James Wan’s Sequel ‘The Conjuring 2’ Opens in Theaters This Week

Patrick Wilson and James Wan on the set of 'The Conjuring 2.' (Photo credit: Warner Bros.)
Patrick Wilson and James Wan on the set of ‘The Conjuring 2.’ (Photo credit: Warner Bros.)

The Conjuring,” released in 2013, stars Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as Ed and Lorraine Warren, real-life paranormal investigators who called in to investigate a house in Rhode Island that had been experiencing disturbing activity in the 1970s. Directed by Malaysian Australian director James Wan, known for his work in the “Saw” and “Insidious” horror film series, “The Conjuring” was both a critical and box-office success, and this Friday marks the release of the sequel “The Conjuring 2.

Wilson and Farmiga return — as does Shannon Kook as the Warrens’ assistant Drew Thomas — and this time, they’re investigating the Enfield Haunting just outside of London in 1977, where a single mother and her four children were allegedly being preyed upon by demons.

Early reviews have been positive, with USA Today calling the film “a demonic delight,” Variety called Wan “a horror filmmaker of such screw-tightening skill that even when he makes a good old rattletrap haunted-house potboiler, it’s easy to feel a glimmer of admiration for his talent just beneath your tingling spine,” and even actor Patrick Wilson admitted on Good Morning America that even though he knew the scenes that were coming up in the film, there were still moments during the premiere screening that got him scared.

Wan is often praised for his ability to elevate the horror genre with his attention to storytelling and character. Last year, he showed he could branch out of the horror genre by directing “Furious 7,” the latest in the “Fast and the Furious” series, and he is currently working on the new “Aquaman” film, starring Jason Mamoa.

If you haven’t seen the original, “The Conjuring” is available to watch with XFINITY on Demand.

Check out the trailer for “The Conjuring 2:”