Film Theory: The TRUE STORY of The Conjuring Horror Movies – What REALLY Happened?

Film Theory: The TRUE STORY of The Conjuring Horror Movies – What REALLY Happened?


Growling, Evil Laughter Demonic Voices *clap* Film Theory Hello internet Welcome to Film Theory The show that believes we have nothing to fear… But fear itself. -Franklin D Roosevelt Well, that and DEMON-itization *Evil MatPat Laugh* MUAHAHAHAHA Now, as anyone whose ever watched me play a horror game can tell you I’m a pretty big scaredy cat but here’s the thing I’ll get startled for a moment, but it’s pretty rare that horror movies stick with me and keep me from getting sleep at night because 99% of the time, i could just rationalize that it’s a movie Sure, great white sharks or genetically mutated great white sharks or prehistoric super great white sharks are scary in the moment but their movies are works of complete fiction. And while you certainly got some slasher movies based on real life serial killers I deal with psychotic people all the time My job is on the internet after all. Ba doom *shing* No, what’s really un-nerving to me Is that little voice in the back of your head That says “supernatural phenomena might actually be true” Which is why The Conjuring movies tend to be so terrifying because not only are these films well-shot, psychological horror pieces, but because they claim to be retellings of real events If you’re not familiar, The Conjuring universe includes: two main series titles about haunted houses and demonic possessions, Two Annabelle movies about a doll that’s haunted because, I mean, just look at the thing and now The Nun, which is about a demonic nun whose eyes seem to indicate an advanced case of jaundice. While the truth about the Annabelle movie should be taken with a grain of salt, and The Nun should be taken with like a Kilo of salt, The Conjuring and its sequel are actually pretty interesting. You see Ed and Lorraine Warren, the main characters, are the real names of the real ghost hunters who claim these are real cases where these things really happened. And that got me thinking about two things: Number one: that I don’t have nearly enough Holy Water in my house, And number two: just how true are these ghost stories I mean, these movies are creepy as all get-out, and you’re telling me they’re real? How worried do I actually need to be? Are they real in so far as Ed and Lorraine claimed these to be true stories? or are they actually supported by real evidence? Are they “true” stories or are they true “stories”? So today not only do I want to explore how real The Conjuring gets, but also how true a story needs to be for it to claim that it’s based on a true story So turn off the lights and don’t turn around to see that shadow crawling up behind you. Because today, we’re looking for the scariest thing of all this halloween: THE TRUTH *old film camera rolling* *Modulated MatPat voice*: New England, 1970’s The Perrin family moves into a non-descript farm house only to start experiencing strange noises and smells. Carolyn, the mother, reports that she’s being attacked by some sort of female demon. Enter Ed and Lorraine Warren: ghost hunters, Who determined the evil presence to be a witch named Bathsheba. An old crone who once lived in the house, sacrificed her week-old child to the devil, then killed herself in 1863. Carolyn becomes possessed by Bathsheba, the Warrens perform an exorcism and the spirit is driven out. Post-ExorcismMatPat: This is the story of the first conjuring, but how much of that is real? Well for starters, Ed and Lorraine Warren were really the top demonologists and medium duo of the era. Can’t really imagine how many people were actively competing with them for that title… But regardless, they had a laundry list of famous paranormal investigations under their belts, including ones that inspired movies not in The Conjuring franchise like The Amityville Horror and A Haunting in Connecticut. One of those cases was indeed a spirit named Bathsheba haunting the Perrin family whose names weren’t changed for the film. In interviews Andrea Perrin, the oldest child, did say that the movie captured the essence of what they were going through. She’s been upfront about witnessing her mother’s exorcism and has gone on record to say “I thought I was going to pass out.” “My mother began to speak a language not of this world in a voice not her own.” “Her chair levitated and she was thrown across the room.” “Whoever the spirit was, she perceived herself to be a mistress of the house and she resented the competition my mother posed for that position.” The father, Roger, had similar things to say: Now, of course. Those are just interviews. It’s easy enough for people to lie. The Bathsheba bit, on the other hand, gives us something to work with. According to Andrea Perrin: This is where fact and fiction get tough to distinguish I did some more digging and in the area where the Perrin family lived there definitely was a woman named Bathsheba Sherman who lived there in the mid 19th century but it doesn’t appear that she lived in the same house as the parents and there’s Definitely no hard evidence that she was a witch It appears that three out of her four children died young But this was also a time when agitated babies were prescribed gin and opium to help them calm down So suffice it to say that losing a few kids in the 1800s wasn’t exactly proof of witchcraft Apparently the rumors of Bathsheba’s witchcraft started when an infant mysteriously died in her care killed by a large sewing needle that was impaled into the base of the skull but there are no records of any charges against Bathsheba that actually stuck it’s Unclear how seriously people took these rumors considering she was buried in the town cemetery next to the graves of her children Which doesn’t seem like something a Christian community would do for someone who was thought to be a Satanist That said for Lorraine Warren to walk into the house and come up with the name Bathsheba is interesting and awfully specific until you consider that the Warrens were brought on to the case in the first place by a local Paranormal group meaning that they very well could have been fed the local legend before meeting the parents so overall the people the place in the details of the haunting appear to be real even if the actual Ghosts in witches might not be you would expect the sequels and spin-offs of the conjuring to have much less basis in real events But that doesn’t seem to be the case. The conjuring 2 is based off the Enfield poltergeist case in England in the 1970s Which again the Warren’s investigated in this one Janet Hodgson the second oldest of four children Finds herself possessed by the spirit of an elderly man, Bill Wilkins, who states that he wants to reclaim his home Jannetty, you all right? *Voice of Bill Wilkins* My name is Bill Wilkins and I’m 72 years old. And unlike in the first conjuring that isn’t just a scene from the movie but real life. The BBC made a documentary about the alleged haunting and Investigators have lots of audio of 11 year old Janet Hodgson sounding more like a hundred year old coal miner who smokes like a chimney Is anybody there? Knock Knock it takes a while but listen long enough and she eventually Identifies herself as an old man named Bill Wilkins who died of a brain hemorrhage in a very specific chair in the house This is a nice story made up by the kid, right? well maybe until you consider that Bill Wilkin’s son Terry listened to the recordings and identified the voice as Sounding very much, like his father’s and that the cause and place of the death were correct And if that wasn’t creepy enough the events that caused the Warrens to get involved in the first place are pretty irrefutable. In both the movie and in real life a police woman gets called to the