Current owners of The Conjuring house haven’t slept in days

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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.

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28 thoughts on “Current owners of The Conjuring house haven’t slept in days

  1. Geez, sounds crazy and annoying; I would have thought Warner Brothers would make sure the real house info. wasn’t leaked…

    So how close did you get to the Amityville House? See anything interesting?

    1. I got pretty close to it. Just drove up by it and stared at it for a while haha! It looks just like any other house really, and it wasn’t creepy at all. Very cool though, I’ll say that much!

      1. Was someone living in the house, or was it vacant? If it were vacant, would you approach it and go inside?

      2. lol it was definitely occupied! It looks really nice actually and has been redone from top to bottom. You can probably find pics online. It was actually just recently up for sale. If no one was living there I don’t think I would have gone inside. I’ve seen way to many horror movies to do that!

      3. LOL. I don’t blame you, I wouldn’t either.

        Did your ratty theater get The Conjuring this week? I hope you don’t have to keep waiting.

  2. Yeah I knew she was close with the Perrons… but weird that the Perrons love and support the film, though I realize it is wise that Andrea Perron approves, with her books out with the supposed real story. I’m actually reading the first one now and though it is a bit different so far, it is fantastic. I’ve blogged about the movie and books and I am feeling a bit of guilt for playing a part in the hype that is so negatively affecting the current owners. Never gave names or addresses out though. So unfortunate.

    1. Yea it’s really unfortunate, especially because they are an older couple. Hopefully things die down for them soon now that they’ve expressed their feelings.

    1. Lol yea I sure did! It was very cool to see it but not nearly as creepy as you would think. The house is actually very beautiful now. They fixed it up nicely.

      1. Unless of course you got the wrong address. lol.

        That’d be a funny comedy scene: a guy thinks he’s bold and confronts a “haunted house” and afterwards tells everyone it’s not so bad, and was actually quite nice, etc. – and then it turns out he had the wrong house. lol.

      2. Hahaha! Well, they did change the address on the house to keep people from going to the right one (a lot of the houses in the neighborhood look the same) so I could see that actually happening to someone lol.

  3. That’s a shame that they couldn’t keep the address secret. How annoying for the owners! Of course, I’d never live in a house with some sort of spooky history. No way!!! I hope to see this when it comes out here.

  4. Reblogged this on HORROR BOOM and commented:
    A different kind of nightmare caused by The Conjuring. Not cool, whoever is doing this. If it were our house, I’d probably dress up as Bathsheba, get on an upper floor, and then wait until they got juuuuust close enough and then leap out at them, setting off some ear-splitting blaring siren off at the same time. OK, actually, that’d probably be counter-productive (but it would be fun if you had gotten really fed up). Let’s hope anyone curious is respectful and just pays a visit from a respectful distance.

  5. Good review Ryan. Yeah, it’s a pretty freaky flick at times. However, I had tons a fun with it. A lot more than any other horror flick I can remember in recent time.

  6. Lol, I feel bad for the family but they must have given the studio permission to use their house at some point so they’re not totally blameless. I’ll probably be seeing this in a few days, it might be a tie with Evil Dead for Best Horror Movie of 2013 methinks

    1. Yea you’re probably right. Also, it’s not terribly difficult to find anything on the internet so people would have found the house regardless. I havn’t seen The Conjuring yet either (my theater didnt get it) but I can’t wait to check it out. Hearing only great things so far!

  7. Houses such as this one are not haunted houses. They are nothing less than possessed houses. I lived in a haunted house as a teen, and I was always hoping that the harmless spooks would do something else abnormal. I was interested in the paranormal and in this from a learning standpoint but entertained as well. The spooks were never a threat, and the house did not cause any sense of fear.

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