The Conjuring

I wasn’t aware of this. Apparently the new movie The Conjuring is attempting to be The Exorcist 2.0, both in its subject matter and its intent.

Warren Peter Blatty, author of The Exorcist, wanted to drive home the reality of supernatural evil. That’s why he adapted a “true” story of possession and exorcism into his classic horror story.

Now director James Wan is attempting to do the same thing with The Conjuring.
From Real Clear Religion:

The Conjuring is truly horrifying because the Perron family is real. Ed and Lorraine Warren are real. The devil is real. God is real. And as writer Chad Hayes has said, “People should never be ignorant of demonic forces and think it can’t happen to them.”

Director James Wan spends nearly two hours trying to convince us of just that. The horrors of Harrisville, Rhode Island brought demonologist Ed Warren and his clairvoyant wife, Lorraine, to the Perron family home in 1971.

The Perron family is real. Just like the Lutz family from The Amityville Horror is real. Doesn’t change the fact that the story is fraudulent.

This is a very odd method of evangelism. I guess it’s basically the same message as a Hell House, but with better special effects. But in this era where everyone wants to tease us with “true stories” that are really based on bogus conspiracies (“Ancient Aliens”) or worn-out biological theories (“Mermaids”), I can’t imagine it will get much traction.

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  • Kevin S.

    It seems to be getting pretty good early reviews as a horror film, but I don’t think mainstream critics are buying it as a true story.

    • kessy_athena

      Who in their right mind would buy *anything* coming out of Hollywood as a true story?

  • Machintelligence

    I upset some friends who were into the supernatural when I attributed all of it to special effects. A few people will believe it, the rest will be entertained (to some degree.)

  • tdd68

    It was an okay ghost house flick. Not nearly as scary as the commercials would have you believe, but a fairly good take on the pretty standard ghost story tropes.

  • YesDavisIsMyFirstName

    Sadly its already getting too much traction for my taste… My pops presented this to me this past weekend as “Evidence” (I recently became an atheist and he’s trying to get me back). Apparently a certain Medved covered this particular flick and “verified” its authenticity so you can bet its credibility as a “true story” is going to spread far and wide…


    One only needs to think about the long list of things that have been presented as ‘true’.

  • BobaFuct

    When are they going to make a movie based on “The Shack”? Talk about scary….

  • PsiCop

    It’s true the Warrens did “investigate” a case in Harrisville, RI in 1970 or 71, but this movie has almost nothing to do with it.

    First, the Warrens were involved only for a short time. There was some kind of falling out between them and the family and they were sent packing relatively quickly.

    Second, the movie shows their daughter having been a young child at the time, but in reality their daughter was married with children for years already before that.

    Third, I’m not sure even the Warrens would have attempted an exorcism on their own. AFAIK that was something they left up to a priest.

    From what I understand this movie has little, if anything, to do with the Harrisville RI case … even if you accept that particular “haunting” happened as reported. This movie has MUCH more to do with The Exorcist and other related films, than that.

  • Freaky The Scary Snowman

    I watched The Conjuring Movie and saw that it was based on a true story that happened in Harrisville Rhode Island, so I decided to go check out the old farm house.