The Trailer For THE CONJURING Gives Me The Creeps

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The Trailer For THE CONJURING Gives Me The Creeps
In many ways James Wan has been the victim of his own success. Though he never returned to the world of Saw after the enormously successful first installment it seems as though Wan lived in the shadow of that initial success up until he hit similar paydirt with Insidious. And now that he's proven himself more than a one trick pony the world is becoming Wan's oyster, the director already at the helm of the upcoming Fast 7 and other studio projects knocking. But before we get to that there's the small matter of The Conjuring ...

Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. Based on a true story, "The Conjuring" tells the horrifying tale of how world renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.
Word from those who have seen it is that The Conjuring is very, very good and the latest trailer certainly appears to bear that out. What say you? Has Wan now established himself as the current leader in horror film? Check the trailer below and chime in.
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MikeJune 29, 2013 2:28 PM

I hope the documentary bits with the family are just for the trailer.

KeithnSandra JohnsonJune 30, 2013 1:36 AM

At the time I was 18 years old, and was a member of an organization
called Parapsychology Investigation and Research Organization based at
Rhode Island College. I'd placed an ad in a local newspaper regarding
our services, and it was answered by Carolyn Perron three weeks later,
which was how we became involved in her situation. It did not take long
to discover that this was the REAL DEAL, and that genuine, incredible
spirit activity was taking place within this house... something which
these family members had to live with on a daily and nightly basis!
Although we were a young college-age organization, we assured them we
would do all we could to help.
Once we'd investigated and realized
the genuine validity of the phenomena taking place, I suggested and
began discussing with other member the possibility of consulting with
our friends Ed and Lorraine Warren, because of their years of experience
and valued advice. When things became overwhelming for Carolyn, Donna,
our chairperson of P.I.R.O., did just that, and contacted Ed and
Lorraine. Ed and Lorraine did more that just consult with us; they
became personally involved in the case as well.

Martin WagnerJune 30, 2013 3:46 AM

Have you contacted Joe Nickell or Michael Shermer? I'm sure they'd love to investigate something like this that has validity.

darrenjhJune 30, 2013 9:58 PM

So the whole family survived? These ghosts need to improve their strike rate.

KeithnSandra JohnsonJuly 1, 2013 10:31 PM

Problem is, the house is now privately owned, and I doubt if the present owners, who are now elderly and value their privacy, would welcome them in to perform tests that would inevitably prove inconclusive.. (Paranormal activity rarely performs on cue.)

darrenjhJuly 2, 2013 12:39 AM

'Paranormal activity rarely performs on cue' because it's made up for movies like this. Geez.

Martin WagnerJuly 2, 2013 1:02 PM

Hmm. So are these current elderly owners getting ghosted on all over the place? And despite how your earlier comment enthusiastically trumpets that "this was the REAL DEAL" and "that genuine, incredible spirit activity was taking place within this house," and that your investigation "realized the genuine validity of the phenomena," now you suddenly tell us that any further investigation by independent researchers "would inevitably prove inconclusive." That's an interesting about-face.

In other words, aren't you clumsily making up a load of tosh just to help sell a movie? :-)

Tommy "Who You Gona Call" RyanJuly 2, 2013 2:10 PM

Well I'm convinced...

Tam HunterJuly 2, 2013 2:27 PM

Either you can prove ghosts or you can't. This is just as silly as people who don't believe you when you tell them that

Ouija boards were a toy patented on 28 May 1890.

Sean SmithsonJuly 2, 2013 2:47 PM

Ed and Lorraine Warren were deplorable people who covered up evidence of real world evils perpetrated by forces 100% human, all in the name of making a buck and furthering their own crackpot agendas.
I know someone who worked with them and a family they were "helping", writing a book on the case. The things he said about that situation wouldn't only curl your toes, they'd break your heart. And there was nothing supernatural about it. Just a case of a drunken father abusing his family. I'll leave it at that...for now.

I have a MAJOR issue with them being deified in any way, as this film seems to do.

KeithnSandra JohnsonJuly 2, 2013 9:01 PM

Just curious, what do you base this on?

KeithnSandra JohnsonJuly 2, 2013 9:57 PM

Okay, so first off, there is no reason to be armchair rude simply because you can. I did you the courtesy of politely responding to your post, without suspecting that you were being sarcastic. What I, my fellow investigators and the family experienced was 100 % authentic. As far as clumsily, if this were a debate of words my friend... well, you seem to be predominantly quoting me. I have been in the field of paranormal investigation for more than four decades now, and have both seen and experienced things that would be beyond your capability to emotionally or psychologically accept.

