The Conjuring 2 is director James Wan's sequel to his own horror film The Conjuring, which became a critical/commercial smash hit in 2013 - all while it creeped out moviegoers with its bag of magic tricks and stylistic flourishes that call back to atmospheric horror offerings of the 1960s and '70s. Once again, the Conjuring sequel is "based on a true story" that concerns an incident of alleged paranormal activity that was investigated by the demonologists Lorraine and Ed Warren back in the 20th century - with the setting this time around being England, 1977.
The event that inspired Conjuring 2's storyline, otherwise known as the "Enfield Haunting", is actually one of the Warrens' most famous cases (next to their investigation of the Amityville Horror House), and has been dramatized by filmmakers in the past; most recently with the 2015 TV miniseries, The Enfield Haunting. However, the incident could feel all the fresher and even more terrifying when brought to life with Wan's distinct storytelling touch, as indicated by the newly-released The Conjuring 2 trailer, above.
Here is Warner Bros. Pictures' official plot summary for The Conjuring 2:
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.
Wan is sharing story and screenwriting credit on The Conjuring 2 with Carey and Chad Hayes (who also co-wrote the original Conjuring installment), as well as Orphan and Red Riding Hood scribe David Leslie Johnson. Wan and Johnson are now working together on Aquaman (which Wan is also directing), which suggests their time collaborating on the Conjuring sequel went well enough for the pair to want to keep working together. That bodes well for Conjuring 2 as well, as it indicates that Johnson is a good match for Wan's storytelling approach - one that includes marrying the scares in his movies to a grounded yet compelling character-driven story.
While some horror genre enthusiasts are less crazy about the methods that Wan uses to freak out the general moviegoing public than others, he tends to offer solid narratives and character development, to go along with the (usually well-executed) jump scares and creepy sequences. That should likewise hold true for The Conjuring 2 - a film that could be all the freakier too, now that Wan's had time to recharge his batteries for generating ideas for scaring people, having spent the last couple years making Furious 7. The Conjuring 2 teaser alone is an improvement on Annabelle, the forgettable Conjuring spinoff - or rather, "prequel" - that was made back in 2014, without Wan calling the shots behind the camera.
Patrick Wilson and Vera Farminga lead a cast in The Conjuring 2 that includes such names as Frances O'Connor (The Missing), Simon McBurney (Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation), Maria Doyle Kennedy (Orphan Black), and Madison Wolfe (Joy), among others.
The Conjuring 2 opens in U.S. theaters on June 10th, 2016.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures