Granted, it does seem like the majority of modern horror films are based on a true story. Although the tagline has lost most of its impact, the upcoming Conjuring 2 is based on a legitimately terrifying real life case: the Enfield Poltergeist Haunting.
Although admittedly some aspects of the story have been exaggerated for the big screen, the events that took place in the London borough of Enfield between 1977 and 1978 are the stuff of nightmares.
Leave any skepticism at the door, and read on; for as improbable as the circumstances sound, they are well documented and very, very creepy.
The Events Began On 30th August 1977
A family of five lived in the house, made up of single mother Peggy and children Margaret, 12, Janet, 11, Johnny, 10, and Billy, 7. One evening, Janet claimed that her brother's bed was moving.
The Next Evening, A Chest Of Drawers Was Moved By An Invisible Force, And Couldn't Be Shifted
And this was just the beginning. As well as the knocking sound, lego bricks began flying mysteriously across the room, pools of water appeared out of nowhere, and matches ignited all by themselves.
The family, growing concerned, asked a neighbor Vic Nottingham for help. He too corroborated the story. He said:
"I went in there and I couldn't make out these noises — there was a knocking on the wall, in the bedroom, on the ceiling. I was beginning to get a bit frightened.”
A British Newspaper Took A Photograph Of Janet Levitating
In the movie, Janet is shown to be pinned to the ceiling by an invisible force. Although this didn't happen in real life, Janet did claim to experience horrifying incidents where she would levitate, held by the force of the poltergeist.
Janet claims during one incident that she was spinning in the air so violently, she was concerned she was going to be thrown out of the window, which would've probably caused her death.
The above image was captured when British tabloid photographer Graham Morris visited the family.
In Another Interview, Janet Talks In A Possessed Voice
As part of a documentary made in 1980, Janet and her sister Margaret are interviewed. At the beginning, Janet speaks in an unnatural voice, while in the middle the knocking, that the family complained about so often, can be heard.
The Most Chilling Incident Occurred When Janet Spoke Of A Man Who Died In The House
The above original audio recording above captured Janet speaking in a unnerving, husky voice. While channeling the apparent poltergeist, she said:
"Just before I died, I went blind. And then I had a hemorrhage and I fell asleep and I died in the chair in the corner downstairs."
She also claimed her name was Bill Wilkins. The weirdest bit? When Bill's son was tracked down, he confirmed his father had lived in the house, and died in a similar way in the downstairs armchair.
Can you feel the chills?
'Conjuring 2' is released on 16th June 2016.
Do you believe the story of the Enfield Poltergeist Haunting?
Via: History v Hollywood