The story goes something like this: it's Enfield North London in 1977 and Peggy Hodgson and her four children live at 284 Green Street, in an ordinary house on an ordinary street. But then all heck breaks loose. After her two daughters, Peggy and Margaret, played with a ouija board, Peggy began encountering spooky things. She told The Daily Mail: "The next night, I heard screaming and banging coming from their room after they had gone to bed. When I went in, a heavy chest of drawers was sliding by itself across the floor, trying to block the doorway. The girls were terrified." And it only got worse. A strange knocking sound was heard coming from the walls. Her daughter Janet, claimed to have been possessed by the spirit of a man who had died in the house, sometimes speaking in a creepy, raspy male voice. There were reports that Janet levitated above her bed. Who you gonna call? Enter paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren.
And there you have the basics of the story told in The Conjuring 2. Released in June of 2016, it made nearly $200 million in less than two weeks. It follows on from the wildly successful 2013 film The Conjuring. That film told the story of the Perrons, a Rhode Island couple who claimed their farmhouse was haunted by the malevolent Bathsheba Witch. But, how much of all of this is fact and how much of it is fiction, or at least a cinematic stretching of the truth? Big plans are already being made for spin-offs. Read on; here are 15 things you didn't know about The Conjuring movies.
14 The Trailers For The Conjuring 2 Had Over 30 Million Views on YouTube
13 A Man Actually Died While Watching The Conjuring 2
12 James Wan Gave Up Mega Bucks To Direct The Conjuring 2
11 Both The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2 Are Based on Supposed Paranormal Investigations of Ed and Lorraine Warren
10 Spooky Happenings On The Set Of The First Movie Meant A Priest Was Called In For The Second Film
9 Both Films Have An R Rating
8 The Real Life Investigators In Both Conjuring Movies Were Also Involved In The Amityville Horror
7 Conjuring 2 Scene With Upside Down Crosses Was Made Up
6 The Nun Is Getting Her Own Movie
5 The Owners Of The New England House Featured In The First Movie Are Suing Warner Brothers
4 Over in England, The New Residents Of The Hodgson Home Featured in The Conjuring 2 Get Spooked and Move Out
3 Was There Really An Annabelle Doll?
2 The Man Whose Ghost Possesses Janet Hodgson Really Died In Their House
1 Was It All A Hoax?
What do you see? There are believers and there are non-believers. Ask Lorraine Warren and you will hear one story. Ask skeptics and get a different tale. Janet Hodgson herself told The Daily Mail that she had on occasion faked episodes to see if the investigators would catch her out. She said they always did. But she stands by her story that it was all too real and that the haunting drove her out of the house and caused her mother to have a nervous breakdown. Her version of events? Well, Bill Wilkins was not an evil spirit. He was just a ghost looking for peace who communicated through Peggy and her sister, Margaret. Janet believes the poltergeist is still in residence at 284 Green Street. Her advice to residents? If you want a quiet life, stay away from ouija boards.
Sources: dailymail.co.uk, historyvshollywood.com, moviepilot.com, usatoday.com
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