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The remaining members of the Hodgson family visited the set. Frances O'Connor, who portrays their late mother, refused to meet them, as she feared it would affect her performance.
James Wan was offered a "life-altering" amount of money in order to direct The Fate of the Furious (2017). However, he turned that opportunity down to direct The Conjuring 2 (2016) instead. "I feel rejuvenated to tell a scary story one more time," Wan wrote on Instagram.
While promoting the film in June 2016, star Vera Farmiga was still suffering from a swollen lymph node she received during filming, due to the intense screaming she had to perform. Due to technical challenges, she would sometimes do 50 takes in a row, all featuring her screaming.
Patrick Wilson did his own singing.
Some have claimed that the real Janet is a gifted ventriloquist or the power to manipulate voices and she admitted faking some events. She revealed that around two percent of the haunting was phony during an interview with The Telegraph.
On the first day of shooting, a priest was brought in to bless the set.
One of the real-life allegations that didn't feature in the movie, was that the Hodgson children's toys were thrown around and were too hot to touch.
The ghost boy that Lorraine sees when astral projecting is based on the infamous Amityville photo supposedly taken by Gene Campbell, a professional photographer who was part of the team who worked with paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren.
It had the biggest opening weekend gross for a horror film in three years. The previous film being The Conjuring (2013).
The opening scene where the Warrens are seen partaking in a séance in the Amityville Horror House, Lorraine is seen wearing a trenchcoat and a skirt. Inspiration for this costume was taken from what the real Lorraine Warren wore during a séance in real life during the Amityville case. She wore a replica of the outfit right down to the styling of her hair.
Madison Wolfe and Patrick Wilson had previously worked together in another movie. However, Wilson admittedly didn't recognize her when they met again to do the table read for this film, as she was using an English accent.
Unlike the original film, which was filmed with hopes of getting a PG-13 rating (though the studio and filmmakers were ultimately OK with the R that the MPAA assigned), the sequel was both written and directed with the intention that it get an R rating, which is in fact what the MPAA granted it.
The Society of Psychical Research in England researched this case long before The Warrens, and it was determined it was Recurrent Spontaneous Psychokinesis. Grosse and Playfaire moved into the house at one point and investigated this case for over a year. The Warrens just showed up and stayed for a couple of days.
The real-life events in Enfield became the longest recorded paranormal case of poltergeist activity in history, according to star Vera Farmiga.
Lauren Esposito was chosen for her part after a lengthy search for actresses held in the U.S., England and Australia. This marks her feature film debut.
Loosely based upon the Warrens' investigation of the "Enfield poltergeist". That incident drew multiple different teams of investigators, and Maurice Grosse and Guy Lyon Playfair's investigation was fictionalized as The Enfield Haunting (2015).
Takes place six years after the first movie.
References to other movies can be found in the Warren home. A painting of the house from The Conjuring is seen in Ed's office. The doll from Annabelle and the music box from The Conjuring are seen amongst the collection in their den as well.
Internationally, the film opened in 44 markets during its opening weekend and had the best bow ever for a horror film in 26 of them, including Australia, Mexico, Brazil and all of Latin America. Stateside, it had the biggest opening for a horror film in June, beating the record previously held by The Purge (2013).
The school featured in the movie is really 2 schools next to each other. One is Enfield Grammar School, the other is Chace School for Girls. They are both located in Enfield Town Market Place. Enfield Grammar is one of the oldest Secondary schools in the UK founded in 1558.
In the scene where Lorraine and her daughter are in their reading room, with Lorraine reading her bible and her daughter making a bracelet, you can clearly make out the word 'VALAK' from the lettered beads in front of the daughter. Seconds later, you also see the same letters again on the book shelves.
During the end credit scene where the audience are being shown photographs of the original Hodgson family and the characters, The part where the costume designers are mentioned, There is a split second frame where Annabelle-The Doll is shown, While moving on to the next photograph.
This is not the first movie where Patrick Wilson has a singing cameo. In fact, he's well versed in the art as his previous role as Raoul in the Phantom of the Opera (2004)_ was a large singing role.
