Are The Conjuring movies connected?
Are you a fan of The Conjuring movies? On Feb. 21, Netflix added the first two movies in The Conjuring universe so far, The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2. (There are also several spinoffs, including The Nun and the Annabelle movies, neither of which are on Netflix at this time.)
This is perfect because it gives those of us who want to revisit the first two movies in the franchise plenty of time to watch ahead of the release of The Conjuring 3, which was supposed to be released in 2020. As you know, the pandemic delayed that release date.
The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It is now set to be released in theaters and on HBO Max on June 4, 2021.
Like the first two, The Conjuring 3 will also be based on a true story.
And that’s perhaps what makes The Conjuring movies even more frightening, isn’t it? They’re inspired by real-life events and the real cases that the husband and wife paranormal team of Ed and Lorraine Warren investigated. (Of course, Hollywood glammed them up a bit —or perhaps a lot.)
Let’s take a look at the true stories behind each of The Conjuring movies.
What is the true story behind The Conjuring?
In the first movie, we meet the Warrens —and also Annabelle, though she’s more of a sub-plot in this movie. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga portray Ed and Lorraine Warren.
The Warrens are called in to help the Perron family. Lili Taylor portrays Carolyn Perron and Ron Livingston plays Roger Perron, a husband and wife with five children who, in 1971, really moved into an old farmhouse in Harrisville, Rhode Island, called the Old Arnold Estate.
Shortly after moving in, they started experiencing paranormal activity. In the movie, everything happens fast, including the escalating intensity and threat from the spirits.
But in an interview with USA Today, the oldest of the five children, Andrea Perron (who’s played by Shanley Caswell in the movie), explained that while it was terrifying at times, they didn’t flee right away. In fact, it was a few years, not until 1974, before the Warrens even came to investigate. The Perrons didn’t sell the house until 1980.
Also interesting to note is that there are two Conjuring houses: the real one the Perrons lived in and the “stunt double” used for the movie that’s in North Carolina.
Is the home the Perrons lived in really haunted? Andrea swears up and down what she and her family experienced really happened. She even wrote three books about it. However, the people who have lived in the Old Arnold Estate after say they didn’t experience any activity.
That didn’t deter the Conjuring house’s new owners, the Heinzens, to snatch it up when it went on the market again in 2019. Paranormal investigators themselves, the Heinzens believe the house is haunted and have even found a way to cash in on the home that they’ve given a tagline: “The house that started a franchise.”
They call it The House on Round Top Road and offer weekend and weekday investigations for those interested in examining the house up close and personal for themselves. To learn more, visit theconjuringhouse.com.