The Conjuring 2 Premiere: Stars Reveal Why Audiences (Still) Love a Good Scare

Patrick Wilson at premiere for The Conjuring 2
Patrick Wilson at premiere for The Conjuring 2

The Conjuring 2 Stars on Why We Still Love a Good Scare at the Movies

“The Conjuring 2” invites movie audiences into a North London home where something evil lurks. The stars say you’ll be glad you came.

“There is something very visceral about being so frightened that you scream – and then laugh because you’re embarrassed,” star Patrick Wilson told Made in Hollywood at the premiere Tuesday  at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. “It’s nice to go in and being genuinely surprised. How often does that happen — outside of giving birth, maybe.”

Wilson rejoins Vera Farmiga as paranormal investigators who come out of a self-imposed sabbatical to visit the home of a single mother of four, only to become the next target of malicious spirits. “It’s the kind of movie you want to see with people and want to see on a big screen with a lot of loud sound,” says Wilson.

The Conjuring 2 Director James Wan Talks How to Make a Good Scary Movie

Director James Wan explains that being scared is a “classic, very primal human emotion” but only makes a good movie if you handle it right. The key to that, says co-screenwriter David Leslie Johnson, comes from walking an unusual line.

“Horror has a lot in common with comedy in that the things that scare us and makes us laugh comes from a place we don’t totally get and can’t really predict,” says Johnson.

Costar Bonnie Aarons, who plays a demon nun, says “The Conjuring 2” accomplishes that. “It’s exhilarating. It’s like if you went on a roller coaster ride or something. It’s a rush, it’s an adrenaline rush!” she says.

Horror Movies Can Be Tough on Actors, Say Cast of The Conjuring 2

Still, a horror movie can be tough on the cast. “I would have to have warm water and honey and lemon because I’d be screaming all day, so that was really hard on my throat,” says Lauren Esposito, who plays one of the girls in the house.

Robin Atkin Downes, who provides a demon voice to the movie, says “The Conjuring 2” is so scary he worried about his wife at the premiere.

“I don’t know if we’re going to make it through the whole thing,” he says. “She’s going to have nightmares for the next three months.”