Starring: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor, Ron Livingston, Shanley Caswell, Hayley McFarland, Joey King, Mackenzie Foy, Kyla Deaver, Shannon Kook, John Brotherton, Sterling Jerins, Marion Guyot, Morganna Bridgers, Amy Tipton
OUR RATING: ★★★★☆
Supernatural horror directed by James Wan. The story, “based on true events”, centers on Carolyn (Lili Taylor) and Roger (Ron Livingston) Perron, who decide to start new lives for themselves and raise their family of four girls in the Rhode Island countryside in an old farmhouse they bought at an auction. Soon after moving in they realize that their house contains an evil demon presence controlling the house that is not very happy having a loving family moving in. Famous psychic investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga), are then called in to help find the haunting, but what unfolds before them is beyond anything they’ve experienced before.
Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 83)
[first lines; 1968 – The Annabelle Case – we hear the voice of a young woman talking to paranormal investigators Ed Warren]
Debbie: It scares us just thinking about it. When you hear it, you’re going to think we’re insane.
Ed Warren: Try us. Please, from the start.
[we see a creepy old looking doll facing the screen]
Debbie: It started out small, like a hand or a leg was in a different position. And its head was looking up instead of down. And then one day it was in a completely different room. It was moving around by itself.
Debbie: Did you ever think that maybe somebody had a key to your apartment and was just playing a trick on you?
[we see two young women and a young man sitting on a couch]
Debbie: That’s exactly what we thought, but never once did we find any sign or evidence of intrusion.
Lorraine Warren: And these led you all to believe that the doll was possessed?
Debbie: Yes. Camilla got in touch with a medium. We learned from her that a seven year-old girl named Annabelle Higgins had died in this apartment. She was lonely and took a liking to my doll. All she wanted was to be friends.
Camilla: When we heard this, we felt really sorry for her. I mean we’re nurses, we help people. So we gave her permission to move into the doll.
Ed Warren: Wait. You did what?
Camilla: She wanted to live with us by inhabiting the doll. We said yes.
Debbie: But then things got worse.
[we see flashback to one night when Debbie and Camilla are returning home from work, as they open the door they find a note on the floor which has the message “Miss me?” written on it in red crayon, the look up and see the doll placed on floor down the hall]
[they start walking towards the doll]
Debbie: When we came home, she was sitting in the hallway. But we had left her in the spare room.
[the girls notice red crayons in the doll’s hand, the girls enter the spare room and find the room trashed and the walls covered in red crayon with the word “Miss Me?”, Debbie picks up the doll and starts walking out of the apartment]
Camilla: Debbie! Debbie, wait!
[Debbie throws the doll and the note into the garbage dumpster; later that night the girls are woken by a loud banging on the front door, Debbie opens the door but finds no one there, only the note they had found earlier, then they hear a loud banging coming from the spare room, Camilla goes to open the door and has a horrified look on her face as she sees what’s inside]
Debbie: We were beyond terrified. We don’t know what’s going on or what to do. Can you help us?
Ed Warren: Yes, we can. But firstly, there’s no such thing as Annabelle. And there never was.
Lorraine Warren: Ghosts don’t possess such a power. I think what we have here is something extremely manipulative. It’s something inhuman.
Ed Warren: It was a big mistake acknowledging this doll. And through that the inhuman spirit tricked you. You gave it permission to infest your lives.
Camilla: What’s an inhuman spirit?
Ed Warren: It’s something that’s never walked the earth in human form. It’s something demonic.
Debbie: So the doll was never possessed?
Lorraine Warren: No, no. It was used as a conduit, it was moved around to give the impression of possession. Demonic spirits don’t possess things, they possess people. It wanted to get inside of you.
[the footage featuring the ‘Annabelle Higgins’ case ends]
Ed Warren: Alright, that’s good, Drew. You can shut it down now. Hit the lights.
[we see the Warrens standing before a class of students]
Ed Warren: So we get the church to send a priest over to perform a blessing on the house and the occupants. Whatever was oppressing that apartment was no longer with them.
[most of the students hands go up, Ed points to student]
Ed Warren: Yes.
Student #1: Where’s the doll now?
Lorraine Warren: Some place safe.
[more students put their hands up and Ed points to another student]
Ed Warren: Yep.
Student #2: So, what are you guys? I mean, what do people call you?
Ed Warren: Uh, well, we’ve been called demonologists, that’s one name for us. Ghost hunters, paranormal researchers…
Lorraine Warren: Kooks.
[the students laugh]
Ed Warren: Wackos.
Lorraine Warren: But we preferred to be known simply as Ed and Lorraine Warren.
[the screen pauses as text scrolls to explain that Ed and Lorraine Warren solved many cases since the 1960’s, Ed was the only non-clergyman recognized by the Vatican as a demonologist while Lorraine was a gifted clairvoyant. There is one case of theirs that has been too shocking to reveal until now]
[1971 – Harrisville, Rhode Island; the Perron family arrive at their new home]
Roger Perron: Here we are.
[Roger and Carolyn get out of the car]
Roger Perron: Wow. You hear that?
Carolyn Perron: I don’t hear anything.
Roger Perron: Exactly.
Carolyn Perron: Oh, okay!
[Carolyn laughs and turns to the girls sat in the back seat of the car]
Carolyn Perron: Okay. Guys!
[their oldest daughter, Andrea, gets out of the car looking less than thrilled]
Andrea: Oh, God. We’re in the middle of nowhere.
[the Perron family enter their new house, the girls rush inside, looking excited, apart from Andrea]
Andrea: So, do I get to pick my own room or do I have no choice in that either?
[Andrea stomps into the house]
Carolyn Perron: Well, first cute boy she’ll meet, she’ll forget about Jersey.
Roger Perron: Oh, great. Can’t wait.
