The Conjuring 2 began production Monday September 21 in Los Angeles. Before diving into production the cast and crew invited Catholic priest Fr Steve Sanchez to cleanse and protect the set from evil spirits with a traditional religious blessing ceremony. Not a bad idea considering that the Conjuring franchise is based on the true story of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren and the demonic possessions they’ve encountered.
Horror films like The Conjuring release a lot of negative energy because the actors are consistently exposed to and the cast might accidentally call on evil spirits without realizing, so the blessing is intended keep the cast and crew safe during the production.
Blessing ceremonies are a Catholic tradition that is very common on Hispanic households. It is traditional to bring a priest to bless a house by saying a prayer and sprinkling holy water when you just move in to a new home to release any spirits trapped in the location and to protect the home from evil.
Fr Sanchez blessed director James Wan, cast members Madison Wolfe, Benjamin Haigh, and Patrick McAuley and the crew and then moved into the house set where he blessed and sprinkled holy water on all the different sets.
Release Date: June 10, 2016
Directed by: James Wan
Starring: Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson