Because real life is always stranger than horror. Recently a couple, Cory and Jennifer Heinzen, grabbed up with the house that inspired James Wan's original The Conjuring movie. And to the surprise of no living person, they claim it is still haunted. Well knock me over with an ax and call me the Queen, Ya don’t say. But that's only half of it. It turns out that Cory and Jennifer Heinzen plan to fix up the Harrisville house in Rhode Island and open it up to visitors and investigators; hopefully later this year.
To provide a bit of history on this whole story, Cory has been a paranormal investigator for about ten years. Last March he discovers the infamous Rhode Island farmhouse for sale in an online forum. Naturally he snatched it up as quick as he could. He and his wife secured the sale back in June. The house comes with eight-and-a-half acres, a river in the back and a pond.
The Heinzens snatching up the Harrisville house and opening it to tourists and fellow paranormal investigators is undoubtedly a clever financial play. After all, the location has been an unofficial attraction for years now. In fact the woman the couple purchased the house from, Norma Sutcliff, sued Warner Bros. back in 2015 because of all the trespassing after the movie's release. And in an ironic turn of events, it turns out Cory Heinzen was one of those unwelcome guests who visited the site a few years before. But that's not all, Heinzen even met with Andrea Perron before obtaining the house.
Who's Andrea Perron, you might ask? Well, she was a member of the original Perron family who moved into the Harrisville house in Rhode Island back in the '70s and ultimately became the basis for the 2013 haunted house film. Yes, for the few people out there that somehow might not know, James Wan's The Conjuring is based on real-life events. The Conjuring was very much based on allegedly true case files from paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. The two had investigated a Rhode Island farmhouse which was owned by the Perron family in 1971. The farmhouse was supposedly haunted by a woman named Bathsheba Sherman. Mrs. Perron wrote House of Darkness House of Light. It chronicles the supernatural events which occurred between 1970-1980, during the decade my family spent in the house. A very good read if I do say so myself.
I may not be a paranormal investigator, but my years of horror movies watching has taught he one thing. Nothing pisses off ghosts more than uninvited visitors. No word on just when the couple plan to open the doors of the Harrisville house to the public. In the meantime, remember that producer James Wan and director Michael Chaves' third entry in The Conjuring series, aptly title The Conjuring 3 - will be heading our way in September 2020. It will see the return of Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga.