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Synopsis:Lorraine and Ed Warren travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by a malicious spirit.
The Conjuring 2 (2016) is an American supernatural horror film that is the sequel to The Conjuring (2013) and was shot in California, USA; London, England, UK and North Carolina, USA. Director James Wan (Saw (2004), Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013), The Conjuring (2013), Furious 7 (2015)) once again outdid himself executing The Conjuring 2. James Wan is known for his great horror movies since 2004 but I think The Conjuring 2 is his best work yet, and it might be because of the extraordinary script. I applaud James Wan for not overdoing it with the CGI and for sticking to several old-school methods.
Producers decided to have a Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Santa Fe priest to bless the set because of the eerie supernatural events during the first film production. Filming of The Conjuring 2 started in Los Angeles, California on September 21, 2015, and ended filming in London, England, UK on December 1, 2015. The film crew shot the movie for a total of forty days in Los Angeles, California, USA and ten days in London, England, UK.
The Conjuring 2 revolves around the Warrens helping the Hodgson family in the United Kingdom, who are experiencing poltergeist activity at their home in 1977. The majority of the movie is about the Hodgson family paranormal case. Ed ( Patrick Wilson - The Conjuring (2013), Insidious (2010), Hard Candy (2005), Watchmen (2009)) and Lorraine were seen investigating the Amityville house. Ed and Lorraine ( Vera Farmiga - The Conjuring (2013), The Departed (2006), Up in the Air (2009), Source Code (2011)) Warren were trying to help the police determine why/how the DeFeo family was murdered. Skip forward and we see the couple knowing that they have to help the Hodgson family because they may be the family’s last hope.
Lorraine and Ed soon after meets Peggy (Frances O’Connor - A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001), Bedazzled (2000), The Hunter (2011), Timeline (2003)) who is a single mother with four children. Her four children Janet ( Madison Wolfe - The Campaign (2012), Trumbo (2015), Joy (2015)), Margaret (Lauren Esposito), Billy (Benjamin Haigh), and Johnny lives with their mother. Johnny (Patrick McAuley) is being troubled/terrorized/targeted by a malevolent spirit/force named Old Bill. Ed and Lorraine feel terrible for the family as they learn how much danger they may face or are in and starts a battle with the evil, deadly force to save the family but will Ed and Lorraine succeed? There is a lot more to The Conjuring 2, but I will not say any more about the movie - NO SPOILERS.
There was relentless tension throughout the film as well as a fear of dread that something awful is about to happen. Madison Wolfe did an outstanding job with her role although it was an emotional character that can be hard at times - she triumphs her role which appears realistic - experience shows. I enjoyed the first The Conjuring film tremendously and could not wait for The Conjuring 2 to be made, and I was beyond happy after seeing it - well worth the wait. The scares were inventive, ambitious, creepy, intelligent and could not have been better - great scares. The twist thrown at us was unpredictable, especially the demonic forces that were oppressing the Hodgson. It was touching to see two stories about Ed and Lorraine’s love story - it was well needed and thank you for adding that extra bit that does wonders for the Warren’s fans.
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Writers: Carey Hayes, Chad Hayes, James Wan, David Leslie Johnson
Director: James Wan