The Conjuring is a REAL nightmare for people living in the house

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.

Movie link conjures up nightmare for local family | The Woonsocket Call.

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.

Owner of R.I. ‘Conjuring’ house: Movie has made life a nightmare | Breaking News | providencejournal.com | The Providence Journal.

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.

  15 comments for “The Conjuring is a REAL nightmare for people living in the house

  1. Jim1950a
    July 28, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Start charging for entry. $30 per person?

    • July 28, 2013 at 3:24 PM

      They could but I’m sure not everyone likes the idea of opening their house to strangers. Is a lot of trouble. And your insurance company hates it, I imagine.

  2. Chris Howard
    July 28, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Never ceases to amaze me at the thoughtlessness of people.

    That said location scouts know these sorts of things happen, and most of the time the production company rep. informs the property owner that this sort of behavior can, and does, occur.

    It makes me wonder if the first round investment already was in place, and they had to go forward, regardless?

  3. July 28, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    I believe similiar things happened with the Amityville house…I feel bad for people who have to deal with their privacy being disturbed.

  4. Nos482
    July 28, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    They should put up a sign;
    “There are no ghosts here yet… but trespass and maybe YOU will haunt the site of your death!”
    And then hit the sign in the backside with a shotgun, just so those creeps know the owners mean business.

  5. Chris
    July 28, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Chris Howard: “That said location scouts know these sorts of things happen, and most of the time the production company rep. informs the property owner that this sort of behavior can, and does, occur.”

    That does not seem to be the filming location but the actual house the Perrons lived in for ten years. So no location scouts would have warned the present owners. Especially since the movie was filmed in North Carolina, several hundred miles away from Rhode Island.

    It does not take much sleuthing to look up a 1970s phone book with their name and town to get the address. Or even some dedicated lurking around satellite maps.

    I guess the only thing the present owners can do is put a message on their phone explaining they will only answer to those who identify themselves as persons they know. Then call the police whenever they see anyone trespassing on their property. At a minimum putting a sign saying that trespassers will be prosecuted, and there are no such thing as ghosts.

  6. Nos482
    July 28, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    @Bobby Nelson
    The fun thing with the Amityville house is, the spook-tourists were more interested in the house where the movie was made and not the one where the haunting allegedly happened… mistaking one for the other.

  7. Chris Howard
    July 28, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    @ my name sake. ;-) Thanks for the clarification. I think the disclaimer on these movies should read:

    “Based on a treatment of a story told third hand about an event, which may, or may not, have occurred and might, or might not, have a kernel of truth hidden in here somewhere.”

    I guess there’s no way for the people in the house to stop all of the harassment?

  8. Chris
    July 28, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    I just listened to this week’s “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me”, and they had this about using guard geese! Get a small flock and have them wander around the area near the street. And if the honking geese alarm doesn’t stop them, the goose poop will make them slip.

    Also, Chris Howard, my last name also starts with an “H.”

  9. Christian
    August 8, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    I saw the movie and I loved it. I think the movie is not the problem. The problem is the people who created the story that inspired the movie saying that all what happened was real.

  10. August 9, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Oh great. I’m one of the assholes that trespassed lol I had no idea people still lived there. But, they should charge people to enter. I bet a ton of people would pay to take a look around. They could probably make enough to move!

  11. Chris
    August 12, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    There is no reason to believe that the house was empty. A wee bit of advice: you can check the county property tax data online these days, which would give you information on when the house was sold, and who even lives in the house*. It is also very easy to check the property tax information on zillow.com. If the property taxes have been paid on time, stay away!

    Also if you put the address in Google, you can easily find if someone lives there (there are pages of addresses and who lives there).

    And someone else making a movie about a house that the characters moved out of over thirty years ago should not force the present owners to move! Especially since they would need to sell the house to recoup their investment. What you are asking is for them to take a very substantial financial loss of cash and/or privacy to support prurient curiosity. In short: trespassing is always a bad idea.

    Especially since there are no such things as ghosts.

    * This is a useful tool when you are about sell your own home and need an idea of the values of homes in your neighborhood, or buy in another one. Twenty two years ago when we were selling/buying to get a house with more than one bedroom, I actually had to go to the county building and consult maps and files, now it is all online. My neighbor told me about Zillow as a tool to come up with a equitable figure for her ex-husband to buy out his interest in what is now just her house.

  12. Whistler
    November 21, 2013 at 5:53 AM

    Oh, gee, another American film that couldn’t resist a racist subliminal in passing. Ed Warren is being interviewed by a black reporter whilst taking him through his museum. Ed refers to a toy monkey and lo the camera focuses on the face of the reporter. Something should really done about this crap.

  13. Lori
    January 25, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    I agreed with Chris, I live near the house and it’s very obvious that someone still lives there. How would that writer like someone walking through her property! btw, I’ve driven by and never once did I get out of the car to investigate.
    Lori

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