The official trailer for The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist reveals important clues about the much-anticipated film. Like the original, which debuted in July 2013, the sequel will feature paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. In the first film, the Warrens assist a Rhode Island family who were reportedly haunted by an evil spirit. The sequel is expected to follow the same formula at an apartment building in Enfield, England.
The Conjuring is based on the true story of Carolyn and Roger Perron and their five daughters.
Movie Pilot reports the family moved into an old farmhouse in 1971. Within days of moving in, the family experienced unexplained phenomena, including unusual noises and the unexpected death of their pet dog Sadie.
Carolyn and Roger became specifically concerned when their daughters were physically attacked by what appears to be an evil spirit. When their daughter Carolyn says she spoke with the spirit, which reportedly wanted the family dead, the Perrons contacted Ed and Lorraine Warren for assistance.
Although their “gifts” are a topic of heated controversy, the Warrens are known throughout the United States for their paranormal investigation work. As discussed by The New England Society For Psychic Research website, the late Ed Warren was a self-proclaimed demonologist and his wife identifies herself as a clairvoyant and a trance medium.
Together, the couple is credited for investigating and documenting the existence of paranormal activity, including demonic possession and hauntings. Although the Warrens were merely consultants, they often sought the help of clergymen to rid their clients’ homes of ghouls.
The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist trailer reveals that the sequel is set in 1977 — which is when the couple traveled to Enfield, England, to assist a family haunted by a poltergeist.
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In the trailer, Lorraine Warren is interviewing a young girl who believes she is being haunted by an evil spirit. Although the girl said the spirit is not “inside” her, she can hear it speaking and feels she is “being used” by the spirit.
The trailer then cuts to a scene where the young girl appears to be physically manipulated by the spirit. The entity then proceeds to turn a collection of crosses, which are hung on the wall, upside down.
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Although the Rhode Island and Enfield cases are compelling, Ed and Lorraine Warren’s most famous case inspired the Amityville Horror book and film.
As reported by ABC News, Amityville Horror is based on the story of George and Kathy Lutz and their children. Like the Perrons, the Lutzs had just moved into their new home when they began experiencing unexplained phenomena.
Also like the Perrons, George and Kathy Lutz consulted Ed and Lorraine Warran about their frightening experience.
Bloody Disgusting writer “MrDisgusting” suggests The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist will touch on the Lutz’s experience as well as the haunting in Enfield. However, the rumor has not been confirmed and the possibility was not revealed in the trailer.
Ed and Lorraine’s work has been a topic of debate for more than 50 years. Although they are revered in the paranormal community, skeptics contend they took advantage of families in need.
The Lutz and Perron families have also faced public scrutiny, as their stories are indeed bizarre.
In an interview with ABC News, George Lutz said the Amityville Horror film embellished some of the incidents he and his family experienced in the house. However, he denies claims that he simply fabricated the story.
In an interview with HorrorMovies.ca, Andrea Perron admitted The Conjuring embellished her family’s experience as well. But she contends the story was fundamentally true.
“The film is amazing and nothing anyone expects. It is a fair reflection of the chaos and danger we faced at the farm… There are liberties taken and a few discrepancies but overall, it is what it claims to be — based on a true story, believe it or not.”
The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist official trailer was released on January 7, and the film will debut in the United States in June 2016.
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