The New Exorcist?: Strange Things Happened on the Set of The Conjuring


One of the cool things that came out of the press junket is that some pretty weird things happened to the cast and crew of The Conjuring.

For those of you who don’t know, The Conjuring follows the true story of Ed and Lorraine Warren when they are asked to help a family in crisis. The problem? A demonic witch who terrorized the Perron’s, a family who just bought a haunted house in the country.

The Warrens (Ed passed away a few years ago) are noted demonologists who helped people establish a haunting in their house or helped them to explain strange occurrences with natural causes. In the case of possession, they relied on their Roman Catholic faith and background by calling on a priest.

This gives the film an extra, scary vibe. Knowing something terrible happend to this family adds to the tension on the film, whether you believe in possession or not (I do).  Allow me to add to your unsettled feelings for the film but telling you about what I heard from the cast and crew. They experienced some pretty bizarre things during the filming.

Some Examples:

-When the screenwriters (The Hayes Brothers) worked with Lorraine Warren on the script, their conversations got cut off by strange sounds and static on the phone.  After a few moments,  the line would go dead.

-Late one night, when director Jame Wan worked on the script, his new puppy started staring at an empty corner and gave a vicious growl. Then, the dog’s head started following something all across the room while Wan could see nothing.

-When the real life family (The Perrons) visited the set in North Carolina, a strange wind whipped through the set. Not very odd until you consider the trees didn’t move at all.

-The mom from the family started to experience dark feelings, similar to the time of the incident portrayed in the film. She then tripped and suffered injuries that put her in the hospital.

-When Vera Farmiga, the actor who plays Lorraine Warren, opened up her computer to continue reading the script, she saw something on the screen that made her skin crawl; five claw marks across the screen. Farmiga said, “I don’t know how to explain it. I do know I hadn’t dropped the computer, my children didn’t step on it, so I closed it, put it away and my brain went berserk”.

So, there you have it. Strange stories indeed. I’ll end with a cool quote from James Wan, the director who has made scary movies before:

“On my other films (Saw, Insidious), it was comforting to tell myself those things weren’t real, I’d just made them up. But for The Conjuring, I didn’t have that luxury”.

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Jonathan Ryan is a novelist, blogger and columnist. His novel, 3 Gates of the Dead, published by Open Road Media, is in bookstores everywhere. The sequel, Dark Bride, will be out in April 2015

  • montanajack1948

    Really–that’s the best you’ve got? “Dark feelings,” someone tripping and getting hurt, phone service issues, a dog growling at nothing, a sudden breeze, and Norma Bates’ brain going berserk? I’ve been looking forward to “The Conjuring,” but it had better contain better and scarier moments than these supposedly “bizarre” incidents.

    • Author Jonathan Ryan

      I just report the news, Montana Jack.

      And, it does, don’t worry…..

  • maxxxem

    Yeah the strangest story about this movie is -If you slow the movie down as they are about to do the exorcist ( Patrick Wilson) doing the sign of the cross. look close at ( Ron Livingston ) blurred out face in the back ground and you will see a contorted ANGERY demonic face ! No kidding! A very scary looking face .. see for yourself if you don’t believe me