We know that The Conjuring 2 — like The Conjuring before it — is based on the true story of the Enfield Haunting, even down to the name of the demon who plagues Lorraine Warren, but how true to life is the movie? The Conjuring 2 cast did a fine job of bringing the tale to the big screen, and it's interesting to see the real faces behind the true story.
Check out this fascinating excerpt from an old BBC documentary about the Hodgson family to see how closely details such as Bill Wilkins's voice and the girls' clothing have been followed in The Conjuring 2.
You may have gotten chills from hearing Janet Hodgson herself say the lines put to the big screen in The Conjuring 2:
''Just before I died, I went blind, and then I had an ’aemorrhage and I fell asleep and I died in the chair in the corner downstairs.''
Check out more details about The Conjuring 2 cast and plot and how closely they mirror the real life true story of the Enfield Haunting.
Actor: Vera Farmiga
Lorraine and Ed Warren really did investigate paranormal occurrences, but a few scenes in the movie are totally fictional. The memorable moment where the crosses turn upside down is a fabrication, and although the upside-down cross has been co-opted by a number of more sinister depictions, it originally signified St Peter, who was crucified upside-down.
Actor: Patrick Wilson
Ed Warren spoke of the Enfield case in the following years:
"...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."
Actor: Simon McBurney
Actor: Madison Wolfe
Young actress Madison Wolfe was only 14 during the filming of The Conjuring 2, believably bringing to life the terror of a little girl in the thrall of a malevolent spirit. Janet herself spoke about the haunting in hindsight, saying:
"I felt used by a force that nobody understands. I really don't like to think about it too much. I'm not sure the poltergeist was truly 'evil'. It was almost as if it wanted to be part of our family. It didn't want to hurt us. It had died there and wanted to be at rest. The only way it could communicate was through me and my sister."
In later years, Janet felt sadly unable to enjoy the sight of her family's plight on the big screen, telling The Mail:
"I wasn't very happy to hear about the film... it really upset me to think of all this being raked over again."
Actor: Lauren Esposito
Actor: Patrick McAuley
Actor: Benjamin Haigh
Actor: Frances O'Connor
Peggy Hodgson really did run to her neighbors for assistance during her family's difficult time. Vic Nottingham (played by Simon Delaney in the film) commented on the incident:
"I went in there and I couldn't make out these noises — there was a knocking on the wall, in the bedroom, on the ceiling. I was beginning to get a bit frightened."