Almost 3 years ago we met Paranormal Investigators Lorraine and Ed Warren (Farmiga and Wilson) in the first movie of the franchise (you can read my review here). Now they are back to investigate one of the most controversial and well documented paranormal hauntings ever, The Enfield Poltergeist.
Single mum Peggy (O’Connor) calls the local police one night to report strange happenings in her home. The furniture in the room of her daughters, 11-year-old Janet (Wolfe) and 13-year-old Margaret(Esposito) is moving on its own. An hour later, the police flee the home themselves telling Peggy they cannot help her.
The disturbances continue and escalate to the point that Peggy flees the home with the 4 children in tow. Soon she returns with only her youngest daughter Janet, who seems to be the epicentre of the events. It is not long before the Warrens are convinced to help the now desperate woman and her children.
The Warrens arrive in the midst of growing media interest and some local paranormal investigators have already intervened and done their own research. But with the truly gifted Lorraine on the scene, things get a lot worse as she tries to help the terrorised youngster.
With its dank and dreary, down trodden suburban London setting and it’s mid 70’s kitsch, the scene reeks of despair. The incessant rain and abject poverty of the Hogdson family simply adds another level to an already bleak situation.
Lorraine brings much-needed warmth to the movie and the family. As she tries to build a relationship with Janet and rid the girl of what plagues her, she is risking her own sanity to do so. This relationship and whether Lorraine believes the young girl, is central to the tale.
We are taken on a familiar bump in the night ride but with some added creepier elements. I know I should not have been so scared but I was. Not Paranormal Activity or The Exorcist scared but scared enough.
I am really enjoying this horror resurgence with its back to basics storytelling and suspense. I’m not one for blood and gore horror so this rejuvenated genre suits me very well.
With a keen awareness of what scares us most, Wan brings a level of dread and suspense to the movie that few successfully manage today. Yeah sure, it does get a little predictable in parts but it’s still very spooky. The fact that the movie is based on real life events makes it spookier still.
Google The Enfield Poltergeist when you get home. Some scary stuff and real pics included.
3 1/2 stars
Love Sue-Ellen xx
Director : James Wan
Starring : Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Madison Wolfe, Frances O’Connor, Lauren Esposito, Benjamin Haigh, Patrick McAuley, Simon McBurney, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Simon Delaney
Running Time : 134 minutes
Release Date : June 9