Of course I have been back there since the original events, and have obtained evidence in the form of intelligent EVP. However, the activity in this house is presently nowhere near the level it was back then..The spirits in that house were victimizing the Perron family for the very reason you chose to mouth off... because they could. And this family was terribly victimized, especially the mother, Carolyn. I was 18 years old at the time, and I put myself in harms way to protect Carolyn's children. But by the grace of God (literally) I was kept safe. What would you have done in this situation, besides advised them to seek psychiatric help? Would you have gone to this house, and tried to calm a terrified family including young children? And how would you have reacted if activity began starting up? Of one thing I'm certain, you personally would have expected people to believe you, and take you seriously, without being ridiculed by family and friends.

Now, would Joe Nickell or Michael Shermer obtain examples of EVP or other phenomena if they were to spend, say, a day and a night investigating the place? Impossible to say. However, if they experienced absolutely nothing, then their results should properly be labeled "inconclusive". As my colleague and friend of many years, John Zaffis likes to say, "Just because no one experiences paranormal activity in the course of an investigation, doesn't prove the place isn't haunted."

As far as selling the movie, I certainly make no money off of "The Conjuring." Yes, the team I belonged to (P,I,R,O,) were the original investigators, and we were the ones responsible for alerting the Warrens about the case. But we are not portrayed or even mentioned or given a credit in the movie. So others profit, we do not. But as the saying goes, that's Hollywood. :)

KeithnSandra JohnsonJuly 2, 2013 10:29 PM

Good point. It is of course not the board itself that holds any danger, although sometimes an entity will attach itself to such an inanimate object.

KeithnSandra JohnsonJuly 2, 2013 11:37 PM

Hi again Martin. I just wanted to add that in a way, I sort of understand how you feel. You probably want to believe, and like a lot of people you are frustrated, because if these entities do exist, then why don't they do something to prove their existence to us once and for all? (If you were merely expressing an objective opinion, then you probably would not have lashed out so personally at me.) I do not have all the answers. I do know that it takes a great deal of effort and energy for these entities to "cross over" into our wavelength so to speak... and the Perrons (especially Carolyn) just happened to be in the perfect situation to be almost completely victimized, spiritually. But my wife Sandra and I have spent time extensively interviewing the current homeowners, and they themselves experience only sporadic activity, and it is indeed very light compared to what the Perron family experienced.

Take care,

Martin WagnerJuly 3, 2013 2:14 AM

"I have been in the field of paranormal investigation for more than four decades now, and have both seen and experienced things that would be beyond your capability to emotionally or psychologically accept."

Not sure how you'd know what I am or am not capable of accepting, emotionally or psychologically, but if it's anything like the clich├ęd jump scares in this trailer, I'd have to say these ghosts lack imagination. ;-)

Yes, I will cop to some sarcasm here. But behind it lies a real interest in skeptical inquiry. It isn't personal against you, but it is my way of drawing you out and getting more information. If you're going to make bold claims, you should be prepared to be challenged. In this case, I challenged what I saw were clear inconsistencies in your account. You began by confidently claiming the authenticity of your paranormal experiences, but then immediately backpedaled and said that any independent investigation would prove "inconclusive". So why are you so conclusive?

"Just because no one experiences paranormal activity in the course of an investigation, doesn't prove the place isn't haunted." And just because no one sees burn marks on the grass in my backyard doesn't prove a flying saucer never landed there. This isn't how burden of proof works. What I'm reading from your account of your experiences is that you had a personal and emotional investment in events, and yet it never occurred to you (or if it did, you don't say so) to bring in independent, third party investigators, preferably people without a predisposition toward ghost-belief who could approach the situation objectively, to conduct their own investigation in the interest of corroborating your findings. This would have really been a good application of the scientific method. But most of the time what I hear from "paranormal investigators" is that they are folks who really want to believe. As the saying goes :-) , seek and ye shall find. If you *want* there to be ghosts, you'll find them. But that is a far cry from having proven the actual existence of something.

Martin WagnerJuly 3, 2013 2:23 AM

"I do know that it takes a great deal of effort and energy for these entities to "cross over" into our wavelength so to speak."

See, what this prompts me to ask is HOW do you know this? To know this would require knowledge of exactly what kind of threshold is being crossed over, how it is being crossed over, what difficulties arise and by what means these entities overcome them, and why these entities would even bother in the first place. I find paranormalists often trot out knowledge claims like the one above (in which case they're using the word "know" as an inappropriate synonym for "believe strongly"), but you can never pin them down on specifics. Contrast this with physicists, who, when you ask them to explain M-theory or vector bundles, will make your brain melt with mathematical exposition.

I'll wrap up tonight by acknowledging that you probably didn't expect to encounter some hardcore skeptics in this thread, so I'm sorry if you're feeling a little smoked. But if you're willing to enlighten me with some more detailed answers, I am all ears.

KeithnSandra JohnsonJuly 3, 2013 6:57 PM

Hi Martin,

Yes, I do expect to occasionally come across hardcore skeptics, and I am more than willing to discuss on a polite and respectful basis. There is no need for rudeness. Friendly sarcasm is acceptable and even welcomed. There is no reason that hardcore skeptics and believers who have experienced (or not experienced) paranormal activity cannot share respectful conversation. And please understand that I am not trying to convince you of the validity of paranormal phenomena, only sharing my experiences.

