Horror fans have long enjoyed the Conjuring franchise - a truly bone-chilling haunted house movie series that keeps on giving in terms of scares. But what makes these movies all the more terrifying? It's those fateful words, "based on a true story."
Ghost hunters, Ed and Lorraine Warren, contributed their spooky experiences to the horror movie - particularly focused around the Perron family and their haunted Rhode Island farmhouse. Since the film's release, an adventurous - and brave-hearted - couple from Mexico have purchased the property and moved right on in. But things aren't going as smoothly as they may have hoped - and their reports about what goes bump in the night will freak you out.
For some of us, there's an undeniable draw to the darker side of life.Whether it's true crime, legendary monsters, unsolved mysteries, or paranormal activity, there's something about the creepier side of things that has an undeniable draw.
Why do we like being scared so much?Perhaps it's that rush of adrenaline that comes with a good scare that makes us feel a bit more alive. Or maybe we're just gluttons for punishment - who knows?
But one horror franchise that keeps on giving is The Conjuring.What started with one smallish horror movie in 2013 has spanned into an impressive franchise of terrifying films across a range of different spooky subjects.
For many, they're the pinacle of '10s horror.And the Conjuring movies feature the main facets of a horror blockbuster: star-studded casts, incredible special effects, horrific monsters, and, of course, jump scares galore.
There's a wide range of films in the franchise.Alongside three Conjuring films, the franchise also includes 2014's Annabelle, 2017's Annabelle: Creation, and the much-anticipated Annabelle Comes Home, coming out later this year.
And that's not all.For those who favor a religious horror, the franchise also offers 2018's The Nun, 2019's The Curse of La Llorona, and two upcoming Nun sequels.
But, for horror aficionados, The Conjuring still reigns supreme.Perhaps one reason for its success is the fact that it plays into a horror film genre favorite - that of the haunted house.
But there's something that makes these movies even more frightening.
via: Getty ImagesThe fact that the events of these films are all based upon true stories. The inspiration behind The Conjuring franchise are the experiences shared by real-life paranormal investigators.
Here they are back in the day.
But The Conjuring was based on another case.
via: YouTubeThese movies focus on the real-life events of the Perron family, who lived in a farmhouse in Rhode Island in the 1970s which they believed to be haunted.
There are many claims about the spooky occurrences.
via: YouTube"The things that went on there were just so incredibly frightening," Lorraine Warren has said. "It still affects me to talk about it today."
Reports of the haunting were big news even back then.
via: Daily MirrorThe eldest of the Perron children, Andrea, has recounted horrific memories. "I thought I was going to pass out. My mother began to speak a language not of this world in a voice not her own. Her chair levitated and she was thrown across the room."
Which makes the next development even more confusing.
via: Maine HeraldThis year, a couple decided to make a very strange real estate purchase. At first glance, it looks like a pretty charming farmhouse, and a generally attractive place to live, right?
But all was not as it seemed.The property in question was actually none other than that which featured so heavily in the Perron's story - and thus was the inspiration for The Conjuring.
Here's the... happy couple.
via: InstagramJennifer and Cory Heinzen made the bold move into the home earlier this year. It's not something that many of us would consider - and it seems that perhaps they didn't make the wisest choice.
Because some scary stuff is happening.The couple have shared some of their most creepy moments since they've moved into the supposedly haunted property - and we have to say, we're feeling pretty spooked.
Some aspects sound oddly familiar.“We had doors opening, footsteps and knocks," Cory Heinzen, the new owner, has revealed. That would be enough to have us moving out!
And there's one thing that makes being in the house even scarier.“I’ve had a hard time staying there by myself," Heinzen also admitted.
He claims that he can feel the presence of ghosts in his home."You can tell there’s a lot of things going on in the house," he revealed. Sounds... relaxing.
Although he's not quite willing to admit to what's out there."I don’t have the feeling of anything evil," he says. But he'll concede his that, "it’s very busy."
His wife agrees.“This whole journey has been both scary—for many reasons other than paranormal—and exciting all at once," Jennifer Heinzen has said.
They didn't go into the purchase blindly though.
via: Shutterstock“I’ve always been fascinated with the Warrens. It’s just like a piece of paranormal history, this house," said Cory. The couple are doing up the home and hope to open it as a sort of museum.