"The Conjuring" kept viewers up at night, but is now causing problems for the home's owner, Norma Sutcliffe and her family. The film, which deals with the supernatural, "true story" of the Perron family, was quite popular but has caused nothing but headaches for the home's current owners.
"We haven't slept in days," Sutcliffe told The Woonsocket Call, "because we wake up at 2:00 in the morning. There are people with flashlights in our yard. People call on the phone and ask 'Is this 'The Conjuring' house?'"
According to the film's story, Ed and Lorraine Warren went to the home of Roger and Carolyn Perron. The Perron family claimed to be experiencing supernatural occurrences and could not find any peace. The Warrens diagnose their problem as demonic, and a spiritual battle then ensues.
Fans of haunted history are intrigued by the Perron family's story and have even ventured to their home to see if they can find any sign of the supernatural.
"There are already threats on the Internet – 'Wouldn't it be fun to break into that house?'" Sutcliffe said. "Our barn is very vulnerable and there is a big story connected to the barn about supposed hangings. Can you see kids breaking in and doing a séance with candles and having it burn down?"
Sutcliffe is also unhappy with Warner Brothers, the movie's distributor, for allegedly pressuring her to go on TV and talk about her own experience living in the famous home. She wanted to remain anonymous and keep her family out of the spotlight. The Burrillville Police has been working double-duty to protect the Sutcliffe's home and family.
"They are great," Sutcliffe said of the police. "They are trying to do their best, but they can't be here 24/7. This is affecting us physically and emotionally, and I don't know how long we can take it. We put every penny we had into this house."
As for her own view of "The Conjuring," Sutcliffe said it was "an insult" to the Perron family.