By Tatiana Kaltsonoudi
The Conjuring movies (The Conjuring 1, The Conjuring 2, The Conjuring 3 The Devil Made Me Do It) focus on paranormal cases that the demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren investigated thoroughly.
At the age of 5 Ed Warren experienced a view in the world of supernatural. At the age of 12 Lorraine Moran discovered her abilities, claiming that she could see the future. They met in 1944, both being 16 years old, at the time. When 17 (1945), Ed was sent to the war, but soon returned home for a short period of time during which he got married to Lorraine and then returned to the war. A while later Lorraine gave birth to their daughter who they named Judy.
In 1952 they founded the New England Society For Psychic Research to document their cases. Moreover, they adjoined Ed’s office and turned the room into a place where they would keep the, previously, haunted objects, documents and files from every single case they ever investigated. In the movies we see the most famous haunted doll, also known as Anabell being there, in a glass ‘cage’. They, strictly, refused to allow their own daughter to enter that room, on the grounds that if she did, she may touch any of the object and cause irreversible problems.
One thing that can be noticed and probably needs more focus on is the fact that the couple not once in their career charged money for their investigations. Not knowing of all their cases, I will talk about the ones being described in the movies and I will highlight that they did not care about the equipment which must have been pretty expensive in those days, or the physical and mental exhaustion they people went through every time, because if they had, it would have been unaffordable. What is truly remarkable is that instead of being paid in money, their payment was to see families happy and safe back together.
The films were directed and Lorraine Warren herself was there paying attention so there were no signs of exaggeration or overdramatizing. Ed would be present as well, had he not died back in 2006. Lorraine lived until the April of 2019. She and the actors that played her and her husband (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) had grown close during their collaboration.
“My dear friend Lorraine Warren has passed,” “From my deep feeling of sorrow, a deep feeling of gratitude emerges. I was so blessed to have known her and am honored to portray her.”
Vera wrote in April 19th 2019 under an Instagram post of her smiling at the In a Dark Place coauthor.