[Carolyn chuckles and enters the house, Roger looks at their dog sitting on the porch]
Roger Perron: Come on, Sadie.
[the dog doesn’t move, but stares into the house]
Roger Perron: Sadie, let’s go.
[the dog is still reluctant to go inside]
Roger Perron: Hey, come. What’s the matter with you?
[Roger grabs hold of the dog’s collar and tries to drag inside, but the dog just whines and remains seated]
Roger Perron: Hey, come on, girl. Alright, suit yourself.
[Roger leaves the dog sitting on the porch and enters the house]
[later that day the Perrons are moving their boxes and furniture into the house]
Nancy: Coming through! Woh. Watch out, Dad.
Moving Man: Where do you want it?
Roger Perron: Uh, that goes into the living room.
Cindy: Hey, Andrea. Where’s my wind chimes?
Andrea: Uh, I think Nancy’s got it in the other room.
Cindy: Oh, thanks.
[Cindy runs into the living room]
Cindy: Hey, Nancy, have you seen my wind chimes?
Cindy: Yeah. Give it to me!
[Nancy holds the wind chime up and playfully holds it away from Cindy]
Cindy: Nancy, let go! Give it here!
[Nancy gives the chime to Cindy]
Cindy: You’re mean.
[Cindy enters the kitchen]
Cindy: Hey, Mom. Can I hang the wind chime?
Carolyn Perron: Of course! There is a line outside you can hang it on.
[as Cindy starts to go outside]
Carolyn Perron: Honey, have April come in, okay? It’s going to be dark soon.
[Cindy goes out onto the back porch and hangs her chime, she notices April by the lake sitting under a large tree playing with a music box]
Cindy: Come on, April. Mom wants you inside!
April: Look what I found, Cindy!
[Cindy goes back into the house, we then see April open the music box, which plays a tune, April looks in music box mirror then thinking she sees a reflection looks behind, but there’s no one there, Cindy shrugs it off and runs back into the house]
[later that night the girls are playing a game where Christine is blindfolded and Nancy and Cindy are spinning her]
Nancy and Cindy: One, two, three…
[Nancy and Cindy run off as Christine continue spinning blindfolded]
Nancy: No peeking!
[the girls run into Roger]
Roger Perron: Are you guys done with the pizza?
Roger Perron: I don’t want it to go to waste.
Nancy: Ssh! Let’s go.
Roger Perron: It’s expensive feeding you girls.
[Christine continues spinning blindfolded as the other two run off to hide]
Christine: Seven, eight, nine, ten. Ready or not, here I come! Okay, clap!
[Nancy and Cindy who have hidden around the house clap and Christine follows the sound blindfolded, suddenly she runs into a box]
Carolyn Perron: Guys, you don’t know the house well enough. Someone’s going to get hurt.
Christine: I’m okay, I’m okay!
[to Nancy and Cindy]
Christine: Second clap!
[Christine turns towards the sound, then Carolyn sees Cindy hiding right behind Christine and she doesn’t clap, she whispers to Cindy]
Carolyn Perron: That’s cheating.
[still blindfolded, Christine opens the door to the closet where Nancy is hiding]
[Christine goes to grab Nancy and they accidentally knock into the wall and they hear a crack]
Christine: Are you okay?
Nancy: Oh, yeah. Woh, um…
Roger Perron: Alright! What did we break now?
[Roger walks towards the girls and enters the closet]
Roger Perron: Will you get out of there, please?
Nancy: I didn’t mean to. It was Christine’s fault.
Christine: My fault?
[Roger turns on the light in the closet]
Roger Perron: Oh, jeez!
Christine: Oh, my God.
Nancy: Christine did it!
Christine: No, I didn’t!
Nancy: Yes, you did. You totally pushed me!
[Roger sees the hole created in the wooden wall and peers through it]
Roger Perron: Hey, Nancy, can you go get me the matches, please?
[Nancy turns and goes to get the matches]
Carolyn Perron: What’s going on?
Christine: Nancy broke something.
Nancy: Shut up!
Christine: Oh, it was you!
[Carolyn enters the closet with the rest of girls as they look to see what’s behind the cracked wall]
Roger Perron: I think we have a cellar or something.
[Roger yanks off the wooden boards, opening an entrance to the cellar]
Cindy: I want to see! I want to see!
Carolyn Perron: Okay.
[Cindy pushes into the closet]
Roger Perron: Okay, matches?
[Nancy hands the matches to Roger]
Roger Perron: Thank you!
Carolyn Perron: Nancy!
Nancy: I want to see too!
[Roger lights a match and peers into the darkness, he tries the light switch, but it doesn’t work, Roger walks down the cellar steps, brushing away the cobwebs]
Roger Perron: Oh, man.
[Carolyn and the girls wait in the closet]
Carolyn Perron: Roger? What do you see down there?
Roger Perron: It’s, uh, hard to tell, you know? It’s an old piano and a whole bunch of garbage.
[as Roger looks around the match suddenly burns his finger as it burns out]
Roger Perron: Son of a…
[he lights another match and peers further inside]
Roger Perron: Wow.
Carolyn Perron: Roge? Come on up.
[Roger walks back up the cellar and places the matches on one of the shelves inside the doorway]
Roger Perron: I don’t want any of you girls going down there. The place is loaded of spiders.
Christine: Eww! Oh! Ugh!
Carolyn Perron: Just relax.
Christine: Stop it, Nancy! It’s not funny!
[the girls walk away]
Roger Perron: Got extra square footage down there, I’ll checked it out in the morning.
Carolyn Perron: I wonder why it was boarded up?
Roger Perron: I don’t know.
[Roger turns off the closet lights]
Carolyn Perron: Okay, guys. The show’s over, let’s go up to bed!
[Roger shuts the closet door]
[Roger walks into the bedroom]
Roger Perron: Man, I’m fried.
