According to the creators, the summoning script was based on a true story, but how true is this claim? Were the Warrens angels in the body of paranormal detectives who went to save haunted houses and families, or con artists who profited from the fear and desperation of others? Are we to believe that the Peron family was being tortured by a witch named Bethsheba Sherman? Or were the liars just vindictive? We will tell you in this video.
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The Conjuring is a 2013 film by James Wan, a well-known director of the horror genre. This film, which is also known as Akhtar in Farsi, was the beginning of one of the most famous and successful Hollywood horror franchises – both at the box office and in the eyes of the public and critics. James Wan, who started his career to great acclaim with his feature film debut, Saw, this time turned to American pop culture phenomenon, the Warrens, for inspiration.
He has previously proven his skill in producing otherworldly horror franchises with the “Conspiracy” and “Saw” series. And this time too, after observing the warm reception of the audience for the movie Summons, he continued the production of parts two and three with the same formula as before – that is, adaptation of the paranormal cases of the Warrens.
The story of the film will be revealed later.
The story of Perons
The first part of this series is based on the case of the Perron family, one of the clients of Ed and Lorraine Warren (Ed and Lorraine Warren), who we met in the film, and the strange events of their farmhouse in the small town of Harrisville in Rhode Island. has been
The eldest daughter of this family, Andrea Perron, published a three-volume book in 2011 called “House of Darkness, House of Light”. In this book, he writes about the events that seven members of this family experienced while living in that house. Although the publication date of this book is before the release of the film, this book was not the source of the film adaptation. But it is a first-hand source that was narrated by a family member without Hollywood filters, and that’s why we went to him to get reliable information.
The story begins where Roger and Carolyn Perron bought their new house in the winter of 1970 and moved there a year later. This sprawling 80-acre property was the perfect fit for this large family, as it provided plenty of space for the family’s five children, Andrea, Nancy, Christian, Cynthia and April, to play and explore.
But their enthusiasm to start living in their new home was practically nipped in the bud. It didn’t take long that the strange events that happened at home turned their excitement into anxiety and confusion. These were minor and negligible at first, so that they could justify it by relating it to distraction. Most of them happened when Caroline was alone in the kitchen. He heard sounds like nails scraping on a kettle. After sweeping the kitchen floor, he would put the hand broom in its special place, but every time the broom would disappear and he would get a headache from a strange place. Then on the kitchen floor, which he had cleaned moments ago, he would find piles of dust!
From the very first days of carrying furniture, Caroline’s leg suffered from pain of unknown origin. Her efforts to treat her leg pain were unsuccessful, and as the pain became more chronic, Caroline collapsed. It got to the point where he could hardly get out of bed.
Another example of these suspicious events was a conversation that took place between Caroline and one of Peron’s neighbors during the days of moving furniture. He advised Caroline to keep the house lights on from dark at night until morning. Because for years, none of the previous residents of this house ever turned off their lights.
All this, in addition to other murmuring events such as the smell of rotten meat that reached the girls in the house or the cold that spread in some parts of the house, made Caroline think. He decided to look into the records of the residents and owners of the property in search of an explanation for his experiencesN, study. His research had disturbing results. According to Andrea Perron, before the Perrons moved in, eight generations of the same family lived and died in this house, but it’s as if they never left their house after death. Since its construction in 1693, this property has seen two cases of suicide by hanging, one suicide by poison, the rape and murder of an eleven-year-old girl, two drownings, four deaths due to freezing and many other tragedies. Another result was the name of one of Melek’s neighbors in the 19th century, BathSheba Sherman. A name that, as it will soon become clear, overshadowed the life of the Perons.
It was at the same time as the dark past of the house was revealed that the signs of the presence of an otherworldly being, which started from the sound and smell and the feeling of cold, reached an undeniable stage. The girls saw a female spirit around the house several times. He used to visit the girls’ rooms at night, put blankets over them and even kiss their foreheads. But the main turning point of Peron’s experiences had not yet occurred. So far in Andrea’s narrative, this spirit or spirits that roamed the house had a neutral and even kind presence.
Until one day, an invisible creature in the stable attacks the girls. That evening, the girls hear people chattering as if they were talking inside the wall. During this time period, a male ghost “severely harasses” Andrea and the other girls. Andrea has refused to provide further details about the incident, and this reluctance is not limited to her alone. His sisters also refuse to talk about this incident. This attack or harassment or whatever it was, was obviously a traumatic and extremely painful event for the Peron sisters. In this way, within a few days, angry spirits take the place of kind spirits and turn Peron’s life upside down. Despite all this, the Perrons not only escape from their haunted house, but decide to fight them with the help of the Warrens.
The story of the Warrens
Ed Warren was a self-taught demonologist, speaker, and author who, along with his wife, Lorraine Moran, who was also a self-professed “clairvoyant” and “spirit medium,” were paranormal detectives and had thousands of famous cases.
Ed was originally a painting student at the Yale School of Art. He and his wife used to travel to conquered places in New England. These spots were the source of inspiration for Ed’s paintings – he depicted the landscape of haunted houses. It was in this way that the idea of their future job came to their mind and the Warrens became the founders of the oldest supernatural research center in America.
