After the success of The Conjuring back in 2013, a sequel to the supernatural horror sensation was a certainty. That’s what happens when a $20 million film grosses $318 million at the box office. The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist will finally be with us in the summer, and to amp up anticipation for the film the first trailer has now been released. And it does a pretty great job of proving that it should at least be on par with the original.
That looked scary enough to me. Especially the old man lunging out of the shadows towards the end. James Wan, who mostly recently oversaw Furious 7 and has been tasked with directing Aquaman, looks as though he has done a great job creating a creepily beguiling world that is eerily familiar but populated with strange goings on.
You might not be able to tell from the above trailer, but The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist transports Vera Farmiga’s Lorraine Warren and Patrick Wilson’s Ed Warren across the pond to the United Kingdom. Specifically to Enfield in North London. However, the Warrens haven’t visited this region for a sunny holiday. They’re there to battle ghouls and investigate the supernatural, which leads them to a council house where that's exactly what's going down. They then look to tackle these ghouls in their own unique fashion.
Because of the spate of tepid, woeful horror sequels that plague cinemas soon after their actually impressive originals have been released, it was understandable that people might assume The Conjuring 2 would follow this same pattern. However, it actually looks as though the follow-up might buck this trend.
Not only have Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga agreed to return in their roles as the real-life husband and wife team of paranormal investigators, but director James Wan is once again in the director’s chair, while it’s also been written by the original’s Chad and Carey Hayes, too. The fact that they’ve been able to maintain so many members of the core team that were at the heart of what made The Conjuring so good, means that the follow up is in the best possible hands, and the trailer teases that it will be a nice continuation of the original.
Warner Bros. will also be hoping that, since The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist is being released in the summer like its predecessor, it will be able to replicate its financial success, as well. And despite the fact it will be competing with Now You See Me 2 and Warcraft on its opening weekend, the powers that be at the studio will be confident it can topple them. We’ll see if it can do just that when The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist is released on June 10.