[Carolyn is gazing out the window at the dog barking]
Carolyn Perron: Something’s up with Sadie.
Roger Perron: Yeah, I don’t know what her problem is. Couldn’t get her to come inside.
Carolyn Perron: We can’t leave her out there.
Roger Perron: She’s alright, I got her on a chain.
[shouting down to the dog]
Roger Perron: Sadie! Hey, be quiet!
[Carolyn turns and puts her arms around Roger]
Carolyn Perron: Thanks for making this work. I know it was a lot to pay off. It’s going to be great, isn’t it?
Roger Perron: I think it’s great already.
Carolyn Perron: Yeah.
Carolyn Perron: You still too fried to Christen the new house?
Roger Perron: Who said I’m fried?
[he picks Carolyn up in his arms playfully]
Roger Perron: Nobody here is fried.
[the next morning Carolyn wakes to find a bruise on her leg, she then goes to check on the girls]
Carolyn Perron: Hey, how did you guys sleep?
Christine: I’m cold.
Carolyn Perron: It is chilly, isn’t it?
[Andrea steps out of the bathroom]
Andrea: Do you think maybe we could have bought a house that has a toilet that actually works?
Carolyn Perron: Tell your father.
Andrea: And there was this really funky smell in my bedroom last night, reeked like something died.
Carolyn Perron: Is it still there?
Carolyn Perron: Problem solved!
[Carolyn walks downstairs and notices the grandfather clock has stopped at 3:07, she walks down the hallway and notices the cellar door is open]
Carolyn Perron: Roger?
[she enters in further]
Carolyn Perron: Roger?
Roger Perron: Down here, honey.
[Carolyn walks down the cellar stair and finds Roger screwing in a light bulb in the cellar]
Roger Perron: Morning.
[she sees the cellar is cluttered with old furniture]
Carolyn Perron: Woh! This is going to take some serious elbow grease.
Roger Perron: Yeah.
Carolyn Perron: Oh, my God.
Carolyn Perron: What are we going to do with all this stuff?
Roger Perron: Well, we probably ought to go through it. You know? There might be some antiques down here worth a lot of money.
Carolyn Perron: Yeah, or just a lot of junk the previous owner didn’t want.
Roger Perron: It’s ours now.
Carolyn Perron: Knock yourself out. I’m going to make some coffee.
Roger Perron: Uh, okay, I’ll be up in a minute. I’m going to see if I can get this furnace working.
Carolyn Perron: Yeah, that’d be nice. It’s freezing.
Roger Perron: Yeah.
[Carolyn heads back up; in the kitchen as she’s filling up the coffee pot she notices the clock in the kitchen has stopped at 3:07]
April: Sadie! Come here, Sadie!
[April rushes into the kitchen]
April: Mommy! Mommy, where’s Sadie?
Carolyn Perron: Uh, she’s outside. You know, I’m sure she’s hungry by now. Why don’t you go and get her?
[as April turns to rush out she runs into Roger]
Roger Perron: Woh!
April: Good morning, Dad.
Roger Perron: Hey.
April: Can you hold this?
[she hands her teddy bear over to Roger]
Roger Perron: Sure!
[Alice rushes outside]
Roger Perron: Slow down, scoot!
Carolyn Perron: Roger?
Roger Perron: Yeah.
Carolyn Perron: This clock stopped at 3:07, and so did the one in the hallway.
Roger Perron: That’s weird.
[he picks up the clock from the shelf]
Roger Perron: Maybe it got knock around in the move.
Carolyn Perron: Speaking of knocked around, what did you do to me last night?
[she shows him the bruise on her leg]
Roger Perron: Ouch! I’m sure I didn’t do that, did I?
Carolyn Perron: I don’t know.
[outside, April calls out to Sadie]
[she stops as she finds something; back in the kitchen Roger and Carolyn hear April screaming, they rush outside to April]
Carolyn Perron: April! April! April! What’s going on?
Roger Perron: What happened?
Carolyn Perron: Oh, my God! Oh, Sadie!
[they see the dog lying dead on the ground]
Carolyn Perron: Roger.
[at the Warrens house, Ed is being interviewed by a reporter, Ed shows him into a room full of strange artifacts]
Ed Warren: We keep everything locked in here. Feel free to look around, just don’t touch anything.
Reporter: Wow. This is crazy. So all these are taken from cases you’ve investigated?
Ed Warren: That’s right. Everything you see in here is either haunted, cursed or is being used in some kind of ritualistic practice. Nothing’s a toy.
[as the reporter looks at a toy monkey]
Ed Warren: Not even the toy monkey.
[the reporter goes to touch the toy monkey]
Ed Warren: Don’t touch it.
Reporter: Oh. Isn’t it scary or doesn’t it worry you to have all these items right in your home?
Ed Warren: Oh, that’s why we have a priest that comes by once a month to bless the room. The way I see it is, it’s safer for these things to be in here than out there. It’s kind of like keeping guns off the street.
Reporter: Well, why not just throw them in an incinerator, destroy it?
Ed Warren: Well that would only destroy the vessel. Sometimes it’s better to keep the genie in the bottle.
Reporter: Say, is the, uh, Annabelle doll here?
Ed Warren: Right this way. Yeah.
[Ed leads them to a glass display case inside which is the doll, the reporter peers at it for a moment]
Reporter: You said she’s a conduit?
Ed Warren: That’s right.
Reporter: What does that mean?
Ed Warren: A very powerful demonic has latched itself onto her.
Reporter: So, when you guys investigate these haunting…
Ed Warren: Mm-hmm?
Reporter: How do you stop them from latching onto you?
Ed Warren: We have to take great precaution.
Reporter: But what about your wife?
Ed Warren: What about her?
Reporter: Well, Father Gordon told me that…
Ed Warren: That was different. What happened to my wife happened during an exorcism.
Reporter: What’s the difference?
[they hear a noise]
Ed Warren: Excuse me!
