The real life paranormal investigations of Ed and Lorraine Warren made it to the big screen in the 2013 horror hit The Conjuring. And soon the married couple of demonologists will return with The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist.
THR reveals the sequel's subtitle along with a release date of June 10, 2016. It looks like Warner Bros. expects The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist to blow up just as its predecessor did, and so has given the horror thriller a prime location in summer release real estate. There it will open against Lionsgate's Now You See Me 2 and Sony's Uncharted.
The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist was scripted by Chad and Carey Hayes, the pair who penned the first film. And most exciting to horror fans, the sequel has successfully lured back director James Wan, who is currently in postproduction on his step outside the genre with the action-thriller Furious 7. More good news--though perhaps obvious--Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga will return to reprise their roles as Ed and Lorraine Warren. Now what about this Enfield Poltergeist…
According to CSI, The Committee of Skeptical Inquiry, this is the true tale of the Enfield Poltergeist.
The case began in the titular Northern suburb of London, England in 1977. There, divorced single mother Margaret Hodgson lived with her four children, who ranged in age from seven to 13. But their happy home life was turned on its head when bizarre phenomena began to occur. The Hodgson children began to complain that their beds shake in the night, a chest of drawers moves in the dark, and mysterious knocking sounds resound throughout the halls. Later, LEGOs would be seen soaring through the air. At first, Margaret believed her kids were making it up, or pitching LEGOs about themselves. But as things escalated, she couldn't ignore that something strange was going on.
This was not a case of a haunted home, as much as haunted children. Both of Hodgson's daughters claimed to have been stalked by this poltergeist, tormented at school or when visiting with friends. Margaret began to fear that her eleven-year-old Janet was the key focus of this spirit's attention. This made some skeptical that the girl was pulling an elaborate prank. But how do you explain Janet's levitating above her bed?
A series of skeptics and investigators came to the Hodgson home, including Ed and Lorraine Warren. All in all, it seems good source material for summer scares. Or at the very least, a better start point than the hastily made spin-off Annabelle, which has nonetheless thrived pulling in $244 million worldwide in just six weeks. Still, with the return of Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, we expect much more of The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist.
The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist will begin production in the summer of 2015.