Everyone has a love-hate relationship with horror movies based on true stories. Well, James Wan's The Conjuring 2 is no different, as the plot revolves around the misfortunes of the Hodgson family in 1977.
In a featurette for The Conjuring 2, members of the real Hodgson family revisited their former Poltergeist-filled home. This brought back a whole lot of suppressed and unwanted memories from their childhood:
Nicknamed "England's Amityville," the infamous “Enfield Poltergeist” inhabited a council house in Brimsdown village, borough of Enfield, England. The Conjuring Producer Peter Safran refers to the real-life events that took place there:
"It is certainly one of the best-known examples, and the most documented examples, of supernatural possession."
The story revolves around single mother Peggy Hodgson. Peggy feared for her life and the lives of her four children, ranging in ages from 7 to 13. The lived altogether in her rented Enfield house. The Hodgson kids claimed the furniture was mysteriously moving and they could hear knocking sounds on the walls.
Peggy called the police in the summer of '79, which led to a female police constable witnessing a chair slide across the floor. However, the constable could not be certain it had not been pushed by someone.
The claims only worsened, eventually involving more loud noises, demonic-sounding voices, rocks and toys being thrown around, overturned furniture, and most frightening of all, levitating children.
The siblings, in particular Janet, age 11, were believed to be victims of demonic possession. American paranormal investigator Ed Warren claimed one of the children was levitating while supposedly asleep.
Peggy called the newspapers in an effort to receive more attention, hoping someone would come to their rescue. The story was covered in several British newspapers including Daily Mail and Daily Mirror. All of a sudden, the reports came to an end in 1979.
Do you believe in the true story of the Enfield Poltergeist?
Sources: Bloody Disgusting