[Ed finds his daughter, Judy, hiding behind some shelves watching them]
Ed Warren: Honey, what are you doing? Come here. You know better. Alright?
[Ed calls out to his mother-in-law]
Ed Warren: Georgiana!
Ed Warren: Come on, did you touch anything?
Judy Warren: No.
Ed Warren: Alright. Come one, honey.
[Ed walks Judy out of the room]
Ed Warren: Georgiana, can you take Judy upstairs?
Georgiana: Oh, sure!
Ed Warren: You can’t go into this room no matter what, remember?
Judy Warren: Yes, Daddy.
Ed Warren: Alright.
[Ed kisses top of Judy’s head]
Ed Warren: Go on.
Georgiana: Okay, come on. Let’s see if we can find you a little snack, okay? Come on.
[later Ed enters the room as Lorraine and Judy are laughing, she’s sat in a rocking chair brushing Judy’s hair as Judy sits on her lap]
Ed Warren: Hey! What’s going on in here?
Judy Warren: Daddy, look!
Ed Warren: Well, you look very pretty.
Lorraine Warren: Alright, all done. Go get dress for dinner.
[Judy slides off Lorraine’s lap and starts to leave the room]
Judy Warren: I’m wearing it to dinner.
Lorraine Warren: No, you’re not.
[Judy runs out of the room laughing, Ed hands Lorraine a cup of tea]
Ed Warren: Here you go.
Lorraine Warren: How did it go?
Ed Warren: I think he may write a positive article.
Lorraine Warren: Ooh, a non-skeptic!
Ed Warren: Hm.
Lorraine Warren: That’s a pleasant change.
Ed Warren: Yeah.
[Ed looks at Lorraine for a moment]
Lorraine Warren: Stop blaming yourself.
[Lorraine takes a sip of her tea and pulls a face]
Ed Warren: No sugar? Be right back.
[Ed takes her cup and leaves the room]
[couple of months later outside the Perrons house we see a wooden cross with Sadie’s name on it and her collar hanging off it where she’s been buried; inside the house we see the grandfather clock stopping at 3:07, in Christine and Nancy’s room as they sleep Christine feels something tug at her foot]
Christine: Not funny, Nancy.
Christine: Stop grabbing my foot!
Nancy: Shut up! I didn’t do anything!
Christine: Yeah, right.
[there’s a moment’s pause]
Christine: Ew, and stop farting! It really stinks.
Nancy: Don’t blame that on me, it’s you.
[down in the living room, Roger’s passed out on a desk and the TV is showing static, Roger is awakened by noise, he turns off the TV and goes to investigate, he sees the kitchen door banging shut then bangs against the door jamb three times, he goes into the kitchen and sees the window open and thinks it’s the breeze, suddenly he hears more noise he rushes to go upstairs when he sees Andrea standing halfway down the stairs]
Roger Perron: Andrea, what are you doing out of bed? What’s that sound?
Andrea: It’s Cindy. She’s in my room. She sleepwalking again.
[Roger hurries to the room and finds Cindy thumping her head against the closet door]
Andrea: I’ve never seen her do this before.
[Roger walks up to Cindy and puts his hand against her forehead to pad it against the banging]
Andrea: I remembered you saying not to wake her if she’s like this or, so.
Roger Perron: No, we just put her back to bed.
[whispering to Cindy]
Roger Perron: Hey, hey, sweetie. Ssh. Let’s go back to bed.
[Roger turns her and starts leading her out of the room]
Roger Perron: She’s okay. Good night.
[the next morning Roger is brushing his teeth in the bathroom as Carolyn is showering]
Carolyn Perron: She’s sleepwalking again?! She hasn’t done that for a while.
Roger Perron: She ended up in Andrea’s room, the whole thing kind of freaked her out.
[Carolyn steps out of the shower]
Carolyn Perron: That’s not good. What are we going to do?
Roger Perron: I don’t know.
[Roger notices a bruise on Carolyn’s back]
Roger Perron: Honey, you got another bruise here.
Carolyn Perron: Hm?
Roger Perron: Does that hurt?
[Carolyn moves closer to the mirror to take a look]
Carolyn Perron: That’s weird.
Roger Perron: I don’t know. Will you do me a favor, go see a doctor for that?
Carolyn Perron: Yeah, I will. Drive safe.
[she turns to Roger and kisses him]
Roger Perron: Yeah.
[Carolyn hugs him]
Carolyn Perron: I love you.
Roger Perron: I love you, too.
Carolyn Perron: Okay.
[as Roger leaves the house to go to work he hears something thump against the side of the house, he walks around and finds a bird on the ground writhing as it dies]
[later that morning Carolyn waves to the girls as they walk toward the school bus, then we see April sitting in her room talking]
April: Yes, I do. I miss Sadie a lot. She was my best friend. You’re my friend, right?
[there’s a moment’s pause]
April: Yeah, let’s play.
[Carolyn enters the room and sees April sat with the music box opposite her]
Carolyn Perron: Who are you talking to?
Carolyn Perron: Rory?
April: He’s my new friend.
Carolyn Perron: Oh, really?
April: Yeah. Do you want to see him?
Carolyn Perron: Yeah, uh-huh. How?
April: With this.
[Cindy picks up the music box and hands it to Carolyn]
April: When the music stops, you see him in the mirror, standing behind you.
Carolyn Perron: Okay.
[Carolyn opens the music box]
April: But you have to twist the key.
Carolyn Perron: Okay.
[Carolyn twists the key and looks in the mirror as the music plays, when the music stops she sees a movement behind her but then suddenly April jumps behind her and scares her]
April: Boo, Mommy!
Carolyn Perron: Woh! April, you just gave me a heart attack.
April: Got ya!
Carolyn Perron: Well, okay. I guess Rory doesn’t want to see me, huh?
