The big week is here! The Conjuring 2 comes out this Friday, and I couldn’t be more excited. Seriously. I’m doing a little happy dance right now (which actually makes typing this post a little difficult, so I’m going to stop).
But we do have a lot to be excited about. The story is badass, it has some great actors, and it’s already getting great reviews. Plus, James Wan came back to direct instead of lending his skills to Fast 8. The guy knows his horror. A lot of scary movies nowadays (easy now, grandma) don’t have the right tone or try too hard, so I’m glad Wan was able to put his touch on this one.
All that being said, I highly recommend you go see this movie. And if you are being smart and planning on seeing it in theaters, here are a few pieces of trivia to make you seem cool in front of your friends:
1. Ed and Lorraine Warren are real people who have investigated a number of famous, creepy cases. They were involved in the investigation of the Amityville murders as well as the story at the heart of the 2009 movie, The Haunting in Connecticut. And, of course, there was Annabelle.
Ed passed away in 2006, but Lorraine is still around and even had a cameo in the classroom scene in The Conjuring.
2. Although the Warrens are the main protagonists of The Conjuring 2, they actually had very little to do with the Enfield Poltergeist case. They were invited to the investigation, but so were a lot paranormal researchers and investigators. But I think we all like Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson enough that we can let this one slide.
3. Although the movie is based – however loosely- on true events, there are many who believe the whole thing was a hoax. A series of pictures showing one of the daughters “levitating” are believed by many (including myself) to just be her jumping off her bed. Others claim to have seen the daughters bending spoons to use as evidence of a haunting, and one of the daughters even said the house wasn’t haunted in an interview before being told to shut up by her sister.
4. But those involved swear that although the children involved might have embellished some things, other creepy events were all too real, including moving furniture witnessed by a number of people and strange noises heard in the house.
5. Some Philippine viewers of the first movie claimed to have strange, creepy feelings after watching it, so Catholic priests were brought in to bless people before subsequent viewings. The set of The Conjuring 2 was blessed by a priest before shooting began, so you should be okay.
Bonus trivia: If you’ve watched The Conjuring (and I have an inkling you have), you are already aware of the Warren’s famous case about Annabelle. You probably also know there was a movie loosely based on the story. What you might not know is that the actual Annabelle doll is far from the creepy-looking doll from hell depicted in the movie. She’s just a Raggedy Ann doll that got a little frisky who now resides in a protected box in the museum Lorraine Warren manages in the back of her Connecticut home.
So who’s going this weekend? Let me know what you think of the movie in the comments. I’d love to hear your thoughts.