posted on Jul, 11 2013 @ 04:02 PM
Lorraine and Ed Warren founded the New England Society for Psychic Research in 1952, and have over 4,000 cases in their files. Out of all those cases
Warren says that the Amityville house is the one haunted house she won't return to.
The Warrens were among the few investigators to look into the case at Amityville. Many people claim the whole story is a hoax, it's obvious that
Lorraine Warren remains a firm believer that something terribly evil was in that house.
If Lorraine won't go back into the Amityville house after all the investigations she has has done, then that's enough to tell me there is some truth
to the story behind the movie.
Lorraine has appeared on many paranormal t.v. shows. She was often called upon to help solve cases on "Paranormal State"
, along with medium,
Chip Coffee, and the crew of the show.
She was, and is, the one paranormal investigator I trust to tell the truth without stretching it out of proportion.
(photo by Corbis) and Lorraine Warren (photo by Warner Br
Lorraine Warren doesn't have to go to the movies to see ghost stories—she lives them.
Alongside her late husband, demonologist Ed Warren, the clairvoyant investigated some of the most famous and infamous paranormal hauntings around. Her
most notable cases have inspired plenty of frightening flicks, including 1979's "The Amityville Horror" (as well as the 2005 remake) and next
week's scream-inducer, "The Conjuring."
At "The Conjuring" press junket in San Francisco, Yahoo! Movies recently had the chance to speak with Lorraine Warren, now 86. We asked Warren how
the 1971 case of the Perron family in Harrisville, Rhode Island, which inspired "The Conjuring," compares with the horror that the Lutz family
experienced in Amityville, New York back in the mid '70s. Warren laughed, as if there is no comparison at all.
"Amityville was horrible, honey. It was absolutely horrible," she said. "It followed us right straight across the country. I don't even like to
talk about it. I will never go in the Amityville house ever again. You don't know how long my career is; that's the only one."
Warren's career is indeed long, as she and her husband founded the New England Society for Psychic Research in 1952, and have over 4,000 cases in
their files. So when Warren says that the Amityville house is the one haunted house she won't return to, it's apparent that something terrifying
went down there.
That something horrific did occur at the house is not in dispute. On November 13, 1974, 23-year-old Ronald DeFeo Jr. murdered his parents, two
brothers, and two sisters. But that's not what inspired the film and its subsequent sequels.
About a year later, George and Kathy Lutz moved into the house at 112 Ocean Avenue with Kathy's three children. Not surprisingly, the Lutzes got a
great deal on the house, which was ironically called High Hopes. But according to the Lutzes, after they moved in evil forces started rearranging the
furniture (much of which was left over from the DeFeos), strange welts showed up on Kathy's body after she was levitated two feet in the air, a
demonic face peered out of the fireplace, flies swarmed in the middle of winter, unexplained smells of excrement festered, green slime oozed off the
walls and more. A dirty laundry list of paranormal terrorizing went down, enough so that the Lutzes finally evacuated High Hopes after only 28 days.
The Warrens were among the few investigators to look into the case. And while many claim the whole story is a hoax, it's obvious in talking to
Lorraine Warren that she remains a firm believer.
Of course, movies based on actual events don't necessarily stay true to those events, especially in the horror genre, but if the Lutzes' case is
scarier than the haunting depicted in "The Conjuring," then it's no wonder that Warren remains affected.
In "The Conjuring," directed by James Wan ("Saw," "Insidious"), Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga play Ed and Lorraine Warren, who set up an
investigation in the Perrons' isolated farmhouse to find definitive proof of the inexplicable and frightening events that are endangering the Perron
family. Unfortunately for everyone involved, they find that proof.
"You need proof. That's what you have to have. You can't tell ghost stories," Lorraine Warren told us.