In 1977, paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren travel to London, England, where single mother Peggy Hodgson believes that something evil is in her home. When Peggy's youngest daughter starts showing signs of demonic possession, Ed and Lorraine attempt to help the besieged girl, only to find themselves targeted by the malicious spirits.Written by
The Society of Psychical Research in England researched this case long before the Warrens, and it was determined as "Recurrent Spontaneous Psychokinesis". Grosse and Playfair moved into the house at one point and investigated this case for over a year. The Warrens showed up and stayed for only a couple of days. See more »
Cellars like the one shown were uncommon in 1970s England. If the property did have a cellar, the stairs would not be built or positioned like the way it is presented in the film. The cellar is clearly based on an American design - large and spacious - rather than the dark, damp and rather small cellars that London properties had in 1970s Britain. Those that weren't converted were filled with concrete due to flooding issues from the many underground rivers and sewers in the capital. See more »
After everything we've seen, there isn't much that rattles either of us anymore. But this one... this one still haunts me.
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During the credits, actual images of The Warrens and The Hodgsons are shown. See more »
The Conjuring 2 is a period piece horror film that continues the story of Ed and Lorraine Warren, two demonologists who are most well known for their investigations into the Amityville haunting. The first film was set before Amityville and concerned one of their lesser known cases. This film is set after Amityville, and mainly concerns the Enfield Poltergeist.
The films obviously take a lot of liberties to what *actually* happened. Let's just say that this film is set in an alternate reality where every investigation the Warren family looks into is entirely true. If anyone looks into the actual footage and evidence in the case, it seems to be a pretty elaborate hoax, but in this film, it isn't.
That being said, this is an incredibly effective horror film, and some moments definitely caused me to feel incredibly anxious, and I frequently felt the need to push against the seat to get as far away from the screen as possible. The family is incredibly charming and likable, and the acting, especially the main girl character, I found to be quite impressive. There is also a carryover story from the first film concerning the Warren family, as they question the reason why they do what they do.
There were some cheesy moments throughout the film that distracted me a little. Some weird and out of place editing choices and other minor stuff. There is an over reliance of CGI in a few scenes that I found distracting. CGI, especially when it's CGI characters, are incredibly hard to make scary, and this film is no exception. However, for the most part this issue is avoided in favour of more traditional methods of scaring the audience.
Overall a quality film that is definitely worth watching if you liked the first film. It's not a better film than the first, but there isn't a massive drop in quality that occasionally occurs in sequels.
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