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 has 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.
The now popular, paranormal documentary, Ghost Adventures, has focused an entire episode on this haunted house – and crew members have revealed the creepy things that happened behind the scenes.
Whether it’s true crime, legendary monsters, unsolved mysteries, or paranormal activity, there’s something about creepy things that have an undeniable draw.
Perhaps it’s that rush of adrenaline that makes us feel a bit more alive? Or maybe we’re just suckers 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.
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.
Alongside 3 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.
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 that it plays into a favorite horror film trope – that of the haunted house.
The fact that the events of these films are all based upon true stories. The inspiration behind The Conjuring franchise are experiences shared by real-life paranormal investigators.
Their names are Ed and Lorraine Warren, and they were essentially ghost hunters. You may be more aware of their most famous case, The Amityville Horror.
But The Conjuring was based on another case.
These 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.
“The things that went on there were just so incredibly frightening,” Lorraine Warren has said. “It still affects me to talk about it today.”
The 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.”
This 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?
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.
Jennifer 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.
The couple have shared some of their creepiest moments since they’ve moved into the supposedly haunted property – and we have to say, we’re feeling pretty spooked.
“We had doors opening, footsteps and knocks,” Cory Heinzen, the new owner, has revealed. That would be enough to have us moving out!
“I’ve had a hard time staying there by myself,” Heinzen also admitted.
“You can tell there’s a lot of things going on in the house,” he revealed. Sounds… relaxing.
“I don’t have the feeling of anything evil,” he says. But he’ll concede his that, “it’s very busy.”
“This whole journey has been both scary—for many reasons other than paranormal—and exciting all at once,” Jennifer Heinzen has said.
“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.
Be it ghosts, aliens, or any other things that go bump in the night – the Heizens wanted in. “I love that we have the opportunity to share the home with others,” Jennifer said.
“Eight-and-a-half acres, a river in the back and a pond, it’s so serene down there, never mind the story behind the house, it’s a beautiful home,” said Cory.
After seeing the Conjuring movies, we’d have to say, that’s going to be a firm “no” from us. Although we are tempted to visit the museum once it’s open.
Now the house from The Conjuring has hit our screens again – but in quite a different (and potentially even scarier) way.
Because it’s now a part of an episode of a very popular horror documentary series.
Ghost Adventures first aired in 2008 and it follows hosts, Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin, Billy Tolley, and Jay Wasley as they investigate the most “haunted” locations on earth.
The official Ghost Adventures Twitter account revealed that they’d snagged the infamous Conjuring house as an upcoming filming location.
To maximize the creepiness of the undoubtedly iconic episode, Ghost Adventures have decided to air the upcoming ep on the spookiest holiday of all – Halloween.
If you take into consideration the contemporary accounts of the Perron family, plus the claims of the new inhabitants, it seems as though Ghost Adventures won’t be short on spooky content.
It shows the four hosts investigating different paranormal phenomena in a location over a few days – or, to up the spooky factor, nights.
The fact that it’s gained such a reputation as one of the most haunted locations in America means that it’s a real find for Ghost Adventures.
Ok, probably not. But what the crew has revealed about the filming experience still sounds pretty damn creepy.
This Halloween special is a whopping two hours long – meaning it’s basically a feature film in its own right.
And judging by what Zak Bagans said on Twitter, the documentary is going to be a must-see for any horror fans.
People on the internet are excited.
Fans of Ghost Adventures already had high hopes because of the quality investigations that made the show famous – but the fact that they’ve secured such a high-profile location makes things even more exciting.
And it seems like the privilege of being able to shoot on location isn’t lost on the castmates. “It’s scary but it’s also so iconic,” Jay Wasley said. “It’s kind of an honor to be able to have this opportunity.”
In a now-deleted Tweet, Zak Bagens spoke about how the goings-on inside the house were so scary that many members of the cast and crew were adversely affected.
“There’s a fear of being in that place especially with us and how we react to ghosts and how ghosts react to us. This could be a life-changing moment, good or bad. Probably bad,” said castmate, Aaron Goodwin.
Host Zak Bagans dropped some terrifying behind the scenes details to the Las Vegas Review Journal.
“I wasn’t myself, albeit I was on a long trip. There were things going on with me that just seemed out of the norm.”
“I had anxiety and panic levels that were just so unusual. Just that feeling of sickness.”
“I didn’t feel like myself. I didn’t wanna be around anybody. I never felt possessed, but I felt like something was drawing the life out of me.”
“I had to sit down, dude. It was either run or sit because I was going down, It was just weird energy. Not normal. Not like we’ve felt before.”
It’s not out until Halloween – and we’re not sure that we can wait that long.
And if you can’t wait either, keep scrolling for the scariest things you can stream on Netflix right now.