I like a good horror movie. I’m not sure why, but there is something about good and proper terror that lingers with you and plays in your mind for days on end, which makes it memorable, albeit unnerving. Sadly, there are very few horror movies that are genuine scary and its a genre that has disappointed me over the years, with films rehashing original ideas too quickly (look at Paranormal Activity and Saw films) or trying to go over the top with blood and gore or jump scares, rather than building tension and terror throughout the running time of the movie.
The Conjuring was one of those movies though which built up the tension and fear solidly and one that I found genuinely terrifying. So, with the trailer being officially released and teasing to have more of that same terror as before, The Conjuring 2 is something I am certainly terrified looking forward to watching. I like that they haven’t rushed this sequel like with too many other horror movies that get their annual releases and I hope that will mean it gets the proper treatment that it deserves. Carey and Chad Hayes have returned to write the script for this, alongside David Leslie Johnson and James Wan himself – who also returns as the director. So with the majority of the original creative force in place for this sequel, lets hope it produces another classic.
UPDATE: A proper full trailer has now also been released!
The sequel is officially titled The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist and as Geektyrant.com reports, it is based on the following supposed true story:
In August 1977, a series of disturbances that were soon characterized as a case of poltergeist phenomena or even demonic possession began in Enfield, a northern suburb of London. The subject of a forthcoming movie, the occurrences, including the actions of an eleven-year-old girl who repeatedly ‘levitated’ above her bed, “held the nation spellbound” for over a year, according to Britain’s Daily Mail; ‘no explanation other than the paranormal has ever been convincingly put forward’.
Most 11 years old repeatedly ‘levitate’ on their beds by using them as makeshift trampolines and I’ve never thought for once that it required a paranormal explanation – but I digress – I don’t think that is what they meant.
The tale begins with a divorced single mother named Margaret Hodgson who lived with her four children. They ranged in age from 7 to 13. The strange phenomenon started when the children began to complain that their beds were shaking during the night. There was a chest of drawers that would move in the dark and strange knocking sounds in the house. At one point there were even LEGOs and marbles that began to “zoom out of thin air and bounce off walls.” Of course, at first, Margaret thought that her kids were just making it all up or throwing LEGOs around themselves. But as things escalated, she couldn’t ignore the craziness that was taking place anymore.
Apparently it wasn’t the house that was haunted, it was the kids. The two Hodgson daughters claimed to have been stalked by this poltergeist, and that it would haunt them at school and while visiting with friends. Margaret believed that it was her eleven-year-old daughter Janet who was the main focus of this poltergeist’s attention. Some people were skeptical and thought that the young girl was pulling off some kind of elaborate prank.
Yip that sounds truly creepy and if you really want to build up even more terror for yourself you can read more details of the incident further here. Haunt the house, but please not the kids. Why is it always the kids?
It’s a premise that looks certain to terrify and if James Wan is true to form, he should be able to work wonders with this plot. Now all we need to do is get him to make a movie about shopping on Christmas eve and we have the perfect formula for a horror classic.
Last Updated: January 8, 2016