Grade A

Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga return to play real life, paranormal investigators Ed Warren and Lorraine Warren, respectively.  This time, they help a family in England who claim to have an evil spirit in their house.  Wilson and Farmiga are sent by the Catholic church to investigate and prove the claim false or true, and then let the church handle the rest.  But what the married investigators discover will force them to go beyond their tasked duties and put one of them at risk of a horrible death.

My most memorable, movie moment of “The Conjuring 2” is the lengthy, opening sequence of the movie, when Wilson and Farmiga are investigating what is famously known as the Amityville Horror.  This sequence is full of genuine frights, setting the tone for the rest of the movie.

A true test of a horror movie’s worth is its ability to provide true scares, and “The Conjuring 2” passes that test with flying colors.  Yes, there is little here that most horror fans haven’t seen before; but I dare you to watch this movie alone in the dark.  I started watching this in the dark, at night, with two people — after about 20 minutes we decided to turn on a few lights.

— M