April: Hmm. Oh, well. Can we play hide and clap?
Carolyn Perron: Hide and clap! Oh, honey…
April: Please! Nobody ever lets me play.
Carolyn Perron: Okay, okay.
[April ties a scarf around Carolyn’s eyes]
April: Remember, you get to ask me for three claps.
Carolyn Perron: Okay.
[April starts spinning Carolyn]
April and Carolyn: One, two, three.
April: I’m going to go hide now.
[April rushes out of the room, Carolyn continues spinning as April goes to hide]
Carolyn Perron: Four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten.
[Carolyn steps out of the room]
Carolyn Perron: First clap!
[she hears two claps and starts walking forward blindfolded, she bumps into the stair banisters]
Carolyn Perron: Ow, shit!
[she calls out to April]
Carolyn Perron: Second clap!
[she hears two claps coming from Andrea’s room, she shuffles towards the room and enters]
Carolyn Perron: April. Um, April.
[she listens to the surrounding, then slowly the closet door behind her creaks open, Carolyn turns towards the closet]
Carolyn Perron: Oh, I know where you’re hiding. Give me the third clap.
[a pair of hands pushes the clothes in the closet slightly aside and claps, Carolyn chuckles as she slowly walks towards the closet]
Carolyn Perron: I’m going to get you now.
[as she walks closer to the closet she hears loud breathing noise]
Carolyn Perron: I can hear you breathing.
[Carolyn reaches the closet and inserts her hand between the clothes]
Carolyn Perron: April. April.
[suddenly she hears running feet behind her, she takes off her blindfold and looks at the closet, as she wrenches the clothes aside April suddenly appears behind her laughing]
April: Ha, ha, you took your blindfold off. I win! You weren’t even warm, Mom. I was in Christine and Nancy’s room.
[Carolyn looks freaked out as she peers at the closet]
[later that evening, Roger has returned home from work and is talking on the phone]
Roger Perron: I…I got to have some routes here or I’m going to lose the insurance on the rig.
[he listens for a moment]
Roger Perron: Well, that’s like have my rate, man.
[Carolyn enters the kitchen and listens to Roger’s conversation]
Roger Perron: Yeah, okay. I’ll, uh, I’ll take it. Thank you.
[Roger hangs up the phone, Carolyn comes up and touches his arm]
Carolyn Perron: What’s the route?
Roger Perron: It’s, uh, Florida. It’s a week turn around. I start tomorrow.
Carolyn Perron: We’ll get through this.
[Roger looks unconvinced]
Roger Perron: Yeah.
Carolyn Perron: Come on, let’s go to bed.
[in the middle of the night in Christine and Nancy’s room, as both girls are asleep suddenly Christine’s body is lightly tugged]
Christine: Stop it, Nancy. It’s not funny anymore, I’m trying to sleep. Please stop grabbing my feet.
[she turns over and pulls her legs in, as she tries to go back to sleep suddenly her leg is yanked forward, she sits up in bed in fear and looks over to Nancy who is asleep in her bed, she looks under the bed in fear but finds nothing when suddenly she sees the bedroom door moving and sees something behind the door]
[Nancy stirs awake and looks at Christine sitting up in bed]
Nancy: What are you doing?
[she notices that Christine looks terrified and is staring at something ahead]
Nancy: Christine? Are you alright?
Christine: Do you see it?
[Nancy looks across the room]
Nancy: See what?
[Christine points her finger towards the door]
Christine: There’s someone behind the door.
Christine: There’s someone standing over there.
Nancy: I don’t see anyone.
Christine: It’s looking right at us.
[Nancy gets out of bed to take a look]
Christine: Nancy, don’t! Nancy!
Nancy: No, no. Look, look.
[Nancy pulls the door aside to look behind it]
Nancy: Look. There’s no one. There’s no one here. See?
[she turns to look at Christine]
Nancy: Ugh, it’s that smell again!
[Christine looks terrified as she stares at Nancy]
Christine: Oh, my God. It’s standing right behind you.
[Nancy starts feeling something behind her, as she slowly turns her head suddenly the bedroom door slams shut and Christine starts screaming]
[Roger and Carolyn and awakened by Christine and Nancy’s screaming and rush towards their room where the door is shut, Carolyn tries to open their door]
Carolyn Perron: Christine, Christine! Christine!
[Carolyn manages to open the door, she and Roger rush inside towards Christine who’s screaming and crying in terror]
Carolyn Perron: Christine!
Christine: No! No!
Roger Perron: What’s going on? What happened?
Christine: There’s someone else in here!
Carolyn Perron: What?
Roger Perron: Where?
Christine: By the door! It was behind the door!
[Roger checks behind the door]
Roger Perron: Honey, there’s nothing in here. There’s nobody in here.
Christine: Dad, there was someone else in here! I was just sleeping and then I felt someone grab my feet. So I thought it was Nancy.
Roger Perron: Well, honey, I’m pretty sure it was just a bad dream.
Christine: No, no! It talked to me! It said…that it wants my family dead.
[Roger takes her into his arms as she sobs hysterically, the other girls all now woken, gather by the door looking worried]
[at the Warrens house, Lorraine and Judy are playing with the chicken in their garden when Lorraine notices Ed heading out]
Lorraine Warren: Where are you off to?
Ed Warren: Uh, I just got to run to the store for a few things.
Lorraine Warren: Why do you even try?
Ed Warren: What? What do you mean?
Lorraine Warren: In fifteen years, have you ever been able to lie to me?
Ed Warren: Father Gordon called, he’s got a case he wants us to look into. I said I’d go check it out myself.
[Lorraine opens the chicken coop gate]
Ed Warren: Lorraine, myself!
Lorraine Warren: I’m going with you.
[Ed turns and starts walking towards the car and Lorraine follows him]
Lorraine Warren: I know you’re worried it’s going to happened again.
