#1-The Conjuring 2
In 1977, paranormal investigators Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren come out of a self-imposed sabbatical to travel to Enfield, a borough in north London. There, they meet Peggy Hodgson, an overwhelmed single mother of four who tells the couple that something evil is in her home. Ed and Lorraine believe her story when the youngest daughter starts to show signs of demonic possession. As the Warrens try to help the besieged girl, they become the next targets of the malicious spirit.
There, a single mother (Frances O’Connor) with four children reported bizarre, violent goings-on in the family’s home. The setting — Britain, public housing — distinguishes this film from the original, although with the exception of one neighbor there’s a curious indifference among nearby residents in this urban setting to the racket.
In any case, Ms. Farmiga and Mr. Wilson again sell their characters pretty well, and a youngster named Madison Wolfe makes quite an impression as Janet, the child who absorbs the brunt of the poltergeist’s abuse. Skip this film if you can’t suspend disbelief; it’s entertainment, not a documentary, and though the characters of course discuss whether the haunting is real, that’s not what the director, James Wan, is interested in. He wants to scare and unsettle you, and does.
“The Conjuring 2” is rated R (Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian) for horror violence, some of it pretty intense.