The tune being whistled by the Spirit of Bill Wilkins is the folk song called "This Old Man" or "Children's Marching Song"
The shelf that Ed Warren places the strobe toy in his room where he locks the dangerous artifacts in contains a golden upside down skull which he moves to the side. This skull is the sacred treasure featured in the 80's film "Vice Versa" that causes Judge Reinhold's and Fred Savage's characters to switch bodies.
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In the begining of the film as the Hodgson children come home from school and enter the kitchen the drapes hanging from the window make the window frame form a cross.
The demon's actual name, is revealed in at least two places in the Warren's home: one in the kitchen, the other on the bookshelf.
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Frances O'Connor look resembles young Barbara Hershey when she starred The Entity (1982), another horror movie about supernatural forces. Lately Hershey played Lorraine Lambert, mother of Josh Lambert in Insidious (2010). Josh Lambert was played by Patrick Wilson, who plays Ed Warren in this movie.
Margaret is listening to "Don't Give Up On Us Baby" which was sung by David Soul. The song peaked at #1 in the UK for four weeks from January-February 1977. It also peaked at #1 in April 1977 in the U.S. for a single week. He also starred in 'Starsky and Hutch (1975-1979)' A large poster of David Soul is displayed on the wall beside Margaret's bed
During the scene where lorraine reads a book and her daughter makes something in the reading room, watch carefully at the bookshelf behind them. There is some big letter block at the shelf. It spells V A L A K.
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Vera Farmiga and Frances O'Connor previously worked together in Iron Jawed Angels (2004).
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The song accompanied the London impressions at the beginning of the film at 08:25 min is "London Calling" sung by the British punk rock band The Clash (Dec. 1979, UK#11)

The lettering at 08:45 visible for two seconds on a wall "I FOUGHT THE LAW" is the title of another big hit from the same band (1979).

Originally, I Fought The Law written by Sonny Curtis as a Rockabilly song for his band The Crickets anno 1960. The first smash with this song had The Bobby Fuller Four in 1966, hits #9 at the Billboard Hot 100.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The Crooked Man demon, shown in the movie, is not CGI or animated. It's played by the very real Javier Botet who creates amazing movements with his body, like a living stop-motion puppet as stated by James Wan. Botet is often recruited to play various demons in horror films due to this ability, including the titular demon in Mama (2013) and the Leper in It (2017).
The scene where Frances O'Connor's character is woken up by the kids screaming and the drawers slam across the room was done in just one take.
Even though it features in the opening scene, the demonic entity that takes on the form of a nun has got nothing to do with Amityville, according to director James Wan; "Lorraine is just having a psychic premonition about what happens in England".
All scenes featuring the nun were added during reshoots, replacing the original design of a dark demon with horns. This happened because director James Wan wished to expand the story of Lorraine Warren having her faith questioned. Therefore he designed the demon to resemble a holy icon. The original design can be seen at the end of the climax when the demon is defeated.
In real life, some believe that the haunting itself was a hoax; being performed by the young girls of the house, with the eldest being able to create really deep voices for the demon.
A cinema about to have a showing of the Conjuring 2 had a poster that said "WARNING: The film you are about to see is psychologically and emotionally disturbing. People who have attended early screenings of the film have complained about many unusual circumstances that they have experienced after seeing the film." And, to support the theory, added on the poster was "Due to our concern for your well-being, we have invited Father Perez to be here. He will be available after the film to provide spiritual support and/or conduct a personal blessing should you feel the need. Please do not hesitate to seek help. Ask a representative where you can sign up for a session with our priest."
The women on the idol poster in the girls' bedroom is actress and model Joanna Lumley. The real Hogdson girls had in fact a poster of her, as can be seen in the photographs that feature over the end credits.
The name of the demon "VALAK" is shown in the Warren house in three locations, and appears five times. The first is along the kitchen window in colorful cutout letters right behind Ed Warren. The second is along the edge of the wood kitchen counter in raised letters. They're just to the right of Lorraine when she's at the breakfast table with Ed. You see them again when she's standing at the sink. The third location is in the family room where Lorraine and her daughter are sitting. In the bookcase are large wooden letters staggered on two shelves. They also appear on the bracelet Judy is making. They appear both during Lorraine's dream and afterwards.
The Name Valak also appears in one of the bracelets the Warrens daughter is making while sitting with Lorraine in the living room.
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