“The Conjuring” changes the story of the house a bit. In the movie, Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) states that the house was built in 1863 by Judson Sherman, but that’s not the real story. “It was a house that was completed as it is now in 1736,” said Andrea Perron, author and eldest daughter of the Perron family. paranormal live tv in 2020 (at the 34:38-35:12 mark). “It was built by the Richardsons.”
Some real estate listings have the construction date as 1836. What can be certain is that Sherman did not build the house for his family to move into.
A bit of movie magic allowed the production to use a house that doesn’t quite resemble the original house. The real house (on the left in the comparison above) is a two-story house located in Burrillville, Rhode Island, and is often referred to as the Old Arnold Estate. The home’s owner since 1987 was Norma Sutcliffe, but when ‘The Conjuring’ was released in 2013, she was reportedly inundated with fans — so much so that she and co-owner Gerald R. Helrich continued in 2015claiming that the film had caused “extreme physical, mental and emotional harm and significant damage to their proprietary interests”.
It was purchased in June 2019 for $431,000 by the Heinzen family, who investigate the paranormal and apparently have taken a very different attitude towards horror fans looking to make a pilgrimage. Their daughter was known to do scary videos from tiktok in the house, and they opened it for overnight stays and private events. Nevertheless, the house was listed for sale again in September 2021 for $1.2 million.
It is not known whether the house has resold; Perron, for her part, said in an interview that she would buy it if she could. “Honestly, if I had the money, I would buy it myself just to protect it,” Perron says WJAR. at the time. “It’s always been my dream to one day get the farm back, but not to live on the farm, I don’t want to live there.”
The “fake” house you see in the movie (located on the right) is located in North Carolina, not Rhode Island. After reading Andrea Perron’s books, James Wan didn’t want to film in home state. the Keith Housejust a half-hour drive from Wilmington, was used instead for exterior stages.