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The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist (2016)

Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga return as Ed and Lorraine Warren, notorious real-life paranormal investigators, famous for their work on numerous renowned cases around the world.

As a huge fan of the first installment, I was excited to see if the sequel would live up to its expectations (I am often hesitant about sequels, as they are often pretty poor). Directed by James Wan (The Conjuring, Insidious, Saw), who in my opinion is bringing back the originality and eeriness to horror films, it is full of jump scares, sinister visuals and a brilliant cast.

Travelling to Enfield, London to take on a case regarding a possible poltergeist/aggressive spirit, Ed and Lorraine try to help the Hodgson family to escape the demonic presence taking over the house and possessing 11-year-old Janet. Packed with creepy, spine-tingling scenes and an interesting plot, this was definitely not a disappointing horror. As well as the spirit presence in the London home, the film also includes a backstory of the troubles faced by Ed and Lorraine around the time of the incident and also what effect the Amityville case had on them. (And that’s all I’m going to say about the plot- no spoilers here!)

However, when the topic of the second installment was released, I was unsure whether 1) it would be worth seeing or 2) it would be well conducted considering it is based on a true story. I also felt unsure because I was a big fan of the British drama series titled The Enfield Haunting released in May of last year, which was brilliant. Therefore, I thought that it may somehow not match up to it. However, in the series it made no mention of the work that Ed and Lorraine conducted.

I recommend this film to horror film fans or simply anyone who likes the thrill of them. Brilliantly directed, acted and written, this film found the perfect balance between its jump scares, tension and visuals, as it transports you back to 1977.


It terrified me.

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— AW