There are many narrations about how the Warrens got in the way of the Perons. But as Andrea said, one of the Perons’ family friends attends the Warrens’ conference in Connecticut, and after the conference ends, he asks the two of them to help the Perons. The Warrens reached out to the Perons when Caroline was “possessed by a spirit.” According to Lorraine, the moment she entered the house, she felt a “dark presence” and immediately realized that the house was possessed by an evil spirit. As shown in the film, it was Lorraine Warren who first suggested the name of Bethsheba Sherman. After examining the similarities between the Perron family’s experiences and the story of Bethsheba’s life, he identified the house’s evil spirit as Bethsheba Sherman. The real Perons, like their cinematic version, knew nothing of Bethsheba but a name. In addition, many of the traditions related to Bethsheba are not historical and remain mostly legends and stories.
This idea came to Lorraine’s mind from her first conversation with Caroline. Caroline had told him about the time when she was lying on the sofa and suddenly felt a sharp pain and burning in the back of her leg and the muscle in the back of her leg had started to spasm for no reason. After examining his leg, he noticed a small pool of blood flowing from his wound, but he could not find a cause for this wound. Andrea describes the scar on her mother’s leg as “a perfect little round circle” that “looked like a knitting needle instead of an indentation.”
But to understand the connection between Caroline Perron’s leg wound and Bethsheba Sherman, we must first get to know Bethsheba.
Who is Beth Sheba Sherman?
In the film, Bathsheba is the spirit of a witch who curses all the future owners of her house and then kills herself in 1863.
According to historical data, Bathsheba Sherman was born to BathSheba Thayer in 1812 in Rhode Island. In 1844, she married Judson Sherman and then moved to a house next door to the Perons’ future estate. In that house, Judson farmed and Bethsheba also owned a house. Together they had a son named Herbert Sherman. Apparently, this couple gave birth to three more children, none of whom survived to the age of seven, but there are no census statistics to confirm this.
Beth Sheba died of natural causes in the spring of 1885. Bethsheba’s grave remains in the historic Harrisville Cemetery to this day. However, it has been attacked and destroyed many times. Various sources claim that the 1885 photo below, taken on the Perrons’ current property, shows Bethsheba Sherman. But there is no evidence to prove this claim, because Bathsheba may not have been alive when this photo was taken.
Many baseless claims and rumors surround the identity of Bethsheba. But in reality, there is no evidence of Bethsheba Sherman being a witch; Only legend and folklore. So what are the roots of these legends? In the 19th century, an infant in Bathsheba’s care—probably one of her unrecorded children—died. His death was caused by a knitting needle sinking into the skull. At that time, local people created a legend that Bathsheba sacrificed her baby to the devil; But in the relevant court, Bethsheba was considered innocent. Lorraine Warren placed the knitting needle embedded in Bethsheba’s baby’s skull next to Carolyn Perron’s wound, which resembled a knitting needle rather than a needle insertion; And he concluded that the harassment that Perons are experiencing is the work of Bethsheba. This knitting story was the only reason Lorraine had for this conclusion; But in the absence of other proofs, he resorted to this partial resemblance and from then on it was determined that Bethsheba Sherman was the evil spirit of the house of Perons.
In the first act, the Warrens “cleanse” the house and then hold a summoning/exorcism session for Caroline in the basement. Unfortunately, this meeting did not go well and made the situation much worse. As Roger had to kick the Warrens out of the house. During the next ten years, the Warrens visited the Perons regularly, but they did not get help.
It was between the 1980s and 1990s that Ed Warren approached producer Tony DeRosa-Grande and played him a tape of an interview with the Perons. Then he proposed to make a film based on this case and Drosa-Grand agreed to the proposal. This script was exchanged between studios for years until it was finally made in 2013 directed by James Wan. Lorraine Warren was personally one of the consultants for the production of this film, so it is not surprising that in the movie version, the Warrens did not admit their defeat in the case of the Perons. Unlike the happy ending of the movie where Caroline is saved from being possessed by Bathsheba; In reality, the only achievement of the Warrens’ subpoena was to make Caroline Perron worse.
Another major difference between the movie version and reality was the character of Bethsheba Sherman. Andrea mentions many spirits in her book, some were motherly and kind presences, some were neutral (they only lifted beds or moved things), and some, like Bathsheba in the movie, were malevolent spirits with a male gender. Although in the film, Bethsheba was the only otherworldly presence in the Peron household, it seems that in reality, most of the Peron experiences had absolutely nothing to do with Bethsheba Sherman.
And finally, the strangest difference between the movie and reality: the real Perons still remember that house fondly after all these gruesome and gruesome events. In her book, Andrea Perron talks about that house in a romantic tone. He even believes that living in that house is considered a turning point for him and that he has left bitter and sweet memories from there.
In the end, the only evidence we have to believe the Perons and the Warrens is their own words. Whatever the case may be, there’s no doubt that the Summons series brought them great fame and fortune, and created a wildly entertaining world for fans of the horror genre. But it seems that the case of the Perons’ mysterious house will remain unsolved forever.