“The Conjuring 2” (Warner Bros.)
By Catholic News Service
Horror franchise follow-up drawing, once again, on the exploits of demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) has the couple traveling to London to deal with a crockery-smashing poltergeist (Bob Adrian) who’s bedeviling a woman (Frances O’Connor) and her four children (the most prominent played by Madison Wolfe).
Basing his plot on a real incident known as the Enfield Poltergeist, director and co-writer James Wan does acknowledge that prank-playing children may have been responsible for at least some of the mayhem, but not before he throws a demon nun into the mix in a failed attempt to add to the fright factor. Occult themes, a skewed presentation of Catholic faith practices, intense action sequences, some of them involving gun violence. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.