Hodgson home in the 70s and says that she saw chairs sliding across the floor Going so far as to sign an official affidavit to say as much. Most of the time these ghost stories It’s the family who has something to gain by lying It’s hard to say how a third party police officer called in to investigate would benefit from doing something like that. Over a period of the next 18 months more than 30 people including neighbors, psychic researchers, and journalists said that they saw heavy furniture moving on its own accord and objects being thrown across the room. Now if you’ll excuse me I’m just gonna turn all the lights on in the house and grab myself a crucifix or five. And that’s gonna be a big heaping helping a nope. No, no, no, no no. When it comes to Annabelle and Annabelle creation these movies are based on a real spooky doll that the Warrens investigated before the events of the conjuring movies. According to the demonologist, a book that chronicled cases taken by Ed and Lorraine Warren, the Annabelle doll had been a gift but began to move on its own, leave written notes and move objects around the room. The doll itself is even under glass at the Warrens occult Museum in Connecticut’s still haunts to this very day Multiple visitors who’ve broken the warning of “don’t touch the glass” and taunted the doll have had horrific traffic accidents happen to them as they drive home. But don’t worry that draught you feel going up your spine isn’t from the doll, it’s from the cold hard rejection the local news guy gets when he asks his co-anchor to go see the doll with him. Maybe next time you can go to the museum with me and we can, ah No, absolutely not. You sure? There isn’t enough money in the world That is one cold shoulder. Now it’s pretty clear that the one thing all these movies have in common. Is that the way that their stories resolve themselves isn’t quite reality. The parents apparently continue to live in their farmhouse with spirits in the basement for over a decade Janet’s possession by Bill Wilkins was investigated countless times with the ultimate conclusion being that the whole Enfield poltergeist was a combination of some simple furniture pranks and girls talented in ventriloquism Real-life doesn’t wrap up into neat little packages the way the movies do. But the facts of the cases the people involved and the events described even if they were hoaxes are all mostly what happened. So at this point, here’s my question. Is that enough to call these true stories? I mean we have explicit laws in place that outright prevent false advertising Is there a threshold for how much truth has to be in a work of fiction before you can call it true or at the very least based on a true story? Well, let’s consider a couple of cases another horror movie “The Strangers” also claimed to be inspired by true events The story is about three masked home intruders who show up at a house and proceeded to torture the family there for no reason. And what was the truth behind that one? That the screenwriter once got a knock on his door from some stranger’s who were committing robberies in the neighborhood That’s it And then there’s the opening text from the Blair Witch Project and Fargo. Two movies that flat out state that the events that you’re about to see are either real or recreations of what really happened. So what were the true stories behind both of those two films? Nothing, nada, zip, bupkis. Both of those stories were entirely made up. The movies said they were real and they totally got away with it Although it should be mentioned that tons of people were fooled into thinking that the Blair Witch Project was completely true Ahh, the 90s when people assumed that what they saw on the Internet was real. Oh wait, they still do that today. So how movie is able to get away with this? Well, most advertising statutes in the U.S. are regulated by the Federal Trade Commission But most of those rules are predicated on ensuring that products don’t make misleading health claims or misrepresent what the consumer is gonna tangibly receive Movies don’t apply to either of those. Even if they did the Federal Trade Commission doesn’t do that great of a job of enforcing these statues. Like say when Apple was advertising their iPhone 3G as twice as fast, half the price but neither of those things were true. When people sued for the ads being misleading Apple’s response was shocked that consumers would actually believe their claims. Quote “Plaintiff’s claims are barred by the fact that the alleged deceptive statements were such that no reasonable person in Plaintiff’s position could have reasonably relied on or misunderstood Apple’s statements as claims of fact” Yep There was no way I could have misconstrued those giant words in all caps as being factual statements about your new product In an episode about poltergeists and hauntings. I swear the scariest thing in it is corporate greed So anyway movies can say they’re true, completely lie, and be ignored by the law But here’s the twist… movies that are only partially true are actually much more vulnerable to lawsuits This is mostly because fictional characters and their fictional families can’t sue you but the real people you portray in your film just might. For example in the Denzel Washington biopic, “The Hurricane” in which a championship boxing contender is wrongfully convicted of murder Washington’s character Hurricane Carter, fights another boxer named Joey Giardello In the movie, Hurricane Carter beats up Giardello, but loses the fight because the judges were prejudiced against him because he was black This didn’t sit very well with the real Joey Giardello who was still alive and litigious when the movie came out in 1999. He sued the makers of the movie for portraying him as incompetent and damaging his legacy, with the judge from the fight calling the film’s depiction of Giardello as ludicrous he reached a settlement with the producers out of court and lo and behold the DVD commentary includes the director outright saying that Giardello was no doubt a great fighter. Even the Conjuring franchise has gotten into some hot legal water not because of how true the movies were or weren’t but because the author of the demonologist Gerald Brittle owned the rights to the Warren stories. He sued Warner Brothers for nearly a billion dollars citing copyright infringement. So how did WB get out of the lawsuit? By claiming fair use of the plots given that they were based on historical fact In other words Warner Brothers legal case rested on the stories of ghosts, possessions and haunted dolls to be so true They could not legally be copyrighted and best of all they won. (How Shocking) Which tells us two pretty shocking things first that legally you’re in a better position to make up total BS and Then call it the truth in your marketing then you are to just base your story on true events and run the risk of someone suing you and 2. in the eyes of the criminal justice system ghosts, witches and demonic possessions are all in the realm of historical fact. But hey, that’s just a theory, a spooky theory and Make sure you subscribe for more scary theories about ghosts goblins Disturbing YouTube videos and worst of all the depravity businesses will go to you… FOR MONEY Speaking of subscribing remember when did you know movies was the show on the channel? Well Shane who’s the producer of that series is off on his own channel now normal boots along with a lot of my other friends in the Creator space So if you love that series or if you just want to revisit some of the classic episodes or if you’re looking for a quality Retro gaming channel. It’s still going on over there So make sure you head on over and subscribe tell him bill wilkins has sent ya and happy early Halloween I’ll try to fit in one more scary theory before the month’s out

