James Wan’s The Conjuring 2 will continue to explore the legacies of Ed and Lorraine Warren (played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga), but the sequel will only be touching on the duo’s most famous paranormal case: the Amityville Horror. This may strike some as strange, given the aforementioned fame and that the first film teased the story, but there’s a very simple explanation as to why the director avoided it. He basically thinks it’s been done to death.
I had the chance to quickly speak with James Wan during a press line at WonderCon in Downtown Los Angeles last weekend, and it was while discussing his upcoming horror movie that he explained his choice of the Enfield Poltergeist over the Amityville horror. Said the director,
The story of the Enfield Poltergeist is different from the Amityville case in many ways, from the fact that the family was headed by a single mother to the fact that it was a child feeling the effects of the supposed supernatural force. That being said, James Wan also discussed that there are some similarities between the events that helped the England-set tale get adapted – including the looming question of whether or not everything is just being made up. He explained,
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