Ed Warren: Yeah, I am. I really am. Maybe it’s just time we take a break, write that book.
Lorraine Warren: Do you remember what you said to me on our wedding night?
Ed Warren: “Can we do it again?”
Lorraine Warren: After that.
[they both laugh]
Lorraine Warren: You said that God brought us together for a reason, right? I’m pretty sure it’s not to write a book.
[they look at each other for a moment]
Lorraine Warren: I’m going to get dressed.
[Ed and Lorraine are in the attic of a couple named David and Leah]
Lorraine Warren: We’ve isolated the disturbances to the attic. Now I just want you to listen for a second.
[they hear a noise echoing through the house]
Leah: Oh, my God. That’s it!
Lorraine Warren: Do it again, Ed!
[Ed steps onto a floorboard in the attic and the noise happens again]
Ed Warren: Right now it’s just my weight, but if you take the water coming off the pipe combined with the wind coming through the broken window, and these boards are going to expand and rub against each other. You heard it all through the house because of these pipes linking to the radiator.
David: So this place isn’t haunted?
Lorraine Warren: No, it rarely is. Yeah, there’s usually always some kind of rational explanation.
[at the Perrons house, Carolyn is in the bathroom and notices more bruises on her body, she takes her prescribed iron deficiency tablets; later at night in her room she’s folding laundry as she listens to the radio, suddenly she hears a child giggling, she turns off the radio and hears the sounds of hands clapping]
Carolyn Perron: Girls, it’s way past your bed time.
[she goes out of the room to check and finds the girls are all asleep in their rooms, suddenly she hears a crashing noise and finds the framed family pictures hanging from the wall by the stairs have all fallen and broken, she goes downstairs to investigate when she hears the clapping noise again]
Carolyn Perron: Who is that?!
[she walks through the hallway and checks the living room and kitchen when suddenly she sees the cellar door open and hears a note being played on the old piano in the cellar, Carolyn walks towards the cellar in fear, turns on the light in the cellar and from top of the stairs she takes a quick peek into the cellar sees nothing and steps back]
Carolyn Perron: Whose ever down there, I’m going to lock you in now!
[as she turns to go out of the cellar suddenly the door shuts in her face knocking her down the cellar stairs to the cellar floor, Carolyn painfully sits up and looks around her in terror, suddenly a small ball roles out and Carolyn quickly runs up the stairs, then the light bulb explodes and Carolyn screams in terror, she tries to open the door but it’s locked]
Carolyn Perron: Help! Help me out! Help!
[the sound of a child giggling is heard, Carolyn finds the matches Roger had left on the shelf and lights one, as she looks around in terror suddenly she hears a child’s ghostly voice]
Ghostly Voice: Hey, want to play hide and clap?
[suddenly from the darkness behind Carolyn a pair of hands appear and clap extinguishing the match and making Carolyn scream in terror and trying to open the cellar door]
[at the same time Andrea wakes to find Cindy has sleepwalked into her room and is banging her head against her closet door]
[Andrea gets out of bed and walks over to Cindy]
[she puts her hand against her forehead to protect it against the thumping]
Andrea: Alright? Alright, come on. Come on.
[she turns Cindy around]
Andrea: There you go.
[she starts leading her away from the closet]
Andrea: Okay, you can, uh, you can just sleep with me tonight, alright? Right here.
[she leads Cindy to her bed]
Andrea: There you go.
[she tucks Cindy under the sheets, but suddenly she hears thumping on the closet again, Andrea turns and walks slowly towards the closet, she opens the closet doors but finds no one inside, at the same time Cindy sits up in bed and sees something terrifying, Andrea looks up and sees a hideous figure in a dirty nightgown on top of the closet, suddenly it jumps down and attacks Andrea]
[at the same time as Carolyn is trapped in the cellar and Andrea is being attacked by the hideous figure, Roger arrives home and hears the screams, he quickly rushes inside]
Carolyn Perron: Help! Help! Help!
[Roger hears Carolyn and opens the cellar door to let her out, then they rush upstairs]
Roger Perron: Andrea! Andrea!
[Cindy rushes to her parents]
Cindy: Daddy! Help her, Daddy!
[Roger enters Andrea’s room to find Andrea alone in the room and on the floor screaming]
Roger Perron: Who’s in here? What happened?
[Carolyn goes to hug Andrea and the other girls rush into the room looking terrified and crying]
Roger Perron: Will somebody Goddammit tell me what’s going on here!
[Ed and Lorraine are giving a lecture]
Ed Warren: Fear is defined as a feeling of agitation and anxiety caused by the presence or eminence of danger. Whether it’s a ghost, a spirit or an entity, they all feed on it.
[Ed points to the man on the film footage being shown from a projector]
Ed Warren: Take Maurice here. He’s a French-Canadian farmer, had nothing more than third-grade education, yet after he was possessed, spoke some of the best Latin I’d ever heard. Sometime backwards. He’d been molested by his father, who had also tortured him repeatedly. A dark spirit made its home in this man.
Lorraine Warren: Now, if you look into his eyes, you can see him tearing blood.
[the footage shows an exorcism being performed on the man and blood is pouring from his eyes]
Lorraine Warren: And, like that, an upside down cross started to appear from within his body.
[the footage shows the man lifting his shirt and a cross appearing from under his skin]
Ed Warren: Alright, Drew, you can hit the lights.
[the lights in the room come on and the majority of the audience raises their hands]
Ed Warren: Oh.
Female Student: Did you personally perform the exorcism?
Ed Warren: No, I’m not authorized. But I’ve assisted on many. See an exorcism can be very dangerous, not only for the victim, but for anyone in the room.
Female Student: So, what happened to Maurice?
