As 'The Conjuring 2' Hits Theaters, Scare Up A Good Time At The Warren’s Occult Museum
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This weekend the follow-up to the megahit "The Conjuring" opens in theaters nationwide, but the most terrifying news about the movie is, like its predecessor, it is based on a true story.
Both films are based on the experiences of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga in the movies) who worked on over 10,000 cases throughout their career, including one of their most famous investigations, the haunting of Roger and Carolyn Perron's Harrisville, R.I. farmhouse, which the first film is based on.
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Later, in 1977, the Warrens — along with many other investigators — traveled to the North London borough of Enfield where they visited the home of Peggy Hodgson, a single mother whose daughters were showing signs of demonic possession. At the time, the story was quite well known and many felt that eleven-year-old Janet, who seemed to be the main focus of the demon's attention, was just playing an elaborate prank on her mother.
Whether the Enfield haunting was real or not, the tale became the inspiration for "The Conjuring 2" and producers are hoping this film will scare up the same box office numbers that "The Conjuring" did back in 2013 when it earned more than $318 million worldwide.
If you're one of the millions of fans who will be seeing "The Conjuring" opening weekend, you need to add a trip to The Warren’s Occult Museum in Monroe, CT to your bucket list. According to The New England Society For Psychic Research, The Warren’s Occult Museum is "the oldest and only museum of its kind."
Among the museum's haunted artifacts are many items used in "extremely dangerous" occult activities and "diabolical practices" around the world, like a Satanic Idol found in the woods of Connecticut, The Conjuring Mirror used for summoning spirits and possessed toys, including a Raggedy-Ann doll responsible for the death of a young man.
The museum's most famous relic is The Annabelle Doll. According to legend, Annabelle terrorized a family for several months until the Warrens intervened. After a cameo in the first "Conjuring" movie, Annabelle got her own spin-off in 2014 and a sequel to that film is in the works, too.
Though Ed Warren died in 2006, Lorraine is still active in the community and still participates in special events, in addition to tours of the museum. Most years, around Halloween, Lorraine and her son-in-law, Tony Spera, hold events and lectures about their experiences with the occult.
The next scheduled event, on September 10, will feature the actual raw recordings of the disembodied voices that spoke to the Warrens in the Enfield house. The banquet dinner will be held in Monroe, CT and will also include an appearance by Annabelle and a discussion with Spera about the Warrens and their museum. Tickets are $169 per person and can be purchased at Warrens.net. Tours of The Warren's Occult Museum are available by special appointment and must include six or more people. Tours can be booked via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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