Real-Life Haunting in 'Conjuring' Trailer Will Give You Chills (VIDEO)

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The ConjuringThis past weekend I was in the theater to see World War Z (superfast review: the book is better, but the movie isn't half bad on its own) and I saw the trailer for The Conjuring. I have to tell you, I'm a big horror fan, but I had to watch the damn thing while peeking between my fingers, since I had my hands held over my eyes in my patented Protective Viewing Method Which Soothes Via Peripheral Blockage. And this was a trailer, for crying out loud.

What's interesting about The Conjuring is that it reportedly earned its R rating not through violence or gore or sexual content, but for the simple fact that it's seriously scary. Having seen the clip, I believe it -- I only saw a couple scenes, but the tension was cranked so high the inevitable jump-out-of-your-seat moment had quite the impact.

There's another interesting thing about The Conjuring, and that's this: the whole terrifying supernatural story is reportedly based on actual events that happened over 20 years ago.

The Conjuring, which is directed by James Wan (director of both Saw and Insidious), is "based on a true story” about the Perron family. In 1970, the Perrons claim they were terrorized by demonic entities which ghost hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren (played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga in the movie) were called upon to investigate.

According to Andrea Perron,

My mom just wanted a place in the country to raise her kids. It is an extraordinary place. We started seeing spirits as soon as we moved into the house. Most of them were completely benign and some of them didn’t even seem to notice we were there, but eight generations lived and died in that house prior to our arrival and some of them never left.

At first the activity seemed to be harmless, but after a seance accidentally called forth a vengeful spirit called Bathsheba, it began to terrorize the mother, appearing to her in the night with "a gruesome, misshapen face and a broken neck." Perron said,

What she put my mother through, no human being should ever have to endure. (…) When she would appear to my mother, I would see the encounter in a dream state at the same time it was occurring, though I was rendered immobile and helpless to offer any assistance while she was appearing to torment my mother.

Her mother once described Bathsheba thusly:

Its head was leaning off to one side. It was round and gray, resembling a desiccated hornet’s nest. I couldn’t see anything underneath it… no eyes or mouth…it looked like the cobwebs hanging in the corners of the cellar.

Andrea Perron waited thirty years to tell her story, finally releasing a book titled House of Darkness House of Light: The True Story. She says each member of her family saw the spirits -- along with everyone who lived in the house before them and those who have lived in the house since.

Everyone who has lived in the house that we know of has experienced some type of supernatural phenomena. Some have left screaming and running for their lives. The man who moved in to begin restoration on the house when we sold it left screaming, without his car, without his tools, without his clothing. He never went back to the house and consequently the people who owned it, the adjacent landowners, moved in only briefly and it sat vacant for years.

The screenplay for The Conjuring is based on paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren's case files as well as information that Ms. Perron provided to the producers. Interestingly, the Perrons themselves appear in the most recent trailer for the movie.

Here's the clip I saw in the theater (the one that almost DID make me jump out of my seat -- gahhhh, the clapping hands!):

And here's the trailer featuring the Perron family:

What do you think? Do you believe any of this story is actually true? Either way, will you see the movie when it comes out on July 19th?

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bills... billsfan1104

Omg I was just talking about this. The trailers scare the fuck out of me. I believe in demonic spirits, so a quiji board is not allowed me house, I will never buy a house with Ammittyville type windows, a ghost tells me to get out, I am leaving like the guy did in your article. I would leave my shit there too, because I believe spirits travel I now will never buy a clapper because of the trailer to this movie, where the demon claps twice. Too close to the clapper. I have to close my eyes to this trailer too

Nelli... NellieAthome

Ouija boards are not toys.

bills... billsfan1104

Linda, the clapping scares the fuck out of me too. That why I said I won't get a clapper anymore. Hahhha

Wendi Phillips

Definitely no Ouija in our house.
I saw the commercial for this on tv and it scared the pee out of me!
My question,if kids aren't allowed in theaters to see these movies why can they show these commercials?
And it was longer than most commercials

nonmember avatar alicia

I want to see this movie SO BAD I love true espired movies....and most of the times I've seen the preview is well after my kids are in bed.....I can't wait but sadly I uave to ill of just had a far as ouiji boards the don't bother me and I believe in spirits and the unnatural

Jai Hutto

This movie looks so bad ass! I own my own paranormal investigation group and I am a huge fan of the Warrens' work. In defense of Oiuja boards, I would like to say this. I understand that they can be scary because by using one you ARE inviting spirits to communicate with you....JUST like using an EVP, scrying or even using dousing rods. They are instruments used contact spirits...some are good and some are not. But no instrument is worse than the others or more likely to invite unwanted spirits over for dinner without and invitation. I have used ouja boards countless times and I have never had anything negative come home with me or anyone with me.

femal... femaleMIKE

I don't believe the story is true at all. 

I want to watch it, I love scary movies.  I am due with my baby anyday now, so I probably will have to wait for it to go on DVD.

femal... femaleMIKE

I did grow up in a house that I think is haunted.  Its just not as dramatic as TV makes it seem, which is why I don't believe this story is true.

Kelly Walters

I'd never heard of this particular haunting.  I just bougt the book on the Kindle, I think the eldest daughter wrote it.  It's very asorbing.   The fascinating thing about it is how hard they fought for the farm.  They weren't in a good finacial position to buy it to begin with, but they wanted their daughters out of the city that was going downhill and fell in love with the farm and its location.  They stayed for ten years.  

Whatever you may think of this sort of thing, these people believe it happened.

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