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Spend a virtual night in the haunted house that inspired ‘The Conjuring’


Spend a virtual night in the haunted house that inspired ‘The Conjuring’

The internet is currently overflowing with live-streamed lockdown events, ranging from celebrity concerts to fan conventions, but we have to admit we didn’t see this one coming: A live haunted house experience.

Set in the real house from The Conjuring, it sounds like a kind of live reality TV show. A paranormal investigation group called the “Dark Zone” organized the week-long broadcast called the “House Live.” The broadcast stars a family of paranormal investigators who bought the house in 2019. There’s a preview on Friday, and the full live stream will begin at noon ET on Saturday.

The Harrisville farmhouse in Rhode Island first came to prominence in the 1970s, when paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren claimed to find evidence of a 19th-century witch haunting the property. They were invited to investigate after the residents reported spooky phenomena in the house. In turn, this eventually inspired the 2013 movie The Conjuring, a hugely successful haunted house movie in a similar vein to The Amityville Horror.

Featuring seances, guest investigators, and an interview with one of the surviving members of the original haunting, the “House Live” sounds like a fun (and hopefully scary) event for fans of ghost-hunting shows. You will, however, have to pay to watch it––either $4.99 per day or $19.99 for the full week––which probably makes it a less enticing prospect for casual viewers.

Will the ghost-hunting TV format work during a live stream, without the usual editing tricks for added spookiness? Maybe not. But the whole appeal here is immersing yourself in the slim possibility of experiencing a live haunting, so if you’re a true believer (or just want to watch some true believers freak out in a haunted house), it’s still an appealing idea.


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*First Published: May 1, 2020, 7:52 am

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested. Follow her on Twitter: @Hello_Tailor

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