The most anticipated horror movie and sequel of 2016 is without a shadow of a doubt [The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist](tag:1045293), the follow up to the 2013 massive hit, The Conjuring. This sequel, which will once again be directed by James Wan, takes Lorraine and Ed Warren to England where they will assist the Hodgson family, who are haunted by an evil force.
The movie is inspired by an allegedly real case of haunting that took place in Enfield, England in the late '70s. To believe in it or not is entirely up to you! But one thing we can all surely agree on is that the movie looks sweet and scary and most horror fans out there can't wait to get their hands on it! In order to make the wait less unbearable, here is a compilation of similar flicks that inspired the haunted house genre and James Wan himself. There's also a mini-series with little bit more history on the Enfield case! Have fun!
PS* Don't forget to re-watch 'The Conjuring,' 'Annabelle,' and 'Insidious' too!
1. 'Poltergeist' (1982)
A family's home is haunted by a host of ghosts.
How can one talk about poltergeists without referring to Poltergeist itself? Maybe the greatest movie to ever approach this subject and the ultimate reference when it comes to evil manifesting itself and tormenting a family. This 1982 movie directed by Tobe Hooper and produced by Steven Spielberg pretty much set the mythos regarding poltergeists in movies.
Some people might argue that the movie is outdated, especially when it comes to the special effects. It is important to understand that those effects were edgy for that time and even though some of them might not look as impressive today, the movie still holds a great entertainment value! Also, as the remake proved, special effects alone are worth nothing.
2. 'The Entity' (1982)
Supposedly based partially on a true story, a woman is tormented and sexually molested by an invisible demon.
This '80s creeper was one of the biggest influences on James Wan's career. The similarities between this and Wan's last horror films are easily noticeable, as it ranges from the subject of the movie to the narrative structure and even to the cast. The Entity starred Barbara Hershey, who played Lorraine Lambert on Insidious chapters 1 and 2.
Are you not convinced of the relevance of this movie yet? James Wan is currently involved in the production of a remake of The Entity, so how about that?
3. 'The Amityville Horror' (1979)
Newlyweds move into a large house where a mass murder was committed, and experience strange manifestations which drive them away.
Is it possible to talk about families being haunted without mentioning the Amityville house? I guess not! Amityville is one of the longest running franchises in cinema history. There are nine official movies, including a remake, and there are also five unofficial ones, plus other two movies scheduled for a 2016 release.
There's no need to watch all of them, you are safe with the original or the remake, which is a decent movie with a similar mood to The Conjuring 2.
4. 'The Haunting' (1963)
A scientist doing research on the paranormal invites two women to a haunted mansion. One of the participants soon starts losing her mind.
This timeless classic is often regarded as one of the best horror movies of all time, just ask Martin Scorsese! This was of the most influential horror movies of the '60s and an absolute must watch for every horror fan out there, especially the ones interested in paranormal researchers and haunted habitations.
5. 'The Changeling' (1980)
A man staying at a secluded historical mansion finds himself being haunted by the presence of a specter.
The Changeling — not to be confused with Angelina's Jolie missing-persons thriller — is another horror classic, and is highly regarded inside the horror community and a very influential movie. It has been said to be an inspiration for Alejandro Amenábar's The Others and del Toro's Crimson Peak, and it probably had a huge influence over James Wan's Insidious.
6. 'The Babadook' (2014)
A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.
In order to inject some new, younger blood to this list, The Babadook seemed like the obvious choice. A mother and her son are haunted by this dark figure inside their home, but the Warrens are nowhere to be seen, let alone to help. The movie has a dark setting very similar to the one seen in The Conjuring 2 trailer and will definitely help to set a mood for Wan's new horror piece.
7. 'The Others' (2001)
A woman who lives in a darkened old house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that her family home is haunted.
Following the success of the mind-blowing The Sixth Sense, came The Others by Spanish director Alejandro Amenabár. It is also a movie with a great final twist that was overshadowed by the long lasting popularity of Shyamalan's masterpiece. The Others is similar to The Conjuring in some ways: they are both period pieces about a family being haunted by ghosts; they both have an outstanding lead actress, and they also share a beautiful cinematography and an eerie atmosphere.
8. 'The Enfield Haunting' - TV Mini Series (2015)
In August 1977, a series of bizarre and terrifying events begin to take place in a seemingly ordinary house in Enfield, North London.
The Enfield Haunting is a three-episode mini-series directed by Kristoffer Nyholm, inspired by the book This House is Haunted: The Investigation of the Enfield Poltergeist. The book is an account of the events set in Enfield according to the author himself, who was a researcher of the paranormal following the case up close. The show does not feature the Warrens like the movie does, but it gives an insight on the case from a different perspective other than James Wan's. The mini-series was very well received among critics but it seems to be widely overlooked by the general public.
The conversation between Norma... I mean, Lorraine Warren and the girl in the trailer of The Conjuring is very reminiscent of The Sixth Sense, so it might be a good option too. It is not listed here because they are very different approaches to ghost stories and, as the trailer already pointed out, The Conjuring is apparently more action-packed.
Also, The Exorcist is the ultimate reference to anything related to possession and exorcism. However, do I or anyone else seriously need to recommend The Exorcist to anyone at this point in life?
PS2* Did you notice how almost all of them are titled "The..."? Coincidence or did 'The Conjuring' want to reference its inspirations?