Ed Warren: Well, he tried to kill his wife. But instead he shot her in the arm and then he turned the gun on himself. Maurice had a very troubled life with little to live for, and not even an exorcist could bring him back. Which brings us to the three stages of demonic activity: Infestation, oppression and possession. Now infestation, that’s…that’s the whispering, the footsteps, the feeling of another presence, which ultimately grows into oppression, the second stage. Now this is where the victim, and it’s usually the one who’s the most psychologically vulnerable, is targeted specifically by an external force. Breaks the victim down, crushes their will. And once in a weakened state, leads into the third and final stage, possession.
[we see as Ed is talking that Carolyn is sat in the audience listening]
[after their talk is over, the Warrens are packing their stuff into their car in the parking lot when Drew walks over with Carolyn]
Drew: Hey, Ed, Lorraine?
Ed Warren: Yeah?
Drew: There is someone here that would like to talk to you.
Ed Warren: Oh, hi.
Lorraine Warren: Thanks, Drew.
Drew: Sure, I’ll see you later.
[Drew turns and walks off; to Carolyn]
Lorraine Warren: How can we help you?
Carolyn Perron: There’s something horrible happening in my house. Could you come take a look?
Ed Warren: You know, uh, it’s getting kind of late. We really need to be heading home.
Carolyn Perron: No, you don’t understand.
Ed Warren: Oh, but we do. There’s usually some sort of rational explanation…
Carolyn Perron: I have five daughters who are scared to death. I’m so afraid this thing wants to hurt us. I mean, you have a daughter, won’t you do anything you could to protect her? Please! Please can you come and take a look?
[moved by this, Lorraine gives Ed a quick look]
Lorraine Warren: Of course we will. Of course we will.
[Ed and Lorraine drive over to the Perrons house and knock on their door, the girls are all sat in the living room watching TV]
Carolyn Perron: Hey, would you guys turn it off? Thanks.
[Carolyn walks over to the front door and lets the Warrens in]
Carolyn Perron: Hello. Hi.
Lorraine Warren: Hi.
Carolyn Perron: Thanks for coming.
Roger Perron: Hi. I’m Roger.
Lorraine Warren: Lorraine.
[Roger and Lorraine shake hands]
Ed Warren: Nice to meet you, Roger. Ed Warren.
[Ed and Roger shake hands]
Roger Perron: Thanks for coming.
Carolyn Perron: Please, come in. Thank you. So…
[Lorraine looks around and notices the girls standing in the living room]
Lorraine Warren: Oh, my God! Look at you all. Who are these beautiful young women?
Carolyn Perron: That’s Andrea, the oldest. Nancy, Cindy, Christine and April.
[to the girls]
Carolyn Perron: This is Mr. and Mrs. Warren.
[to the Warrens]
Carolyn Perron: We, um, we’re all sleeping down here now.
Lorraine Warren: Hm.
Carolyn Perron: The girls feel safer and it’s warmer. I’m constantly turning up the heat but the house is always freezing.
Roger Perron: It’s not the problem with the furnace though. I mean, not that I can find.
[Ed and Lorraine look around then Ed starts walking out of living room and Carolyn follows him]
Carolyn Perron: It’s gotten a lot worse the past few nights. There’s this…awful smell, like rotting meat, that moves around the house.
[Lorraine walks up to Ed]
Ed Warren: Uh…
Carolyn Perron: What? What is it?
Ed Warren: Well, rancid smells could indicate some type of demonic activity.
Carolyn Perron: Oh, my God!
[Ed tries to open the door next to the stairs but the door handle have been tied with ropes]
Roger Perron: Oh, that’s to keep those doors from banging at night. Otherwise it’s like…
[he bangs his hand against the wall to indicate the banging noise]
Roger Perron: All night long, just like that.
[he bangs three times on the wall again to indicate what happens]
Ed Warren: Does it comes in threes?
Roger Perron: Yeah.
Ed Warren: Stops at dawn?
Roger Perron: Uh-huh.
Ed Warren: Well, sometimes it’s meant as an insult to the Trinity. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
[Carolyn and Roger lead the Warrens up the stairs]
Roger Perron: You know, it’s the damnest thing, but we also get all kinds of birds that will just fly against the side of the house and break their necks.
Ed Warren: Hm, really?
Carolyn Perron: And the clocks stop at 3:07 AM.
Lorraine Warren: All of them?
Carolyn Perron: Every one.
[as they upstairs hall Lorraine notices one of the family photo that had crashed to the floor]
Carolyn Perron: Oh, we were hanging those along the stairs. Something just kept knocking them down, so we stopped hanging them up.
[Lorraine puts the framed photo down, Carolyn takes them to Andrea’s room and shows them the wardrobe]
Carolyn Perron: That’s what I was talking about. It was here when we moved in. There’s also a lot of stuff in the cellar.
Lorraine Warren: Show me the cellar.
[inside the cellar, Lorraine stands in the center, closes her eyes and senses something]
Ed Warren: You picking up anything in here, hon?
Lorraine Warren: Something awful happened here, Ed.
[later in the kitchen, as Carolyn pours coffee for the Warrens Ed notices the bruises on her arm]
Ed Warren: Those bruises, are they from something that happened here?
Carolyn Perron: Oh, it’s some iron deficiency thing I have.
Ed Warren: You know, with all that’s been going on, why haven’t you just moved out?
Roger Perron: I have nowhere we’d move to, we got all our money tied up in this place, I had a lot of repairs on top of that. And I don’t know anybody who’s going to take in a family of seven indefinitely.
Carolyn Perron: It’s why we tracked you down.
Ed Warren: We’re glad you found us. Alright, let’s get started.
[Ed loads a cassette into a tape recorder and hits the record button; into the microphone of the recorder]
Ed Warren: My name is Ed Warren. It’s November 1st, 1971. I’m sitting here with Carolyn Perron, who with her family, has been experiencing supernatural occurrences.
[Ed puts the microphone near Carolyn]
Ed Warren: Okay, go ahead.