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  1. One time my little eight year old little sister started watching the conjuring with my 9 yr old neighbor 😂 what they wanted was Annabelle which isn’t much better…

    (They watched the Annabelle one)

  2. i went ghost hunting as an event at my college with a man who worked closely with the Warrens and it was really really freaky. i had some weird experiences in the buildings we were in

  3. I feel like meg ruined my fearful perspective of oceans because of one fact sharks like that big don’t exist anymore……or do they

  4. So Bathsheba is another framed one like Blair witch

    Man they need to really build an entity (falsely) framed recovery community

  5. a story from a couple of ghost hunters does not make that story true or real .These films were based on stories from a real couple that are portrayed in the films.Based on a true story is a much abused term .Just because the couple that came up with these stories are real doesnt make anything they say or write true.

  6. Lmao, all you losers being all scared of your cross on the wall turning upside down. JUST WEAR A CROSS ON YOUR NECK LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  7. That Annabelle curse is fake, i went there last summer and did exactly what your not supposed to do and i'm still here. From what I've heard from the locals is that it is a place of heavy drinking. Lots of drunk teenagers driving on the streets so crashes aren't that rare. The fact that it lines up with the crash is just a plain coincidence

  8. Very interesting video. Also as a decendent of Ed and Lorraine warren i appreciate the amount of research you put into this video

  9. THEY CLAIM FAIR USE BUT IF YOU EVEN PUT A SECOND OF THEIR CONTENT IN YOUR VIDEO CLAIMED RULES FOR THEE NOT FOR ME

  10. Actually an interesting fact about most any horror franchise ever is the fact that the upside down cross is actually Peter's cross,characterized that way because Simon Peter, the disciple of Jesus, was crucified upside down, saying that he was not worthy to be crucified in the same way as his Lord, right side up. A Satanic cross is actually a right side up cross with two horizontal lines and an infinity sign connected to it at the bottom.

