A couple bought the house that inspired 'The Conjuring' — and surprise, it's haunted

Courtesy of Cory HeinzenCory and Jennifer Heinzen outside their home.
  • A couple recently bought the house that inspired the horror movie “The Conjuring.”
  • And surprise, they say it is indeed haunted – or at least that something out of the ordinary is going on.
  • Cory Heinzen told INSIDER that he and his wife, Jennifer, knew the house’s history when they purchased it in June.
  • He said he has been interested in the paranormal his whole life.
  • The house is on a farm, and they said they hope to open it up for tours.
  • Visit INSIDER’s homepage for more.

When Cory and Jennifer Heinzen signed the papers for their new home in Harrisville, Rhode Island, they knew exactly what they were getting themselves into. This was the house “The Conjuring” was based on. And for them, that was almost an incentive.

“I feel I’ve always had a fascination with the paranormal,” Cory said. “Whether it was ghosts, UFOs, lake monsters, or Bigfoot, I’ve always loved that side of the unexplained.”

Before moving in on June 21, the couple were aware that the house was the basis for the horror movie and that it was connected to the real-life Perron family, Cory told INSIDER.

For those who would rather read a plot summary than sit through 90 minutes of a scary movie: The film, based on the experiences of Carolyn and Roger Perron, who lived in the house with their five daughters from 1971 to 1980, recounts the family’s dealings with the supernatural. When Carolyn became possessed by a spirit, the family enlisted the help of Ed and Lorraine Warren, well-known paranormal investigators. And though in the movie the Warrens rid the house of evil, they were not able to do so in real life.

But that was in the 1970s, and the Perrons moved out in the 1980s. Now, nearly 40 years later, something’s afoot, Cory told INSIDER.

Conjurijng house 2Courtesy of Cory HeinzenThe house where it all goes down.

“We’ve had a few moments in here that have made us jump a bit,” he said. “We’ve had doors open on their own, footsteps, disembodied voices, electronic voice phenomena, and some awesome spirit-box sessions.”

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Though he’s seriously interested in the paranormal and aware of the house’s significance, Cory said that life in the “Conjuring” house is pretty much comparable to life in any other house – most of the time, that is.

“A day in the life of the house usually consists of daily upkeep like vacuuming and sweeping, making sure the outside is looking good, and then working on small household projects that might need to be fixed,” he said. “Once the sun starts to set, we like to sit out on the back porch and listen to the wildlife around the yard. But once it’s dark outside, we start investigating.”

Cory told INSIDER that their main objective was “collecting evidence every chance we have,” as well as to “support the story behind the farm.”

He also said they hope to open the farm grounds for tours come this fall.


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