Norma Sutcliffe and her husband, who wishes to remain unnamed, have been experiencing one long nightmare since the 2013 release of The Conjuring. Fans of the film began trespassing onto the property after the film came out because they wanted to see the house for themselves. Some of them even posted online that it would be to actually break in, the couple found.
Norma and her husband would often wake up in the middle of the night to find people on their property with flashlights. Despite posting signs prohibiting trespassing, fans keep walking onto their property and it's dozens per month today. After two years of this, the couple has decided to sue the Warner Bros. film studio for monetary damages and are looking into a security system for the home as well as a security plan.
The Sutcliffe's say they didn't know the film would be made in the first place - and deny that the house has ever been haunted - and that the publicists for The Conjuring released photos of their home without their knowledge or consent. They have contacted a lawyer about their film-induced nightmare before, who told them that Warner Bros. had surely attained strong protection from any legal action. Now, they're going through with the lawsuit, but Warner Bros. says they haven't seen it yet.
They have said in the past that they don't want any part in the film's profits. Rather, they simply want to be left alone, but now it has gotten to a point where they have to sue to have their deserved peace. I'm not sure why they didn't take alternative measures before, such as putting up a fence around the parameter with signs not only prohibiting trespassers but also guaranteeing legal action - and possibly being shot (I'm sure that would scare people off). A simple "No Trespassing" sign often isn't enough to ward people off from private property, unfortunately.
Why people feel they have a right to just walk onto someone's property, especially at all hours of the night, is beyond me. Many have commented on this story on other websites, saying the couple should be offering tours for a price if people want to see the house that bad, since they'd at least make money that way. But keep in mind that these two are an elderly couple - late '60s and early 70s - who both have health problems and now cannot sleep due to these disturbances. They don't deserve to be experiencing this. While I don't know if they truly had no knowledge of the film's making, they do have a right to sue - but I'm don't feel that suing the studio is the right thing to do. Maybe those who trespass, but the studio?...