of a priest, Ed and Lorraine are forced to take the case up and travel to Enfield where they hope to stop this new ghostly presence.
The film leaves your heart to be pounding for the entire two hours, good cinematography and powerful sound effects drive a fear into the viewer. Bonus material includes deleted scenes.
— Verus Ferreira