If you’ve seen the movie The Conjuring, there is a chance that you have heard of Ed and Lorraine Warren. It’s additionally possible if you’ve seen The Conjuring 2, Annabelle, The Nun, or essentially any film in which that creepy-ass Annabelle doll makes an appearance.
The film The Conjuring is an adaptation of a rather fucking terrifying event that actually happened in 1971 when Carolyn and Roger Perron and their five daughters moved to Harrisville, Rhode Island to occupy a farmhouse. The family started noticing some odd things, such as objects moving around and unexplained noises.
Things dramatically escalated in the house, which is when Ed and Lorraine Warren came into the picture. I don’t want to ruin the movie for anyone who hasn’t seen it, because it is one of the best horror movies I’ve ever seen. It is astoundingly terrifying because it depicts the demonic possession of some members of the Perron family so realistically, and further, because Lorraine Warren aided in the production of the film to ensure nothing was dramatized. The Warrens were able to help the family to the best of their ability.
Here are some pretty interesting facts about the Warrens, courtesy of travelchannel.com.
“Both Ed and Lorraine’s interest in the paranormal started early. As a boy, Ed grew up in a house he believed was haunted. Lorraine began to notice her clairvoyant abilities at a young age as well. As a child, Ed recalled doors opening on their own, and strange lights starting to form in his house. Lorraine recalled her first experiences around nine. She remembered seeing auras around people but assumed this was normal.
“Ed Warren was a fine arts painter. The couple used his painting skills as a way to gain entry into houses they wanted to investigate. They would research houses they believed to be haunted, then drive to the house. After Ed painted the house, he would hand the painting to Lorraine. She would knock on the door and offer the homeowners the painting as their ticket into the house. Once she struck up a conversation with the homeowner, they would learn more about the property and hauntings. This process was how their investigative career began.
“While the Warrens gained popularity, they also gained critics. In an effort to prove her abilities were not faked, Lorraine underwent scientific testing by parapsychologists at UCLA. The team of scientists that examined Lorraine was led by Dr. Thelma Moss. After extensive studies, they determined Lorraine was a ‘light trance medium.’
“Ed and Lorraine were both devout Roman Catholics – and Ed was eventually recognized as the only Catholic lay expert on demonology. Their devout faith included an inherent belief in the supernatural and a world beyond. The Warrens worked closely with the Catholic church during multiple exorcisms and their faith played an important part in their investigations.”
I have so much respect for these two.