The Conjuring (2013) Poster



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  • Just after the Perron family—father Roger (Ron Livingston), mother Carolyn (Lili Taylor), and their five daughters, Andrea (Shanley Caswell), Nancy (Hayley McFarland), Christine (Joey King), Cindy (Mackenzie Foy), and April (Kyla Deaver)—move into an old farmhouse in Harrisville, Rhode Island in 1971, they begin experiencing strange noises, nightmares, slamming doors, sleepingwalking, bruises, foul odors, and ghostly figures, so they call upon noted paranormal investigators Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) Warren for help. Edit

  • The Conjuring was filmed from a screenplay by American writers and twin brothers Chad and Carey Hayes. The Perrons' eldest daughter Andrea subsequently wrote a book about the experience, titled House of Darkness House of Light, published in 2011. The Conjuring was followed by The Conjuring 2 (2016). Edit

  • In the opening sequence, it notes that the film is "based on a true story". The actual screenplay is loosely based on real paranormal investigators/demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren's account of the events surrounding the case of what they call "the Harrisville Haunting" as well as information that the real Carolyn Perron provided to the producers. In addition, Lorraine Warren acted as a consultant during the filming and appeared on set to offer guidance. She has a cameo as an elderly woman seated in the front row of the audience, seen when Ed begins the description of the three stages of demonic activity: infestation, oppression, and possession. Edit

  • Carolyn, now possessed by Bathsheba, takes Christine and April back to the house. Roger, the Warrens and their assistant Drew (Shannon Kook), and Officer Brad (John Brotherton) rush to the house where they find Carolyn in the cellar trying to stab Christine with scissors. They subdue Carolyn by covering her with a sheet and tying her to a chair. Ed decides to perform the exorcism himself, while Carolyn/Bathsheba writhes and screams and ultimately breaks out of the chair. She goes looking to kill April, who is hiding under the kitchen floorboards, but Lorraine is able to distract Carolyn by reminding her of the memory of her family on the beach and of how much she loves her girls. In the meantime, Ed is able to complete the exorcism. The next morning, as Roger leads Carolyn out into the sun, they notice that the bruises on her arms are fading away. 'It's over,' Roger tells her, and the family embraces each other. Ed and Lorraine return home and learn that the Vatican approved the exorcism and that their help is needed on another case on Long Island. In the final scene, Ed places the music box on a shelf in his room of artifacts and closes the door. The music box starts to play on its own. Edit

  • Although they aren't mentioned in the movie, the Warrens' most well-known case is probably the Amityville, Long Island incident that resulted in the 1979 movie The Amityville Horror (1979) and a remake, The Amityville Horror (2005). Other movies that stem from the Warren investigations include The Haunting in Connecticut (2009), Annabelle (2014), and The Haunted (1991). Edit



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