In 1977 a family in Enfield, England, reported that a supernatural force was terrorizing their home. In 2016, their story led to a pretty bone-chilling trailer for what promises to be one of the scariest films of the year: “The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist.”
After the first “Conjuring” film scared the living daylights out of America in 2013, the first look at director James Wan’s highly anticipated sequel has arrived and it’s just as frightening as audiences have come to expect from the “Insidious,” “Saw” and “Dead Silence” director.
The official plot synopsis for the film, via ScreenRant, reads: "The supernatural thriller brings to the screen another real case from the files of renowned demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren. Reprising their roles, Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson 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."
The trailer opens with the link that will tie the sequel to its original, Lorraine Warren (Farmiga), asking a young girl about the ominous voices she’s hearing. From there, the trailer takes the viewer on a journey of the creepy and the macabre as examples of how the ghost is terrorizing this young girl are presented to the viewer. Everything from pinning her to the ceiling, bringing her toys to life and sending a demonic specter after her in the night plague the characters in the upcoming horror.
As previously reported, “The Enfield Poltergeist” is based on an actual alleged haunting that real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren worked on in the 1970s. According to DailyMail, there were more than 30 witnesses that gave reports of odd happenings inside of the house in England, propelling the case to be one of the most notorious in the couple’s long career. Although the true-to-life version of this story is scary enough, it seems as though the movie will take some creative liberties with just how much the ghost showed its alleged powers. For example, an entire room full of crosses likely didn’t turn upside down in a wave pattern, if it had there would probably be a lot fewer paranormal skeptics in the world.
According to SlashFilm, the reason it has taken so long to present a sequel to the horror film is that Warner Bros. didn’t want to replace Wan, as his unique directorial style is largely credited with making the first movie such a success. Following its release in 2013, the film earned $318 million from a budget of $20 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Unfortunately, Wan was tied up directing the People’s Choice winner for Favorite Action Film, “Furious 7,” during most of last year, so “The Conjuring 2” had to wait. However, 2014 did see the release of “Annabelle,” the frightening spinoff to “The Conjuring” focused on a possessed doll.
“The Conjuring 2” hits theaters June 10. Until then, fans can check out the incredibly tense trailer below and share their thoughts on the upcoming horror film in the comments below or by tweeting them to @TylerMcCarthy.