If you haven't seen The Conjuring yet, you should get on that. The Conjuring is a 2013 horror movie based on the real-life paranormal investigation of the Perron family by paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. The true story revolves about The Perron's and their five daughters. Having recently moved into a secluded farmhouse, a supernatural presence has made itself known. Though the manifestations are relatively benign at first, events soon escalate in horrifying fashion, especially after the Perron's hire the Warren's to rid their home of the evil spirits that live within. It's a great true-story horror flick with a fascinating history behind it. Specifically the history of Ed and Lorraine Warren.
QUICK HISTORY LESSON!
According to Wikipedia "Edward "Ed" Warren (September 7, 1926 – August 23, 2006) and Lorraine Rita Warren (born January 31, 1927) were American paranormal investigators and authors associated with prominent cases of haunting. Ed was a World War II United States Navy veteran and former police officer who became a self-taught demonologist, author, and lecturer. His wife Lorraine is a professed clairvoyant and a light trance medium who worked closely with her husband."
"In 1952, the Warrens founded the New England Society for Psychic Research, the oldest ghost hunting group in New England. They are the authors of numerous books about the paranormal and about their private investigations into various reports of paranormal activity. They claimed to have investigated over 10,000 cases during their career. The Warrens were among the very first investigators in the controversial Amityville haunting (we'll get back to that soon). According to the Warrens, the N.E.S.P.R. utilizes a variety of individuals, including medical doctors, researchers, police officers, nurses, college students and members of the clergy in its investigations."
The Warrens are best known for their involvement in the 1976 Amityville Horror case in which Long Island couple George and Kathy Lutz claimed that their house was haunted by a violent, demonic presence so intense that it eventually drove them out of their home. The Amityville Horror Conspiracy authors Stephen and Roxanne Kaplan characterized the case as a hoax. Lorraine Warren told a reporter for The Express-Times newspaper that the Amityville Horror was not a hoax, and her experience in Amityville has lived with her ever since. The reported haunting was the basis for the 1977 book, The Amityville Horror, and the 1979 horror movie franchise of the same name.
What happened in Amityville: On the night of November 14th, 1974, Ronald DeFeo Jr murdered his entire family in his Long Island home in Amityville, New York. He claimed that demons possessed him and told him to do it. Fast forward a year later, the Lutz family moved into the same home. They lasted only 28 days in the house before fleeing for their lives. They claimed that the house was excruciatingly haunted, and whatever paranormal force lived in there with them, drove them out. The Warren's are most notably famous for the investigation of the Amityville home. It is said to be their most infamous investigation they've ever conducted in their long careers as paranormal investigators.
Now that you know a little more about the Warren's and their experience with Amityville, let's jump right along to the end of The Conjuring. (No spoilers, no worries). After the events in The Conjuring come to a conclusion, we see Ed and Lorraine Warren return to their home in Connecticut. Upon return, we see Lorraine enter the room to confront Ed. While they both leave the room together, Lorraine says one line that ends the movie. This one line that made me, a HUGE Amityville Horror fan/Long Islander jump up in joy. She says, "The Vatican approved the exorcism. And if we can, he'd like to meet us tomorrow. There's a case in Long Island he'd like to discuss."
HOLY MOTHER OF GOD THEY'RE REFERENCING AMITYVILLE!
Check out the scene right here and let the goosebumps roll! (Sorry this was the only video I could find of the scene on youtube). Skip along to 4:10 to watch!
UUUGGGGGHHHHHHH I LOVE IT. My only criticism is that we Long Islanders do not live IN Long Island. We live ON Long Island. But anyways.
If you check out my last post, "Why I Love the Amityville Horror Franchise" then you'll see why I am IN LOVE with this one scene in The Conjuring!
The Conjuring 2
Now, a Conjuring sequel is in the works, however it will not be taking place in good ol' Amityville, New York. Instead, it appears that it will be taking place in Enfield, England. The sequel will be titled "The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergiest." It will follow the true story of Ed and Lorraine Warren's paranormal investigation on poltergeist activity at a council house in Brimsdown village, borough of Enfield, England.
Of course I am pretty disappointed that they didn't go the Amityville route, however, I am still psyched to see another Conjuring movie as it is! So this looks to be the end of Amityville...or is it?
One more quick history lesson, then i'll dismiss the class. The first conjuring movie, the Enfield poltergiest and the Amityville Horror are all three very real paranormal happenings that were investigated by Ed and Lorraine Warren in the 1970's. If we're going in order, which the films appear to be doing, the first Conjuring movie takes place in 1970, as does the real investigation the Warrens did on the Perron's home, which the movie is based on. Fast forward 7 years later in the real world to 1977. This was when the real Ed and Lorraine Warren investigated the Enfield Poltergeist. Assuming "The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist" will take place in 1977, the Warren's real-life investigations will occur during the same time period in the movies.
Now I know this is a lot to take in, but hold on for just another minute! The real-life Amityville case was investigated by the Warrens in 1976. One year prior to the Enfield Poltergeist. Which means, if the Conjuring movies keep an accurate timeline to the Warren's real life investigations, Ed and Lorraine, in The Conjuring 2, would have already investigated Amityville. WHICH MEANS......We're in for some pretty dope Amityville references, possible flashbacks, or maybe if we're super duper lucky...an Amityville/Conjuring prequel. Which sounds pretty far fetched, but remember, the Annabelle movie is a prequel/spin-off from the first Conjuring movie, so prequels are already in this cinematic world's mix. One can only hope and dream of a Conjuring 3 film about Ed and Lorraine Warren's investigation at the notorious Amityville Horror house.
So why should the next Conjuring film take place in Amityville? Because it's the freakin' Amityville Horror! Now, there are so many Amityville Horror movies out there, the most recent one scheduled to be released sometime this year, but none of these Amityville sequels/remakes/spinoffs are nowhere nearly as good as the original Amityville Horror movie from 1979. And any horror movie fan will tell you that the original Amityville Horror is an absolute classic. The Conjuring movie was so good at bringing this real-life relatively unknown true horror story to film, just think of how a classic horror movie like the Amityville Horror could be like, Conjurised! (I made that word up). It would be incredible! Lorraine using her special abilities to speak to the demons within the house, learning about the dreadful DeFeo murders, and bringing back the Lutz family from the original Amityville Horror! I can't get enough of that Amityville. Now as I mentioned in my previous article, "Why I Love the Amityville Horror Franchise," i'm a huge Amityville fan and a Long Islander, so the idea of my favorite horror movie joining the likes of The Conjuring is much more amazing to me then it probably is to others, but I still believe it would an incredible movie to add to the Conjuring cinematic universe.
And that's all I have to say about that. Thank you so much for reading this through! Here's to a great future of great horror flicks and spooky story telling!