The Conjuring opens Friday, July 19th – if you’re in a major city, there’s still several previews happening with ticket giveaways. Horror Boom will try to pass on all of them we hear about to you that we can! For now, however, you can feed your cravings with this…
“That was a terrible place. That was a very, very… very bad place.”
-Lorraine Warren, on the Perron house, from the below interview
Wow. OK, couple of things…
Whether you’re a skeptic or not, you have to admire this woman (who, by the way, is still going strong into her mid-80s; she had the energy to go to Wondercon 2013 as part of the panel for The Conjuring) for more than one reason. When I was doing research on the Warrens, I found–verified, actually– that neither Edward nor Lorraine Warren ever took any kind of payment for their services. Even when both of them were interviewed (before Mr. Warren passed in 2006) by several skeptical (very skeptical) societies, all of the interviewers seemed to come away with the same conclusion, a universal variation of Well, if they’re lying, they don’t know it. They believe.
Of course, the possibility also exists that neither the Warrens nor the Perron family (who did not immediately* cash in with book or movie deals like some of the Warren’s most notorious clients; for example, the Lutz family of Amityville) are making any details of the Harrisville Hauntings up…
Hey, so, is there an alternate entrance to the museum we could use?
Whether you’re skeptical or not, one thing is sure – The Conjuring is the most accurate portrayal of Ed and Lorraine Warren ever put on film to date.**
Pretty sure I’ll be covering my ears, scrunched down in my theater seat when this scene in the movie comes up (if I’m not in that position BEFORE then, that is)
Oh, and another thing is certain– that based on a true story or not, The Conjuring is pure nightmare material.
“So Lorraine, you picking up any kind of vibes yet from this place?”
*Actually, the Perron family (and the Warrens) kept things more or less to themselves for thirty years or so.
**Vera Farmiga (who wanted to make her portrayal as accurate as possible), James Wan, and especially the writers spent as much time with Ms. Warren as they could. An amazing (and spoiler-y) interview with both the writers, Chad Hayes and Carey W. Hayes will be linked to soon; watch this space!