With all of the success and hype surrounding James Wan’s The Conjuring, you knew something like this was going to happen eventually. In a recent article on Woonsocket Call, it has been revealed that the current residents of the Harrisville, R.I. home are being disturbed by fans of the movie who want to take a peak at the house that inspired the film.
“We haven’t slept in days,” Norma Sutcliffe told The Call. “Because we wake up at 2 in the morning there are people with flashlights in our yard. People call on the phone and ask “is this ‘The Conjuring’ house?” I can imagine that being pretty damn annoying. Obviously there’s really no harm in being curious and wanting to see the house that inspired it all. Hell, I myself went and checked out the Amityville Horror house a few years ago that I admired from a distance. However, it only takes one nut job to turn curiosity into something much worse, which is exactly what the couple are afraid of.
“All it takes is one crazy to do something. There are already threats on the Internet that ‘wouldn’t it be fun to break into that house?’ Our barn is very vulnerable and there is a big story connected to the barn about supposed hangings. Can you see kids breaking in and doing a séance with candles and having it burn down?” She’s got a point there! That would not be something I’d want to wake up to in the morning.
So where does all the blame fall? Sutcliffe likes to think that it’s Warner Bros.’ fault. She says that they asked them to participate in interviews as the film was getting closer to its release (which they declined) and then went on to publish pictures of the house to promote the “true story” angle. From that moment on fans found it pretty easy to find the residence, and the visits haven’t stopped since.
The best part of the article is Sutcliffe’s reaction to the film after she saw it. “I just laughed at the whole thing. I thought it was so ironically ridiculous. I thought it was an insult to the Perrons.” Them’s fightin’ words! If you want to read more on this, be sure to check out the full article here.