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.
Some have claimed that the real Janet Hodgson is a gifted ventriloquist or has the power to manipulate voices, and she admitted to faking some events. She revealed that around two percent of the haunting was phony during an interview with The Telegraph.
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.
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.
One of the real-life allegations that wasn't featured in the movie, was that the Hodgson children's toys were thrown around and were too hot to touch.
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.
It had the biggest opening weekend gross for a horror film in three years. The previous film being The Conjuring (2013).
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.
The real-life events in Enfield became the longest recorded paranormal case of poltergeist activity in history, according to star Vera Farmiga.
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 shelf on which Ed places the strobe toy in the Warrens' artifacts den contains a golden upside-down skull, which he moves to the side. This skull is the sacred treasure featured in the film Vice Versa (1988) that causes Judge Reinhold's and Fred Savage's characters to switch bodies.
The Society of Psychical Research in England researched this case long before the Warrens, and it was determined as "Recurrent Spontaneous Psychokinesis". Grosse and Playfair moved into the house at one point and investigated this case for over a year. The Warrens showed up and stayed for only a couple of days.
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).
References to other movies can be found in the Warrens home. A painting of the house from The Conjuring (2013) is seen in Ed's office. The doll from Annabelle (2014) and the music box from The Conjuring are seen among the collection in their den as well.
The women on the idol poster in the girls' bedroom is actress and model Joanna Lumley. The real Hogdson girls in fact had a poster of her, as can be seen in the photographs that feature over the end credits.
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.
The school featured in the movie is really two schools located next to each other. One is Enfield Grammar School and the other is Chace School for Girls, in Enfield Town Market Place. Enfield Grammar is one of the oldest secondary schools in the UK, founded in 1558.
During the end credits, at the part when the costume designers are mentioned, there is a split-second frame where the Annabelle doll is shown.
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).
This is not the first movie where Patrick Wilson has a singing cameo. In fact, he is 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 "This Old Man" or "Children's Marching Song".
In the beginning 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.
Two spin-off films have been green lit, similar to the first film's spin-off Annabelle (2014) and it's sequel Annabelle: Creation (2017). The films are set to focus on the origins of two apparitions in the film, the "Demon Nun" and the "Crooked Man," appropriately titled The Nun (2018) and The Crooked Man (TBA) respectively. The popularity of the character and the green lighting of a spin-off involving it prove that James Wan's decision to change the Demon "Valek's" design from its original, more classic Demon horned creature design, to a ghostly nun.
The second film that deals with the Warrens having to help a haunted female named Janet. The made for TV film The Haunted (1991), now considered to be a lost "Conjuring" movie, had a woman named Janet Smurl being tormented by evil spirits. The Warrens also feature in that film, though obviously played by different actors at the time.
Bonnie Aarons who acts as the demon Nun is also cast as the same demon Nun in the Nun (2018) movie
The actress portraying Janet, Madison Wolfe, is actually an American using an English accent, having grown up in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Margaret is heard 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). A large poster of Soul is displayed on the wall beside Margaret's bed.
Frances O'Connor's look resembles a young Barbara Hershey when she starred in The Entity (1982), another horror movie about supernatural forces. Hershey played Lorraine Lambert, the mother of Josh Lambert, in Insidious (2010). Josh Lambert was played by Patrick Wilson, who plays Ed Warren in this movie.
EASTER EGG: During the "London Calling" montage which introduces the Enfield haunting, there is a three frame shot of Piccadilly Circus. Onto this has been superimposed a purported poster for Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977), which was on release at the time of the film's setting. It is a deliberate addition by the filmmakers, because from the types and age of the buses on view, the actual footage dates from no later than the mid-1960s.
The song accompanying the London impressions at the beginning of the film is "London Calling" by The Clash. "I FOUGHT THE LAW", visible on a wall at the 08:45 minute mark, is the title of another big hit from the same band.
Actors Steve Coulter and Patrick Wilson are frequent James Wan collaborators, Coulter playing fellow medium Carl in the Insidious franchise as well as an unnamed priest in Furious 7 (2015), while Wilson portrayed Josh Lambert in the Insidious franchise.
Vera Farmiga and Frances O'Connor previously worked together in Iron Jawed Angels (2004).