The Amityville horror house is arguably the most famous haunted home in the United States. The Ocean Avenue site has inspired countless books and a dozen films, with the latest, Amityville: The Awakening, slated to hit theaters early next year. However, are the stories about the house true or nothing more than an elaborate hoax turned legend?
The Conjuring opened this summer to rave reviews and was so popular among viewers that New Line Cinema immediately made plans for a sequel. Starring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ron Livingston, and Lili Taylor, The Conjuring is based on one family’s real experience with a terrifying presence in their Rhode Island farmhouse and the paranormal investigators who try to help. In July, I wrote about paranormal activity surrounding The Conjuring. Here’s the story behind the people and house depicted onscreen.