The Conjuring, starring Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson as real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, may be one of the scariest movies of the year because it's based on alleged events that happened to a family, the Perrons, in one house over 30 years ago. The events that happened in the house were so traumatizing to both the Warrens and the Perrons that everyone involved kept silent about what happened . . . until now. So how much of the movie is actually true?
One of the trailers for the movie features actual interview snippets from the Perron family, and which parts of the film connect to real life. All of the demonic and paranormal activity in the film stems from the original owner of the house — a witch who sacrificed her newborn child, cursed the land, and hanged herself from a tree on the property. As the story in the film goes, whenever a family moved into the house, the witch would possess the mother of the household and force her to kill her children. If you're up for a scare (and some spoilers), we're here to talk about some of the creepiest moments of The Conjuring — and how accurately the actual events are portrayed. You might want to turn on all the lights or wait until it's the middle of the day before you read on.
While certain instances of physical manifestations in the house happen throughout the movie, most of the incidents in the first half are from spirits the characters can't see, but can smell and feel. The characters in the film describe the smell as "rancid meat," which comes from testimony of the Perron family. Check out this video, where Andrea Perron (played by Shanley Caswell in the film) says, "You could see them, you could smell them, the house was just full of people that lived there that were not us."
The Friendly Spirits
A few of the spirits in the house aren't evil at all, like the little boy who befriends the youngest daughter. In the trailer, the real-life April Perron (played by Kyla Deaver) says, "Because I was the youngest and the most vulnerable, I was approached more than anyone — and I actually had a relationship with that boy." Well, even if they're friendly and want to play, it doesn't mean they don't scare the crap out of the house's living inhabitants.
The real problem, of course, is the witch herself. The climax of the film happens when the mother, Carolyn (played by Lili Taylor) gets possessed by the witch. In the real-life interview, Andrea says, "I had gone to bed, I opened my eyes, the apparition started to come down to me." Looks like there are definitely moments the filmmakers pulled straight from the testimony.
The ending of the film — the possession and the ensuing exorcism — is something that hasn't been directly addressed by the real Perron family. There has been testimony about the witch taking a liking to the matriarch of the Perron family, but whether or not a real possession happened, the family hasn't stated. Was it invented by the filmmakers? Or is it still too terrifying to rehash 30 years later? One thing's for sure, the real Perron family doesn't see the film as an exaggeration. In the exact words of a letter Andrea Perron herself wrote, "The film is amazing and nothing anyone expects. It is a fair reflection of the chaos and danger we faced at the farm." What do you think?