The owners of the house that inspired the horror blockbuster, The Conjuring, are suing Warner Bros. claiming the movie is an invasion of privacy.
The Rhode Island couple who own the actual home claim that they have had multiple trespassers since the movie's release. As a result, they have had to install many different security features on the property. They are suing Warner Bros. for an undisclosed amount, saying they want to be reimbursed for these security updates. They are also seeking an undisclosed amount for "damages".
The couple claim that Warner Bros. never approached them while making the film. The Conjuring depicts the 18th-century farmhouse where the Parron family was possessed and haunted by evil spirits in the 1970s. They claim the story is completely fake, but fan boys believe otherwise.
This isn't the first time a homeowner has been tortured by Hollywood. For over 40 years, the owners of the infamous Amityville Horror house have been harassed, not by spirits, but by nosy fan boys. They have done some major remodeling and put up a fence around the property earlier this year... but it still doesn't seem to stop fans from taking the occasional picture. It's also important to note that the owners of this infamous house have never sued the filmmakers behind The Amityville Horror. They just suck it up!
The Conjuring grossed over $300 million in 2013, and the sequel is currently in production.
If you think about the situation from a legal stand point, I feel that both parties are in the right. The family being harassed never asked for this. This is an invasion of their privacy. However, Warner Bros. technically didn't break any laws. It is not illegal to turn someone's life story or house history into a movie. Morally, however, I think it would be right for Warner Bros. to give the home owners a little piece of the pie and move on.
Do you think the owners should receive compensation? Or should they just pack their bags and move? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!