I have of course heard the theory that spirits "cross over" into our dimensional plane of existence. (I personally would not refer to it as 'dimensional' so much as I would say they are perhaps on a different frequency, or wavelength.) But even before I'd heard or read of this theory, I personally (on more than one occasion) experienced a very tangible change in the surrounding atmosphere the moment before spirit activity began to manifest. This could be described as Poltergeist-like activity, because it entailed the sudden movement of inanimate objects. I can describe this feeling as an electrical discharge, although it was a sensation as though energy were being extracted from me,,and it was a somewhat nauseating feeling. And when the activity ceased, this feeling also ceased abruptly.

More later.....

darrenjhJuly 3, 2013 8:02 PM

A little thing that most people know as 'reality'. I'm sure you've heard of it. Being a crackpot, however, probably means you can just ignore it.

KeithnSandra JohnsonJuly 3, 2013 8:17 PM

I do live in the reality of caring for a disabled family member. And it seems that according to you, anyone who claims to have experienced anything or have faith in anything outside of the physical realm is labeled a 'crackpot'. Do you also believe this of the entire Perron family, as well as people who study this field and try to assist people, such as my colleagues John Zaffis and Jason Hawes and I? (I mention these colleagues because all three of us have investigated at the Harrisville farmhouse, and had experiences there.)

KeithnSandra JohnsonJuly 4, 2013 10:09 AM

If it were, then wouldn't it always perform on cue, like on most reality TV shows? In real situations this very rarely happens.

Sean SmithsonJuly 5, 2013 6:56 PM

The Warrens were more than willing to cover up the truth to sell fantastic tales of their exploits. This is absolute fact.

They were crackpots, and should maybe have even been put in jail for burying cases of abuse, as well as lying to families and being straight up charlatans selling something even less valuable than snake oil. They were incredibly egotistical, and lied at the drop of a hat (while professing to be God loving do-gooders)

For shame.

Especially when it comes to something important. People want an exciting "truth", not a real truth. This is a problem rife in the UFO community as well.

Sean SmithsonJuly 5, 2013 6:59 PM

For the record, I'm no skeptic. I grew up with some incredibly strange and inexplicable things happening around me. SOMETHING is going on. Now whether it's exterior or interior I have NO idea. Anyone who claims to know is full of themselves and needs to check their ego with the hat girl at the front of the club.

KeithnSandra JohnsonJuly 15, 2013 12:31 PM

Also my friend and colleague Ken DeCosta of Rise Up Paranormal has been in this house with his team and has experienced activity.

Brian July 17, 2013 1:10 AM

Keith.....sadly Sandra is holding you back. Women are rudely side saddled by her when posting on YOUR FB page needing help but not stating that at 1st. Now she is this major experienced Demonologist???? The female one I've heard of who's legit with all the prof of many years before the supernatural became cool other than L Warren are Jenny Auld who was bullied off MySpace or some social network. People won't tell you Keith but many put up with her insane jealousy. Many try to,avoid unless no other channels are available. Why do women gotta be this way? More so why are they tolerated and permitted to,do,so,making others look unprofessional. My 19 yr old sister cam to u for help and Sandra like a pit bull on your page ran her off! Jealousy is a bitching but get out or get it under control please. We were assured a pleasant experience with Keith who I don't blame. But all this talk on here is Sandra mainly. Im willing to bet my life. Many wont tell you Keith but this is widely known im told. Im not in the supernatural I just remember after by sister in living fear shaking was sent your way on your FB page! Sandra runs it all I guess. People tolerate her and my sister was kindly helped by another trying to make up for the entire supernatural hunters or whatever, explaining she is tolerated and NOT suppose to treat people in such ways seeking help.

MichealJuly 17, 2013 1:38 AM

Oh yes, Johnsons are now name dropping, Zaffis, Hawes........these people seek,fame. Bragging how they are currently studying that house. The proof is the name dropping. I've been at this 35 yrs, my knowledge is certainly not less valuable because I'm not on TV. Ill tell you that much right now. Many across the USA whos been at this 3 decades or 2 decades just dont feel the need for attention. as the other mentioned very few female demonologists have the proof of study and years at this. but no fame deems all that valuable information invalid?? Shame.......Zaffis cut out family for his supernatural family. Your wife gets treated as if she has all these yrs and you know she doesn't. I don't remember that name 4 or 5. Yrs ago. This field has gone to crap. Your no better than anyone else due to who you know or work with. Even they can't cant say what is right or wrong. NO GOVERNING! No one is qualified to deem anyone anything.

There is NO governing, no rules set fourth so who is anyone to say certain people on TV are the only ones capable????? NO ONE is right or wrong on how they do this. Name dropping...there's your sign.