The Conjuring 2 is a 2016 American supernatural horror film directed by James Wan and written by Carey Hayes, Chad Hayes, Wan and David Leslie Johnson. It is the sequel to the 2013 film The Conjuring and stars Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. The movie also stars Frances O’Connor, Madison Wolfe, Simon McBurney, Franka Potente as Anita Gregory, Lauren Esposito, Patrick McAuley, Benjamin Haigh, Maria Doyle Kennedy & Simon Delaney. The film follows the Warrens as they travel to the United Kingdom to assist the Hodgson family, who are experiencing poltergeist activity at their Enfield council house in 1977.
The movie starts at the Amityville horror house, where Ed & Lorraine conduct a seance so Lorraine can enter the spirit realm and investigate what happened. She meets the spirit of Ronald DeFeo who shot his siblings and parents in the house, and he guides her to the basement where the spirits of his siblings and he point her towards a mirror. Lorraine is attacked by a scary looking demonic nun who shows her a grim omen of her husband’s brutal death. in Connecticut, Lorraine Warren has convinced her husband to take a break from paranormal investigation, after the incident and the couple’s recent interview series. Meanwhile in Enfield England, a single mom who is struggling to make ends meet is upset with her younger daughter, Janet, for being caught allegedly smoking a cigarette with her best friend. Janet starts “sleepwalking” and talking to a ghostly presence which no one else can see, waking up on the living room floor and seeing the scary ghost of the old man who died there before they moved in.
Youngest son Billy is also seeing apparitions and hen Janet and her older sister Margaret wake up Peggy saying that there is a spirit in their room, the mom is convinced when a dresser is shoved across the room by itself. When the cops come in they too see a chair slide across the small hall and move into the table by itself. They offer to inform a local catholic priest and a reporter who involves Maurice Grosse a famous British paranormal investigator. They capture recordings of Janet’s voice changing into the guttural raspy one of an old man who claims to be the ghost of Bill Wilkins, the previous owner of the home. The church asks Lorraine and Ed to investigate just enough to rule out a hoax. Lorraine is nervous when the Demon nun turns up in Ed’s dreams and he paints it, which later appears in her visions but agrees to go to England. The Warrens bond with the family, especially Janet and investigate the matter. With their backs turned to Janet and with the girl holding a mouthful of water, Ed asks Bill to speak with them. This is to prove that Janet isn’t using ventriloquism and faking the sound.
More paranormal events occur, with Janet disappearing from her room to the ceiling of the living room and being held there while the figure of the old man pulls there through to the girls’ bedroom which Peggy has padlocked. Inside the room, the large number of crosses all turn themselves upside down before Janet is attacked by the ghost. Her mother saves her from the figure but the Warrens and the others aren’t fully convinced, though the Warrens do believe that there is a ghost. Despite a few other cases, the skeptic who is recording the goings on find on tape that Janet is throwing plates and other stuff by herself and bending large spoons seemingly faking things in the kitchen. At the accusation that Janet is lying, Peggy asks everyone to leave. They do but the Warrens return when playing two recordings of Bill’s voice shows them that the ghost is actually asking for help and warning them, that there is another presence in the house which is demonic.
While the Warrens and the neighbour rush back, Janet is shown to be possessed again and almost attacks Billy. The girl is taken to the house by the demonic being who is revealed to be the same demon nun. Ed rushes in to help Janet and catches her as she jumps from a window while Lorraine, realizes that she has scratched the demon’s name in her bible, while she was in her vision. She calls out the name of the demon, Valak, and commands it to hell, which destroys the nun. Lorraine is able to grab Ed before he falls and the girl is saved from death as well as the demon. The Warrens say their fond goodbyes to the Hodgsons and go back home.
Scary and gripping with really effective use of creating atmosphere and real tension, this movie had me jumping a bit in my seat as I watched in the theatre. Though at times it feels as if it’s a propaganda film for the Catholic church, crosses, Christianity and god, the acting saves this film from looking like a big farce. Sure the movie is a fictional tale with some stuff based on the Enfield Poltergeist which is obviously a hoax, but Wan does a good job of making a neat and scary film. I give it an 8.5 outta 10!