Carolyn Perron: Where do I start?
Ed Warren: From the first occurrence.
Carolyn Perron: I guess it was the clocks.
[in the living room, Lorraine talks to April]
Lorraine Warren: Mom and Dad tell me that you have a friend.
April: His name is Rory. He lives here, too.
Lorraine Warren: Hm.
April: But he always sad.
Lorraine Warren: Why is that?
April: He won’t tell me, but I think something bad happened to him.
Lorraine Warren: Do you mind if I try to see Rory?
[April hands the music box to Lorraine, she opens the lid, turns the handle playing the music, as the music starts Lorraine looks in the mirror at what’s being reflected behind her, suddenly she sees a figure of a ghostly boy behind her but it quickly disappears]
[Lorraine steps out of the house and walks over towards the large tree by the lake, Ed sees her and walks over to her]
Ed Warren: Hey!
[Lorraine doesn’t turn, but senses something, she hears the tree branch creak, she slowly turns and looks at Ed]
Ed Warren: What is it?
[we see a pair of dirty feet dangling behind Ed from the tree, Lorraine looks away fearfully and nearly faints but Ed catches her before she falls; later the Warrens are sat in the kitchen with Carolyn and Roger]
Roger Perron: We bought it at auction from the bank. So, you know, we never knew who had lived here.
Ed Warren: Well, Lorraine and I both feel, uh, that what your house needs is a cleansing. An exorcism.
Roger Perron: What? Exorcism? I thought that was…I thought that was something that you do to people.
Lorraine Warren: No, not necessarily. No.
Carolyn Perron: We have to get out of here.
Ed Warren: I’m afraid that’s not going to help. Uh, Lorraine saw something.
Ed Warren: Why don’t you go ahead, hon?
Lorraine Warren: I’ve been seeing the dark entity that haunts your house and your land. I saw it first when I came through your door, it was latched to your back. And then I saw it again with the girls when we walked into the living room. And it doesn’t matter where you go, this dark entity has latched itself to your family and its feeding off you.
[Carolyn looks shocked]
Carolyn Perron: Even if we…leave?
Lorraine Warren: Sometimes when you get haunted, it’s like stepping on gum. You take it with you.
[Carolyn looks upset]
Lorraine Warren: Look, I got to tell you. You have a lot of spirit in here, but this is the one that I’m most worried about, because it is so hateful.
Roger Perron: Okay, so what do we do? Do we call a priest?
Ed Warren: I wish it were that easy. Performing exorcism is an archaic procedure, requires years of training and…and even then, I have seen it go horribly wrong. But before we can get that far, the Church has to authorize it first. It means we got to investigate, gather evidence and provide proof. And that’s the hard part.
[as the Perrons show Ed and Lorraine out of the house]
Ed Warren: Have your children been baptized?
Roger Perron: Uh, no. We never got around to that. We’re not really a church going family.
Ed Warren: Well, you may want to rethink that. Our presence here could make things worse.
Carolyn Perron: Why?
Ed Warren: Because we’re a threat, and whatever you’re dealing with here isn’t going to like us. So far, it hasn’t done anything violent, and that’s a good sign. So we’re going to have our guy do some homework on the property though to see what we’re up against.
[that night at the Warrens house Lorraine is tucking Judy into bed]
Lorraine Warren: Judy, what are you’re up to?
Judy Warren: I got you a present.
[Judy lift her pillow to reveal a two lockets]
Judy Warren: Me and Nana got these at the Church’s yard sales.
Lorraine Warren: Honey!
Judy Warren: One for you and one for me.
[Lorraine opens her locket and there’s a photo of Judy inside it]
Lorraine Warren: Ah!
Judy Warren: I put a picture of you and Daddy in mine. Nana said this way we’ll always be together. You’ll be with me and I’ll be with you.
[Lorraine looks touched by this]
Judy Warren: I miss you and Daddy.
[later Lorraine is wearing the locket around her neck, she’s sat looking at Judy’s photo in the locket]
Ed Warren: Hey, hon!
Lorraine Warren: Yep?
Ed Warren: You’re not going to believe this. Carolyn’s voice didn’t record.
[Ed enters the room and places the tape recorder on the table]
Lorraine Warren: What do you mean?
Ed Warren: Listen.
[he hits play and the tape plays]
Ed Warren: My name is Ed Warren. It’s November 1st, 1971. I am sitting here with Carolyn Perron, who, with her family, has been experiencing supernatural occurrences.
Ed Warren: Alright, go ahead.
[a long silence follows where Carolyn had spoken]
Ed Warren: From the first occurrence.
[there’s another long silence; to Lorraine]
Ed Warren: Nothing.
[Ed stops the tape]
Ed Warren: The whole time. I don’t know, you find anything?
Lorraine Warren: Lots. I mean, it’s no wonder they’re going through what they are.
[Lorraine hands Ed and old photo of the Perrons house]
Lorraine Warren: That’s the original farm house. It was built in 1863 by a man named Jedson Sherman, who was married to a woman named Bathsheba. Ed, she’s related to Mary Town Estye. She’s one of the woman accused of witchcraft in Salem, she was hung during the trials.
Ed Warren: Wow.
Lorraine Warren: So, after Bathsheba married Jedson, they had a baby, and when the baby was seven days old, Jedson caught her sacrificing it in front of the fireplace. She ran out to that tree by the dock, climbed up, proclaimed her love to Satan, cursed anyone who tried to take her land, and hung herself. Time of death was pronounced at 3:07 in the morning.
Ed Warren: Well, that explains a few things.
Lorraine Warren: Yeah, so does this.
[Lorraine shows Ed an old photo of woman with a young boy]
Lorraine Warren: Her last name is Walker, she lived there in the 30’s. She had a boy named Rory, who mysteriously disappeared in the woods. Then she killed herself in the cellar. And that’s not all.
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