Owners of ‘The Conjuring’ house sue Warner Brothers

Signs have failed to keep visitors at bay. Photo shared on behalf of Norma Sutcliffe.
Signs have failed to keep visitors at bay. Photo shared on behalf of Norma Sutcliffe.

By Kim Kalunian, WPRO News 

The owners of the Harrisville farm house whose haunted history is depicted in the 2013 film “The Conjuring” are being plagued by unwanted visitors – and not the supernatural kind.

Norma Sutcliffe says she and her husband are kept awake at night by trespassers who peer into their windows and sneak onto their property, trying to get a glimpse inside their home. Now they’re suing Warner Brothers.

“The movie industry just didn’t care,” Sutcliffe told WPRO in an interview last week. She said no one from Warner Brothers approached her or her husband prior to making the so-called “true life” movie about their home. She said because the movie creators used the real names of the previous owners and the actual location of her home in the film, people were easily able to find where she lived.

Since then, the people haven’t stopped coming.

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“It really, really has taken away our entire sense of peace [and] privacy,” said Sutcliffe, who said some people have become confrontational with her when she asks them to leave her land. She has signs posted to try and keep people at bay, but even that doesn’t work.

“I live my life at the window, my entire time I’m in this house, I don’t even lay down anymore,” she said.

Now she wants Warner Brothers to help her and her husband regain their sense of security. She said she and her husband want to stay at their beloved home of 27 years and would like to get a full security system to try and protect it. She said she knows life won’t ever be the way it was before the movie, but she wants to see if they can restore their sense of peace.

Sutcliffe also has another gripe with Warner Brothers: she says the whole film is a fabrication and her home isn’t in the least bit haunted.

“We’ve been victimized by a huge industry that just doesn’t care,” she said. “That’s the problem – this stigma will be on this house forever.”

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