A big part of the reason why the first The Conjuring was so insanely petrifying was that it was based upon the true stories found within the case files of notorious demonologists, Ed and Lorraine Warren.
In the film, the Warren's are summoned to the Perron's secluded family home. The Perron's and their five daughters have recently moved into the large, old farmhouse where a supernatural presence has made itself known. The actions of the demons that lurk within soon escalate in horrifying fashion, especially after the Warrens discover the house's macabre history.
The film was a roaring success with critics, audiences, and the box office alike. So unsurprisingly, the creators announced that they have dipped back into the case files and a Conjuring 2 based upon on one of them is on its way.
As usual, curiosity got the better of me and just had to have a look at files for myself. Let me tell you, if they decide to use any of the stories I'm about to detail - things are about to get a whole scarier!
Read four terrifying true stories from the case files of demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren below. But first, here's the trailer for The Conjuring 2 to get you in the mood.
1. The Werewolf
Legendary demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren arrived in London in 1983 to investigate a particularly sinister case involving a man called Bill Ramsey.
Bill had been a very imaginative child. At 9-years-old, not unlike most kids, he would often spend hours playing in the backyard of their house. But one morning, as he played in the dirt, he felt much older and stronger. Bill later said he had a sudden realization that all of the things he was doing were incredibly childish. As if he was possessed by somebody much older. He became so enraged at what he was doing that he wildly uprooted the garden fence and hurled it across the garden. His parents attempted to calm him down but it only made him worse. He began to tear and destroy each fence post with his hands and teeth, growing like a wolf.
As Bill grew older the rage died down and things seemed to be getting better. He became a taxi driver, got married and had two children.
That was until one day, whilst driving his cab, he experienced tremendous chest pains and began to sweat all over. He glanced up at himself in the mirror and apparently saw he was noticeably hairier.
Bill was rushed to hospital but when he arrived he roared ferociously. The terrified nurses screamed but Bill grabbed one and bit her near the elbow. The wound was so deep that blood rushed out of her arm like water out of a tap.
This is when the Warren's were called. An exorcism was performed and according the investigation's case file, Bill let out one last growl before falling asleep. He awoke the next day with no recollection of what had happened.
2. The Smurl Family
The Warren's were called out to West Pittston, Pensylvania in 1986 after hearing of a family home that had been haunted for the last 5 years.
The unfortunate owners, the Smurl family, were subjected to a demon that caused loud noises and bad odors, threw their dog into a wall, shook their mattress, pushed one of their daughters down a flight of stairs, and physically and sexually assaulted them on several occasions.
According to Ed Warren, the demon that inhabited the Smurls home was one of the most powerful spirits he had ever encountered and that it shook mirrors and furniture after they tried to persuade it to leave by playing religious music and praying. The demon even once left a message in a steamed-up mirror, reading, "get out!"
3. The Demon Murder
In early 1981, Ed and Lorraine were called to Brookfield, Connecticut, to deal with an alleged demonic possession of a young boy.
The boy, 11-year-old David of the Johnson family, had been subjected to a number of ordeals including visions of evil entities, wild screams, muttering in Latin.
When the Warren's investigated and carried out an exorcism, they concluded that the boy had been freed from the demon's grasp but that it had fled to his father in-law, Arne Johnson.
Later that year, Arne Johnson brutally murdered his landlord, Alan Bono.
The Warrens subsequently claimed that Johnson was also possessed. At trial, Johnson attempted to plead "Not Guilty" by "Reason of Demonic Possession", but was unsuccessful with his plea.
4. The Enfield Poltergeist
This scary tale is strongly rumored to be the story upon which The Conjuring 2 will be based, albeit set in the United States rather than the United Kingdom.
The notorious Enfield Poltergeist held the entire British nation gripped in fear. It puzzled policemen, psychics, experts in the occult and paranormal, and hardened newspaper reporters alike.
It was the most petrifying supernatural case in history. It involved levitation, furniture being moved through the air, and flying objects swirling towards witnesses. There were cold breezes, physical assaults, graffiti, water appearing on the floor, and even claims of matches spontaneously bursting into flame.
The occurrences took place in Enfield, United Kingdom at the home of the divorced Margaret Hodgson and her children Peggy, thirteen; Janet, eleven; Johnny, ten.
It all started when the children began to hear knocking sounds and witness their beds shaking uncontrollably throughout the night. When their concerned mother phoned the police, an officer witnessed a chair wobble and slide but could not understand why. The next morning, the children's toys began to “zoom out of thin air and bounce off the walls.”
Paranormals experts were finally called after a report suggesting one of the children had levitated aggressively whilst sleeping!
Hence, the Warren's were again called to England. They confirmed what had been reported. Ed said that Janet was at least once was “sound asleep, levitating in midair”.