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The Conjuring 2: Prank for James Wan film scares victims to death

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It’s not enough that The Conjuring 2 is based on true events. Director James Wan went a step further by promoting a terrifying prank inspired by the horror story. 

In a video for Programa Silvio Santos to help promote the film’s release in Brazil, Wan said, “I know how much you like ‘pegadinhas’ [translates as ‘pranks’], so check out this one inspired by my new movie.”

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The victims of the prank were caregivers sent to tend to a young woman, who turned out to be an actress pretending to be possessed by a demonic spirit. The first phase saw the crosses hanging on the wall flip upside down, while the doors to the room locked and furniture slid across the room. The second scare saw the woman stick to the wall like Spider-Man, and the final act featured another actress emerge from a wardrobe dressed as a blood-stained demonic nun. 

The Conjuring 2 returns Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. Inspired by an incident in the 1970s dubbed the Enfield Poltergeist, the film sees a London family tormented by a violent spirit who takes a liking to one of the daughters. 

The film is playing in U.S. theaters starting this weekend