Owners of The Conjuring Home Sue for Real-Life Horror

RI couple files against Warner Bros. for depicting their farmhouse in 'The Conjuring'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 28, 2015 12:36 PM CDT
Owners of The Conjuring Home Sue for Real-Life Horror
In this publicity image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Lili Taylor portrays Carolyn Perron in a scene from "The Conjuring."   (AP Photo/New Line Cinema/Warner Bros. Pictures)

The owners of a Rhode Island farmhouse depicted in the 2013 horror film The Conjuring are suing Warner Bros., saying it's created a real-life nightmare for them. Norma Sutcliffe and her husband are suing the filmmaker and others—including people who've put up videos of her home on YouTube, WHDH reports—who they say have made a "mockery" of their Harrisville home since the movie hit the big screen. They claim they'll never see peace and privacy because of the film, which centers on paranormal investigators helping a family that moves into a secluded farmhouse. "Ever since the movie came out, we've been harassed, trespassed, stalked, and besieged," Sutcliffe tells the Boston Globe. "They come at all times of the day. Last Saturday, I called police at 3:30am because there was a whole group of them outside the house. It's horrendous."

Sutcliffe tells WPRO that, without ever talking to her or her husband about making the movie, the filmmakers used the real names of the previous owners, as well as the location of the home, in the film, making it easy for people to find. She says they've posted signs to keep trespassers at bay, but people keep coming onto the property (and they say they've got online videos showing just that). "I live my life at the window, my entire time I'm in this house," she says. "I don't even lay down anymore." A Warner Bros. rep said Monday that the company hadn't seen the lawsuit, in which the couple is seeking unspecified monetary damages and a security system, the Globe notes. "It won't end," Sutcliffe says. "It's like [the Amityville Horror home]. Can you imagine the horror of trying to sell this house?" (More lawsuit stories.)

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