The Conjuring 2

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Well-made, thoughtful sequel is VERY scary.
  • R
  • 2016
  • 133 minutes

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 28 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 77 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Advocates keeping an open mind -- allowing the possibility of believing in the unbelievable -- but also advocates the idea of proof. Believing in something without proof can sometimes be faith, but it can also be a deception. Acts of kindness and helping others are rewarded.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The Warrens believe in God and the supernatural, but they're also rigorous testers, seeking proof. They're kind and helpful; they often risk their own personal safety to help others; and sometimes they're simply kind, as in trying to cheer up a distraught family.


Images of dead bodies, shot with a rifle. Open, bleeding wounds. Frequent, very scary imagery: ghosts, demons, etc. Jump-scares. A ghost attempts to strangle a character. An 11-year-old girl is possessed by a demon. Furniture and objects fly around rooms, smashing into walls. Bite marks shown. Character burned with steam. A boy with a stutter is bullied at school.


Brief, mild interaction between husband and wife related to not being able to sleep in the same bed.


Infrequent language includes "oh my god," "ass," "damn," "butt," and "hell."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A pre-teen girl smokes a cigarette; a second pre-teen girl gets in trouble for holding a cigarette. Adult characters smoke. Adult characters are shown in a pub with pints of beer on the table.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Conjuring 2 is the sequel to 2013's hit horror movie The Conjuring and is also based on real-life ghost hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga). There's some bloody violence, open wounds, and gun shots, but the main issue is just how extremely scary it is. There are lots of jump-shock moments as ghosts and demons attack humans, throwing furniture around, biting, burning faces with steam, and attempting to strangle them. Language is infrequent but includes "ass," "damn," "hell," and "butt." Pre-teen girls are caught smoking at school (only one actually smokes), while adults are shown smoking on other occasions. Pints of beer are seen on a table in a pub. A boy with a stutter is bullied at school; later, his experience is referred to during an explanation of why it's important to stand up to bullies. Horror fans who loved the original will definitely want to see this, as it's a cut above the normal horror fare.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySingam V. October 22, 2016
Adult Written byShrishti P. September 13, 2016


I am a person who is strong at heart so I don't find things scary but I can vouch for this movie scaring the wits out of people who get scared even a littl... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bymaciek123 May 3, 2019
Teen, 13 years old Written byaliens123 June 17, 2016

chessy disappointment

the conjuring is one of the best horror films of the 21st century if not the best. its sequel is one of the worst. it has so many faults its hard to list them a... Continue reading

What's the story?

Several years after the events of The Conjuring, Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) become involved with the famous Amityville haunting, which makes them famous. Not long after that -- despite the fact that Lorraine is haunted by foreboding visions -- they agree to investigate a possible possession in Enfield, England. A young girl named Janet (Madison Wolfe) has been channeling the ghost of an old man, and the spirit has been wreaking havoc on Janet's family -- including her single mom (Frances O'Connor) and her three siblings. But despite witnessing some scary paranormal events, Ed and Lorraine are unable to establish any hard proof. Not even the clairvoyant Lorraine can sense anything. Is it a hoax or merely a diversion?

Is it any good?

While this very scary sequel is a bit on the long side, director James Wan is at the top of his game, taking a great idea and turning it into a rare, thoughtful chiller that ponders the metaphysical. It was evident in the original The Conjuring that the Warrens would make great "ghostbuster"-type characters for any number of sequels, and The Conjuring 2 has delivered on that promise. Farmiga and Wilson have made their husband-wife team interesting, engaging, and worth following into any haunted place.

Meanwhile, Wan has turned into an astounding genre director, perhaps the best of his generation, displaying a powerful grasp of visual space, rhythms, and sounds that deserves comparison with John Carpenter and Wes Craven. Even though The Conjuring 2 is quite long (133 minutes), it never overstays its welcome. Best of all, the "true story" aspect demands that viewers ask questions about the world we live in; how much do we really know to be true?

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about The Conjuring 2's violence. What purpose does it serve? Is it thrilling or horrifying? What's the impact of media violence on kids?

  • How scary is the movie? What are the scariest parts? What's the difference between jump-scares and other kinds of scares? Does a movie have to be violent to be scary?

  • How does the "based on a true story" aspect affect the movie? Do you believe that this scary stuff, or something like it, actually happened?

  • Are the Warrens role models? How do they help the people who reach out ot them?

  • How does the film address the topic of bullying? Why is it important to stand up for those being bullied?

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