“The Conjuring, which hits theaters nationwide today, examines the 1971 haunting of the Perron family -- parents Carolyn and Roger, children Andrea, Cynthia, Nancy, April and Christine -- the attempted exorcism by famed paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. Andrea documented her family’s ordeal in a book series called “House of Darkness House of Light: The True Story,” and “The Conjuring” doesn't stray too far from the source.
Check out these five major points in the movie and their true-event parallels.
WARNING: SPOILERS (AND SCARY S**T) ALL UP IN HERE!
The Annabelle Doll
In the movie: Two nurses/roomies have a doll, Annabelle, they believe is possessed by a demon. They realize Annabelle can move by herself and find a note she wrote that says “Miss me?” They throw the doll away in fear, only to find it back in their apartment later.
In real life: Annabelle is a Raggedy Ann doll that a mother purchased as a gift for her daughter Donna in 1970. According to the New England Society for Psychic Research, Donna and her roommate became fearful of the doll when it started moving on its own and writing notes. The Warrens have the doll now, and Ed—who passed in 2006—claimed Annabelle killed a young man who “challenged the doll to do its worst. And it did.” Chucky, who?
In the movie: The Perrons discover an old cellar in the house; however, this is no playground. The cellar is the source of many of the movie's creepiest paranormal happenings.
In real life: In an interview/trailer for "The Conjuring," Carolyn said the cellar was the place in the house with the biggest "sense of dread." Christine agreed, saying "you don't go there!" It was in the cellar where the Perrons could really feel the movement of spirits, much like when Carolyn hears clapping in the film.
A Satanic, Child-Murdering Witch
In the movie: Carolyn starts getting random, painful bruises all over her body with no explanation. Turns out, a devil-worshiping witch demon is not too pleased with Carolyn's presence in the house and is determined to possess her and kill her children.
In real life: In a speech promoting her book, Andrea claims a colonial woman named Bathsheba Sherman killed a baby she was in charge of by impaling its skull with a needle; she then faced accusations of Satanic witchcraft. Andrea says Bathsheba's spirit felt threatened when Carolyn moved in and she later stabbed Carolyn's back leg with a needle.
In the movie: The youngest daughter April tells Carolyn she's befriended a boy who she can see whenever the mirror on her windup toy stops spinning. Sure enough, a sad, pale youngster appears.
In real life: Not only does the real April confirm she had a relationship with the ghost boy, there was also a little girl who the Perron daughters repeatedly recall seeing. According to Andrea, the ghost girl would either appear healthy and wearing a velvet-green dress or emaciated and crying for her mother.
Don't You See It?
In the movie: Christine feels something tugging at her bed and then sees a ghost standing right behind her sister in their bedroom. The ghost tells Christine that it wants her family dead.
In real life: Andrea recalls instances where her little sisters would crawl into her bed because they heard voices and sensed movement. Cynthia once told Andrea the voices were chanting in unison, "there are seven dead soldiers buried in your wall."
So in a nutsehll... Yikes! "The Conjuring" is now playing for your scaring pleasure.