Originally posted July 28, 2013
This situation is back in the news. See the update below.
This story is sad, an older couple is being harassed by people who are interested in the actual house featured in the hit movie The Conjuring.
Norma Sutcliffe does not believe in ghosts or haunted houses but she says “The Conjuring,” last week’s Number 1 box office cinema megahit, has put her in a horror movie of her own.
“The Conjuring” boasts of being “based on a true story” that happened in the 1730s-era house in Harrisville where Sutcliffe and her husband have lived for 25 years. Previous owners of the home, the Perron family, are the subjects of the movie. Sutcliffe said she had conversations with Andrea Perron, who wrote a trilogy of books about the supposed haunting she and her family endured before the movie went into production. She regrets even doing that now.
“We haven’t slept in days,” 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?” They have received other harassing phone calls as well, she said.
Sutliffe, who doesn’t want money or attention, refuses to go on TV shows to talk about it, she didn’t like the movie, she doesn’t appreciate people calling her unlisted phone number and fears that people will not only come onto their property uninvited but may deliberately break into the house.
What’s the harm in a haunted house “true story”? This kind of crap that the new owners have to live with.
As part of a surge in paranormal tourism, many places mentioned in these urban legends and ghost tales are destinations for interested thrill-seekers. I get that but am appalled that the tourists fail to comprehend that it’s not their right to trespass for their own interests. It’s someone else’s property. Have some respect.
Possibly the worst example of this is the people who bought the Amityville Horror house. Oh, they have no haunting problems. Never have. What does that say about the real “true” story?
UPDATE: (31-Jan-2014) It’s still going on. Probably will for years, I suspect.
The current owner is disgusted and she is speaking out.
Norma Sutcliffe says she does not believe that ghosts or spirits haunt her house. But the people trespassing on her property, bothering her neighbors and posting personal information on the Internet are very real.
Now Sutcliffe, and retired journalist Kent Spottswood, are attacking the accuracy of the historic events cited in the movie to explain the hauntings. “There were no murders, no suicides,” Sutcliffe said in a phone interview. “There’s no reason a ghost would exist in this house. … Leave us alone. It’s not real.”
She has to deal with property damage, trespassers and now threats and personal information about her on the internet. The article cites Lorraine Warren as instigating this crazy haunting story. Lorraine would not comment to the journalist. Nice. You start this rolling and people down the line have to pay for it. Disgusting.
Even Andrea Perron, who lived in the house, disputes the way the movie depicted the story. Yet, people buy that it’s TRUE.