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The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist trailer is so very chilling, and so very British

James Wan directs yet another "true story" from the case files of Ed and Lorraine Warren

Clarisse Loughrey
Friday 08 January 2016 11:26 GMT

Horror's been through somewhat of a transformative period of late. Though dreary, jump scare-laden budget flicks are continuously pumped out in their dozens, we've also witnessed a few game-changers hit the screens with the likes of It Follows and The Babadook.

At the centre of it all, stands James Wan. A director who's managed to fuse studio budgets with a keen sense of artistry. Insidious and The Conjuring are blockbuster horrors with wildly unique sensibilities, raking in $97M and $318M respectively; an incredible achievement for their relatively slim budgets. Unsurprisingly, Wan has now returned for The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist.

Delving once more into the case files of real-life paranormal investigators Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga), The Enfield Poltergeist takes every liberty possible in bringing to screen the Warren's investigations into the UK's most infamous poltergeist incident. From 1977-1979, two sisters were reportedly plagued by an invisible presence lurking in the shadows of their Enfield council house. Furniture dragged itself across the floor, knocking sounds were heard on the walls, demonic voices echoed in rooms, and photographic evidence was taken of one of the girls purportedly being thrown across the room. 

The Warrens' visit saw them declare the Enfield happenings to be true. Ed Warren said of the case (as documented in Gerard Brittle's The Demonologist: The Extraordinary Career of Ed and Lorraine Warren, via Fangoria), "For example, take a case Lorraine and I began investigating this past summer [1978] in Enfield, England, where inhuman spirit phenomena were in progress. Now, you couldn’t record the dangerous, threatening atmosphere inside that little house. But you could film the levitations, teleportations, and dematerialisations of people and objects that were happening there – not to mention the many hundreds of hours of tape recordings made of these spirit voices speaking out loud in the rooms.”

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