  11. ME: (sees into)

    …….

    also ME: i'ma just sit here reading comments and listen to MatPats sweet/cute voice

    MatPat: (changes voice)

    ME: CRAP

  12. With the Blair Witch Project, based on a true story is used to build up scares. They just want to make the film scarier by making the audience think what they show really happened. Every found footage film out there does it and just because they make out that what they show actually happened doesn't mean it has to be taken so literally.

  13. AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
    These movies are pure 💩 but without the happy face

  14. Matpat: the scariest thing in the world……..

    My Brain: FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDDDDDDDDYSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!

    Matpat: the truth

    Me:…………ARE YOU CRAZY MATPAT

  15. these videos are so good that I keep switching over to other paused videos in another tab and just listen to the audio assuming that the video is a still image, and I will still be interested in whatever the contents are, before I inevitably re-read the video title and realize that it wasn't a big brain moment
    everyone puts in so much work in every video, of course the people that work on the visuals make it a ton better too (as I would prefer something other than a still image)

  16. 0:39
    wait… look at the video in bottom right of the screen… the plush in the background…. on the shelf….
    SCP 729-J BREACHED!
    WE ARE ALL DEAD! GET THAT THING AWAY FROM ME! THAT IS THE APOCALYPSE WAITING TO HAPPEN! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
    (srsly though, read SCP 729-J's article. It's hilarious.)

  17. for some reason when I imagine a demonic Nun trying to sneak up behind someone it is a six foot MMA veteran fighter or special forces soldier, if you can scare him then you are scary.

  18. Not a big fan of how they made annabelle look in the movie. Like the doll that shes based off of is like a raggedy ann doll or some shit

  19. all of warrens cases are real all the exorcisms they did is and was real all hauntings they helped wit are real mat pat is fuckin idiot and ghosts n demons are real who ever takes mat pats theory over mine and the warrens them selves are idiots and are idiot ass sceptics

  20. they were not hoaxes they were true events god i hate this channel its full of idiots im former pagan turned lucifiran abd btw bliar witch is based off of bell witch haunting dumb ass

  21. "Don't turn around"

    Raises my middle finger behind me: Bitch I fucking dare you let's see who's really gonna be afraid Casper

  22. Dude – this is irresponsible. Ed and Lorraine Warren never did an honest thing in their entire professional lives. Lorraine was at least sincere and deluded, but Ed was pretty much the worst. Even pretending that those two weren't the worst kind of lying hucksters with your audience is an abdication of your basic responsibility to at least not make the world a worse place. You claim in your Dawson video to like critical thinking? This is actively hurting it.

    https://skeptoid.com/episodes/4527

  23. I'm sorry to burst your bubble but ghost cannot exist scientifically. This is because, if they exist, they will be made up of pure energy as by definition they do not have any matter. So to stay forever, they would need some continuous supply of energy. Also, even if they exist, they won't disturb you because they'll be spending their own energy which is going to reduce their lifespan. It's all thermodynamics.

  24. mattpatt: "based on real-life cereal killers."
    me when I was 5: "cereal killer?"
    me when I was 5: "OMG SAVE THE CORN FLAKES!!!!"

  25. i think i want to make a horror interactive movie where theres a scene that we should pause then i let the viewers/audience open up a scary facebook account or insta story to make everything haunting

  26. If a scary movie was based on a true story it makes it 100× scarier. I remember not being able to sleep at night when I first watched "The Conjuring" because it actually happened (of course there was some additional stuff that didn't happen but still)

  27. im in my moms room finishing homework when matpat says to not turn around, I turn around jokingly, see my moms face, and damn near had a heart attack lol

  28. I actually live in Romania pretty close to the Castle where they shot The Nun… the Castel isn't haunted just it was one of "Dracula" castles

  29. I watched "The Conjuring" recently and I cried…tears of joy. Like seriously, I'm the only person to cry tears of joy while watching a fRiCkInG hOrRoR mOvIe!

  30. Matpat: don’t turn around to see that shadow behind you

    Me: ha I’m out at 3AM in a bad neighbourhood so there is no streetlights so no shadows

  31. I was sitting and watching this in the dark, creeped out but not enough to turn on lights or anything but then my computer randomly turned on without me touching it and only certain lights on it turned on and I had to turn on the lights I got so spooked

  32. Is it scary that I live in New England more specifically Connecticut when I was watching this I got a little scared

  33. I like that most people (Including me) always says that people in horror movies are dumb since they always turn toward the noise and says out loud Hello, Who's there, etc.

    But in reality, we would probably do the same.

    That's just my thought lol. I still think most people in horror movies or dumb tho.

  34. see a ghost at the end of the hall. Just walk towards it. What's it gonna do? Kill you? I bet those boys wouldn't even expect it. They'd prob run away themselves.

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