Sneak Peek: The Conjuring 2
From Warner Bros.: New Line Cinema’s supernatural thriller The Conjuring 2, with James Wan (Furious 7) once again at the helm following the record-breaking success of The Conjuring, brings to the screen another real case from the files of renowned demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren.
Reprising their roles, Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga (Up In the Air, TV’s Bates Motel) and Patrick Wilson (the Insidious films), star as Lorraine and Ed Warren, who, in one of their most terrifying paranormal investigations, travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits. Rounding out the cast are Frances O’Connor (TV’s The Missing) as the single mom, with Madison Wolfe (TV’s Zoo) and newcomers Lauren Esposito, Patrick McAuley and Benjamin Haigh as her children; Maria Doyle Kennedy (TV’s Orphan Black); Simon Delaney (TV’s Roy); Franka Potente (TV’s The Bridge); and Simon McBurney (Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation).
The screenplay is by Chad Hayes & Carey W. Hayes & James Wan and David Leslie Johnson, story by Chad Hayes & Carey W. Hayes & James Wan. Scheduled for release on June 10, 2016.
This transcript has been lightly edited:
The Referee: Well, listeners, we have another “Sneak Peek” for you, this week. (laughter) And this one may have you rattling in your boots a little bit. I’m sure it did the critic. In fact (laughter), he was able to catch a sneak peek of “THE CONJURING 2.” (spooky laugh) That’s coming out June 10 — yes, that’s right, June 10 — to a theater near you. Now, “The Conjuring” is directed by James Ran? Wan?
The Critic: Wan. Mm-hm.
Ref: WAN. And, it’s written by Carey Hay … It’s written by a whole bunch of people.
Ref: Carey Hayes, his twin brother Chad Hayes, James also helped write it, along with David Leslie Johnson. And it stars Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, and Frances O’Connor, among others. Now, this ain’t your mama’s movie. (laughter)
Critic: Well, it depends on your mama. It might be your grandmama’s movie.
Ref: Your grandmammy! (laughter)
Critic: So, here’s what happens: It’s 1976.
Critic: We’re in Amityville, New York.
Ref: Oh, boy.
Critic: And you know what that means. There’s a home that has been haunted, and a couple of investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren …
Ref: Mm, mm, mm.
Critic: … are there to see whether this is real or not. OK? We know what happens. Lorraine, she has a connection to the spiritual word. Ed has one, too, but it’s different. She senses this malevolent spirit. OK? After she comes to, she says to Ed, “That’s as close to Hell as I ever want to get.”
Ref: Oh, no, no, no, thank you.
Critic: CUT! … to Enfield, England. There’s a family: four kids, one mother.
Ref: Oh, my gosh, I can’t take this.
Critic: Yup, yup, look, the father’s gone, Ref. The father has hightailed it out of there. The younger daughter, who’s actually the second oldest child, is caught with a cigarette at school.
Critic: The youngest child, who’s the younger brother, stutters. Now, the younger daughter misses her father dearly. So, she has this makeshift Ouija Board.
Ref: Oh, see, you know what? NOPE!
Critic: And she wants to connect with the spiritual world to find out whether he’ll come back.
Ref: Mm-mm. Mm-mm.
Critic: She enlists her older sister to help. They try it out. It doesn’t work.
Ref: Sho not.
Critic: She throws the board under her bed and goes to sleep. Now, wait a minute. A little later, she gets a little visit that she wasn’t EXPECTING. I’ll tell you that!
Ref: You know what: See, why do people play with that? Why do y’all play with that?
Critic: And this spirit … She says get out, and the spirit says, “THIS IS MY HOUSE!”
Ref: (bursts into laughter)
Critic: We cut back to Ed and Lorraine. Lorraine, by the way …
Ref: Oh, my gosh. This is so forever. (laughter)
Critic: We’re about to end it. … Lorraine, by the way, if you saw the first “Conjuring,” you know that she … It takes a toll on her to deal with this paranormal stuff. OK? She can’t take it. She tells Ed, “Look, we’ve gotta get out of this. I’m seeing these visions. I see you dying.” But … this family in Enfield, England needs their help. The Catholic Church has come to them and said, “Look, can you go over there and check this out? We don’t know whether this is real or not. We want you as unofficial emissaries to see what’s going on.” Reluctantly, they agree.
Ref: (gasp with disappointment and laughter)
Critic: And the question is everybody: Is this real or not? OK? And, is Ed’s life in danger or not? You gotta go to the movie theater to see whether that’s true or not and to find out even more! BAM!
Ref: (laughing) Oh … my … gosh. This is so ridiculous.
Critic: (laughing) Now, look. So, that’s what happens. Let me just give you the breakdown.
Ref: PLEASE. Quickly.
Critic: James Wan, the director and co-writer, he knows movies. … Like, movies, not films … Movies! He wants to entertain you. He wants you to get your money’s worth. Look at his filmography. You’ll see why. I was a huge fan of “The Conjuring,” the first one, and you know what? I really enjoyed the sequel. I REALLY ENJOYED IT, I DID! … if you couldn’t tell before. Is it as scary as the first one? NO, but it’s scary enough. It’s funnier than the first one, though. That was interesting. The camera is on the prowl. It goes through walls. It goes through windows. It follows the people up and down, everywhere. It has that wonderful, period-piece look to it ‘cause it’s the ‘70s. You get that throwback feel of horror, which I like. I like classic horror. They bring it. The actors are right. Vera Farmiga has the perfect look, the perfect sound. She knows what she’s doing. Patrick Wilson is a great foil for her. Frances O’Connor — if you didn’t see “Mansfield Park” with her in it, check it out — but, Frances O’Connor is perfect as the mother. The little girl playing that 11-year-old who gets POSSESSED …
Ref: You know what? Mm-mm.
Critic: … Madison Wolfe. Great. So, if you are interested in horror this summer and you wanna be entertained for your money, go see this. It’s only, like, about 15 minutes where I was, like, mm, maybe we can cut it, but who cares? Who cares? And let me tell you, at the end of this, Ref, no one left the theater. There were people who tried to get up early. They stopped, and turned, and stood, and looked, until it was over.
Ref: (busts out laughing)
Critic: So, it’s a nice sequel to “The Conjuring.” You may not like it quite as much, but you will like it! I’m telling you. You will like it if you liked the first one. Check it out!
Ref: Alright, Ref, or, excuse me, Critic. (laughter)
Critic: CRITIC!!! (laughter)
Ref: It is not my mind. My mind is being toyed with. (laughter) You heard it here, and you heard it here, first.