(2016) (Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Horror: Paranormal investigators come out of a self-imposed sabbatical to help an overwhelmed single mother who believes that something evil is haunting her and her four kids.
- Having just worked on the infamous Amityville Horror case, paranormal investigators Lorraine (VERA FARMIGA) and Ed Warren (PATRICK WILSON) have decided to take a break from being involved in such work. And that's because during that last incident, Lorraine's clairvoyance led her to witness her husband's death at the hands of some sort of creepy and likely demonic nun figure. But unbeknownst to them, a family across the Atlantic will ultimately need their help. And that would be the Hodgsons who live in a somewhat rundown house in the London Borough of Enfield. Single mom Peggy (FRANCES O'CONNOR) is trying to make ends meet after her husband left her for another woman, something that's left her and her kids, 14-year-old Margaret (LAUREN ESPOSITO), 11-year-old Janet (MADISON WOLF) and their brothers Johnny (PATRICK McAULEY) and Billy (BENJAMIN HAIGH) shaken.
Things get worse when strange events start happening in the house, mostly centered around Janet. After Peggy finally sees furniture move on its own, she and the kids flee across the street to stay with the neighbors, Peggy (MARIA DOYLE KENNEDY) and Vic Nottingham (SIMON DELANEY). Their situation eventually draws local notice, including from British paranormal investigator Maurice Grosse (SIMON McBURNEY) who comes to believe it's really happening, while British psychologist and parapsychologist Anita Gregory (FRANKA POTENTE) has her doubts. The church eventually sends one of its officials to ask the Warrens if they'd fly over to investigate whether a haunting or possession is actually occurring, or if the incident is a stunt, much like others claimed about Amityville.
Knowing they should if it might help a family in need, Ed convinces Lorraine and the two come out of their self-imposed sabbatical and arrive at the house. From that point on, they try to figure out if the paranormal activity is authentic and what to do about it if it is, all while Lorraine worries that something bad might happen to her husband.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- If they're into haunted house type horror films and are fans of the first film, they probably will.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For terror and horror violence.
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