The Conjuring is a recently released American horror movie based on a true story. The film has received very positive reviews from critics and movie-goers alike. With a $20 million budget, it grossed over $313 million worldwide to date.
In 1971 Roger and Carolyn moved into their house in Rhode Island with their five daughters. Not long afterwards they found a boarded up entrance to a cellar. The family dog, Sadie, appeared to pick something up as she refused to enter the house. Sadly, Sadie was later found dead outside. The family were then exposed to a series of terrifying paranormal occurrences while Roger was away. Picture frames shattered, clapping and giggling noises were heard, and Carolyn was locked in the cellar. Her daughter Cindy seen a spirit in her mother’s room, who attacked Andrea.
Frightened for her children, Andrea contacted paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, who recommended an exorcism due to the seriousness of the incidents. Their investigations allegedly revealed the house once belonged to an accused witch, Bathsheba, who tried to sacrifice her children to the devil. Before killing herself in 1863, she cursed all that would take her land. Ed and Lorraine also uncovered numerous suicides and murders in houses since built on land that was once part of the property. Incidents escalated into terrifying proportions. Cindy sleepwalked into her mother’s room to discover a secret passage behind a wardrobe. Her mother Lorraine entered the passage and fell through the floorboards into the cellar, only to come face to face with the spirit of a woman previously possessed by Bathsheba, who she used to kill her child.
The Perron family took refuge at a hotel while Ed and Lorraine organised the exorcism. While the Warrens were on their way home, their daughter was attacked in their own home by the spirit of Bathsheba, though Ed arrives in time to prevent her from getting harmed. Carolyn, who was earlier possessed by the spirit of Bathsheba, took two of her daughters, Christine and April, and drove back to the house. Ed, Lorraine, two of their assistants and Roger rushed to the house where they found Carolyn trying to stab Christine with the shears. After subduing Carolyn, Ed tried to perform the exorcism himself, though Carolyn escaped and again attempted to kill April. Lorraine was able to temporarily distract the possessed Carolyn from killing her daughter by reminding her of a special memory she shared with her family, allowing Ed to complete the exorcism, saving Carolyn and her daughter.
The family involved have come forward and offered their support to the movie. They appear very genuine and one article in particular interested me on this site here, when a family member stated the movie was a fair reflection of the chaos and danger they faced on the farm. They agreed there were liberties taken, but overall it was based on a true story.
I found this case differed to our own as the investigators were able to find the answers they needed. We know from personal experience that answers can be very elusive when dealing with the paranormal, and our case certainly raised more questions than it resolved. In our book, Paranormal Intruder, I mentioned a neighbour stating our house was built on a witches coven, but that was here say, and I would never draw a conclusion from that information alone. I am also very careful not to blame witches for the cause of paranormal activity, as many innocent women were brutally murdered in the name of witchcraft. Indeed there are currently many practicing witches who mean no harm at all.
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