The Conjuring, directed by James Wan, is one of the best horror films of the 21st century. It looks amazing, it plays on the audience’s worst fears, and it is based on a true story. But how true is it? There are a lot of films that say they are based on a true story just to get in an extra scare, but those claims rarely add up to anything more than a disclaimer on a movie poster.
Throughout the '70s, the Perron family claimed to have lived The Conjuring. The family members were thrown out of their beds, ghosts kissed them in the middle of the night, and they were preyed upon by the spirit of a witch named Bathsheba Thayer.
Was The Conjuring a true story? The Perron family certainly believes that they were haunted by something while they lived in a farmhouse in Rhode Island. They even got in touch with Ed and Lorraine Warren, the paranormal investigators who helped turn the Amityville Haunting into a household name.
Regardless of whether the haunting occurred the way that it was portrayed in the film, something very real seems to have happened to the Perron family, and like the photos that inspired The Exorcism of Emily Rose, their terror went on to help craft one of the scariest movies of the 2000s.