Ain’t it Cool
Well now. This is kind of unexpected. With The Conjuring becoming a runaway box office hit (and deservedly so), a sequel is pretty much inevitable. Many believed that the next flick in “The Warren Files” series would be Amityville-themed, but there may be something else going bump in the night.
Ain’t it Cool has apparently gotten word that at a recent and intimate gathering at Lorraine Warren’s home, Warren let it slip that the next film in the franchise may well focus on one of the UK’s most terrifyingly famous hauntings… The Enfield Poltergeist.
For those of you too lazy to click the link, The Enfield Poltergeist was a period of apparent poltergeist activity which occurred in the village of Brimsdown, in the borough of Enfield, England. The activity began when single parent Peggy Hodgson moved into the small townhouse with her four children in August 1977 and continued until September 1978, with an added outburst in August 1980. The incidents were duly investigated by Maurice Grosse and Guy Lyon Playfair, both members of the SPR (Society for Psychical Research), who were convinced by the evidence which they encountered during their thirteen-month investigation. Playfair documented the investigation in his book This House Is Haunted.
The family in the Enfield case consisted of a mother, two daughters, and two sons: Margaret aged 12, a younger sister Janet aged 11, Johnny aged 10, and Billy aged 7. Billy had a speech impediment. Johnny featured only marginally in the inexplicable events, at least 26 of which the investigators considered could not be accounted for by fraud. These included moving furniture, flying marbles, interference with bedclothes, cold breezes, pools of water on the floor, apparitions, physical assaults, graffiti, equipment malfunction and failure, disappearance and reappearance of objects, apparent levitations, and fires which spontaneously ignited and extinguished themselves.
Among other alleged phenomena they witnessed was Janet speaking using her false vocal folds for hours on end while she was apparently possessed by another entity. When speaking with the false cords, Janet said she was “Bill” who had died in the house of a brain haemorrhage. The “Bill” persona habitually made jokes and exhibited a very nasty temper, swearing at Maurice, once calling him a “fucking old sod.” Grosse was contacted by a man who claimed to be Bill’s son. Recordings were made of these occurrences. After the BBC went to the house, the recording crew found the metal inside of the recording machines bent and recordings erased.
Further investigations by Anita Gregory and John Beloff, also from the SPR, were less positive. They spent a few days with the family and, after they found them bending spoons themselves, concluded that the children had faked the poltergeist activity. Janet admitted to Gregory that they had fabricated some of the occurrences. This admission was repeated on an ITN news programme on 12th June 1980 when she stated: “Oh yeah, once or twice [we faked phenomena], just to see if Mr Grosse and Mr Playfair would catch us. And they always did.”
At the Warren gathering Lorraine said she personally saw [the children] levitate and even saw one of the sisters dematerialize in front of her, only to be found 20 minutes later stuffed into an over-sized fuse box, contorted in such an unnatural way that they couldn’t have replicated it if they tried. She also said that the demon spoke directly to her husband on many occasions. Warren cited this case as one of the most terrifying experiences of her career.
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