Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) venture to north London to aid a single mother raising four kids alone in a house full of evil spirits.
Like the original James Wan directs this brilliantly. You’d be hard pressed to find a more versatile director today. From big budget action in Furious 7 to suspenseful horror like this. I was on the edge of my seat throughout. He keeps up the pace with thrilling chase sequences through the house. Tension is the keyword here however. A scene with little Janet Hodgson (Madison Wolfe) sitting in a recliner with water in her mouth was one of the most suspenseful scenes this year.
Wan gets fabulous performances from his actors. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga have tremendous chemistry. Every time something is going wrong they shoot this look at each other. Without saying anything you know exactly what they’re thinking. They aren’t the standouts though. Previously mentioned Madison Wolfe is the star. She becomes possessed by this demon, and it really effects the real human girl. We normally don’t see that side. She’s truly devastated by what happens and breaks down emotionally. It breaks your heart to see this girl crumbling from within.
The only negative in this film could be the time spent on Ed and Lorraine’s marriage. I personally enjoyed that aspect. It flushed them out even more. Wan is brilliant working with the young actors in this film. They are all brilliant. As is this film.