This week we rented The Conjuring 2, the sequel to the 2013 film about Paranormal investigators Ed Warren (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) once again directed by James Wan.
The film opens up with the Warren’s investigating the house best known for the Amityville Horror, it also introduces us to The Nun (who will be getting her own spin-off horror film, as did Annabelle, the doll from the first Conjuring film)
The Amityville home has quite an impact on Lorraine because, during this event, she has a vision of Ed being killed.
A year later the church ask them to consult on a case in Enfield, England as to the validity of the claims of the Hodgson family who claim to be terrorized by the previous deceased homeowner, Bill Wilkins (Bob Adrian)
Ed agrees to investigate and Lorraine reluctantly agrees to follow him despite receiving another vision of his death.
Once in Enfield, the Warrens consult with Maurice Grosse (Simon McBurney) who appears to believe this is real paranormal activity but another Anita Gregory (Franka Potente) believes this to be all made up.
In reality, Grosse was very much the centre of the case, and the Warrens only appeared for one day (We highly recommend the British mini series The Enfield Haunting, which had Timothy Spall play Grosse, as a great companion piece to this film)
Gregory believes that the mother, Peggy Hodgson (Frances O’Connor) is faking her fear, believing that she can make much-needed money from the media for news of her daughter, Janet (Madison Wolfe) possession by the devil.
This belief is increased when Gregory produces a video which appears to show Janet faking her possession. If want to know if the event was a scam or an actual demon possession, we suggest the Conjuring 2 is worth a watch!
What follows is over 2 hours of a very good scary movie, with some genuine great ‘Jump’ scenes, with some good FX and makeup.
We actually enjoyed this film a lot more than the original and its Annabelle spin-off and can highly recommend it. James Wan really is a scare master, and like his other film hits Saw and Insidious, it looks like we could see more from the Warrens.
Wan and the 2 films writers Chad and Carey Hayes have suggested a third film is possible and they would like to do in the Eighties with a werewolf storyline as a possibility.
On the strength of this film, we hope it happens and also look forward to The Nun spin-off film, having heard Corin Hardy will direct, thanks to the success of his great horror film The Hallow.
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