Movies that I’ve claimed at some point in my life were the scariest I’ve ever seen: It, The Shining, The Ring, Paranormal Activity, The Conjuring. 2013’s The Conjuring is about real life demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren investigating the haunting of a Rhode Island farmhouse in 1971. It famously garnered an R rating based solely on its scares. There’s no profanity, no drugs, no gore, no sex, but the powers that be claimed the tone was simply too disturbing for the youngins.
The Conjuring 2 won’t make that list but it is easily the scariest movie I’ve seen since the first one in 2013. This go round, the Warren’s are called across the pond to investigate the “Enfield poltergeist” of London, which was apparently a real case involving a haunted row house and a possessed 11 year old that took place from 1977 to 1979. It is now widely considered a hoax, but nonetheless this movie achieves its predecessor’s uneasy tone that will likely heighten your fears of what goes bump in the night. Why are all kids toys from the 70’s so damn creepy! I think its safe to say we will get to see The Warren’s investigate other notorious hauntings in the future given the financial and critical success of the first two, and I’ll certainly be on board. Stars Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson (who has really hit a groove recently portraying 70’s tough guys). Tier 2 – Runner Up