The Conjuring 2

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The Conjuring 2 can't help but lose a bit of its predecessor's chilly sting through familiarity, but what remains is still a superior ghost story told with spine-tingling skill.



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Reprising their roles, Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga ("Up In the Air," TV's "Bates Motel") and Patrick Wilson (the "Insidious" films), star as Lorraine and Ed Warren, who, in one of their most terrifying paranormal investigations, travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits.


Vera Farmiga
as Lorraine Warren
Patrick Wilson
as Ed Warren
Frances O'Connor (II)
as Peggy Hodgson
Madison Wolfe
as Janet Hodgson
Lauren Esposito
as Margaret Hodgson
Patrick McAuley
as Johnny Hodgson
Benjamin Haigh
as Billy Hodgson
Maria Doyle Kennedy
as Peggy Nottingham
Simon Delaney
as Vic Nottingham
Franka Potente
as Anita Gregory
Simon McBurney
as Maurice Grosse
Bob Adrian
as Bill Wilkins
Robin Atkin Downes
as Demon Voice
Bonnie Aarons
as Demon Nun
Javier Botet
as Crooked Man
Abhi Sinha
as Harry Whitmark
Chris Royds
as Graham Morris
Sterling Jerins
as Judy Warren
Daniel Wolfe
as Kent Allen
Annie Young
as Constable Heeps
Elliot Joseph
as Constable Peterson
Debora Weston
as Talk Show Host
Cory English
as Skeptic Kaplan
Emily Tasker
as Camilla
Kate Cook
as Mrs. More
Carol Been
as Lollipop Woman
Holly Hayes
as Audience Member
Jennifer Collins
as Louise Defeo
Lance C. Fuller
as Audience Member
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Critic Reviews for The Conjuring 2

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  • What's entertaining here is that they leave the usual Amityville surroundings for a damp and mouldy council semi in Enfield, London, in 1977, where the Hodgson family is being plagued by a poltergeist.

    Oct 10, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Wan's expert deployment of genre jolts is no less in evidence this time around, but as he takes his time - perhaps even a bit too much of it - interweaving the Warrens' story with that of the Hodgsons... he crafts a deep dive into dread.

    Jun 20, 2016 | Full Review…
  • [Wan's] framing of the scares is artfully managed, and it is the accomplished Wolfe, rather than any monster, who takes true possession of the tale.

    Jun 20, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Great. So now, along with being spooked by claps, dolls and nuns, I'm tisantaphobic too. Thanks for everything, James Wan.

    Jun 19, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • You'll jump a few times in this film - it's impossible not to, given the deafening digital stabs of sound - but this just rehashes a clutch of cliches, including a borrowing from The Babadook.

    Jun 16, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • You always get the sense that the Hodgsons are being targeted by something that is truly out of their control, and that's the biggest scare of all.

    Jun 10, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Conjuring 2

  • Aug 31, 2017
    Horrifying and heartwarming at the same time, bizarrely, The Conjuring 2 does exactly what a sequel should do: ratchet up the scares a notch, add actual information to the story, answer unanswered questions posed by the predecessor and not just rehash familiar territory we've already seen. The Conjuring 2 focuses on the "true story" of the Enfield Haunting, London's answer to the Amityville tragedy. Whilst the first Conjuring focused on a lowly farmhouse in Connecticut and honourably mentioned the now infamous haunted doll case of Annabelle, the sequel moves attention to a poor family in the east end of London dealing with a poltergeist, drawing parallel to Amityville. The doll is replaced with a black-eyed spectre known as Valak, who dresses as a warped Nun figure to attack the Christian faith of Ed and Lorraine Warren - the psychic heroes of the series. Valak is so undeniably creepy and is probably the most memorable villain from any supernatural horror film of the last 20 years, in my own opinion. The Conjuring doesn't only terrify its audience, but also manages to shed sunlight in on the dark story with touching moments such as a family singalong to Elvis' "Can't Help Falling in Love With You", these moments don't feel cheesy or unnecessary, but seem more pivotal to the story of the family over any cracked limbs or possessed children could.
    Harry W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 04, 2017
    The Conjuring 2: James Wan once again creates a fantastic horror movie that is interesting and intriguing from start to finish. Once again the story is unique and creates a very good horror movie.
    Tyler H Super Reviewer
  • Jun 19, 2017
    As scary as the first film and well directed by James Wan who instills scares and humanity in a 2 hour and fifteen minute scare fest. Madison Wolfe shines as the possessed English girl and Wilson and Famigia are believable as Ed and Lorraine Warren who were real paranormal investigators. I am not a believer of ghosts but was entertained all the same and this is a great summer night view. 06-18-2017
    Christopher O Super Reviewer
  • Feb 05, 2017
    I know I'm in the minority on this, but I actually preferred it to the original.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer

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