Common Sense Note
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.
Brief, mild interaction between husband and wife related to not being able to sleep in the same bed.
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.
Infrequent language includes "oh my god," "ass," "damn," "butt," and "hell."
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.
Drugs / Tobacco /
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.