Just like the first movie, The Conjuring 2 is, unfortunately, based on a true story. It's not too hard to guess why that's an unfortunate thing. It picks up not too long after a haunting at Ammityville, which proves to be too much for Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Loraine Warren (Vera Farmiga). Loraine wants them to retire, but a case is soon brought to their attention that brings them right back in. A family in England is being haunted by an evil spirit who wants to murder them all, and this spirit is communicating to them through one of the daughters, Janet (Madison Wolfe). It's up to Ed and Loraine to help put an end to the haunting, but the case proves to be much more than meets the eye.
While their screen time starts out rather sparse, Verga Farmiga and Patrick Wilson are, once again, absolutely terrific as the husband-wife paranormal investigator couple we've all come to love. They're just fantastic actors giving fantastic performances, Farmiga especially. Don't get me wrong, I adored Wilson in this role, but Farmiga's character, to me, is a lot more interesting, and this gave her more to play around with in her performance, and it allowed for some really effective moments.
In a lot of comedy movies, when a character watches a horror movie, they usually jump up and down a lot, shaking their popcorn violently through the air. I always presumed this was an exaggerated reaction done for laughs, but when watching this movie, I discovered first hand that that sort of reaction is not only possible, but I'm capable of doing it. Wan builds an insane amount of tension in this movie, never releasing it, even after a jump scare or two. Most horror films take things slow, but almost every scene in The Conjuring 2 had me on the edge of my seat. It was refreshingly frightening.