Before Amityville, there was Harrisville
There's a movie coming out this week based on the true story of the Perron family. They say they were terrorized by spirits in their Harrisville, R.I., home in the 1970s.
You might recognize the story. NBC 10 first reported on the events on a "Freaky Friday" segment last year with Andrea Perron, who was a volunteer consultant on the film. Within days of the Perron family moving into that house in Harrisville, strange occurrences began.
Some liberties were taken with the film "The Conjuring," but Andrea Perron, who has written two volumes of her book "House of Darkness, House of Light," says it's true to form.
Some filmgoers who saw a preview and had to leave the theatre told Warner Bros that "they become emotionally involved with our family, and so they're so afraid that something horrible is going to happen to us. But it's a remarkable, remarkable film that has every element of our haunting," Perron said.
The Perrons don't live in the house anymore, and the current owners are getting overrun by the curious.
That's why NBC 10 talked with Perron in the nearby Riverside Cemetery, where some of the others who used to live in that house over the centuries are hopefully now at rest. Bathsheba Sherman, who had lived and died there in the 1800s along with her daughters, was probably haunted by Mrs. Arnold, according to Perron. And after she passed, then she became one of the haunters as well.
"The Conjuring" has a special sneak peek at CinemaWorld in Lincoln Thursday night and a national rollout Friday, where Perron will make appearances. The movie is R-rated.
"I think that people are going to be shocked and surprised by this film. And they are going to leave stunned, and possibly disturbed, but educated as well," Perron said.
Perron said she hopes to buy back the house when the current owners are ready, turning it in to a supernatural research center.
"The house is a portal cleverly disguised as a farm house. It's an entrance to the past and the future," said Perron.
Critics said it's a perfect movie to cool off on a hot summer night -- if you can stand the tension.