If there’s anyone who knows Annabelle isn’t as innocent as she looks, it’s Lorraine Warren. A self-described “trance medium,” Warren first encountered the doll immortalized in The Conjuring and its new follow-up, Annabelle, in the 1970s. That’s when Warren — whose paranormal-related casework with her late husband, Ed, inspired the horror franchise — met a pair of nursing students and their friend, who claimed they’d been terrorized by the child’s toy. The trio said the doll moved around their apartment (think: an evil Elf on the Shelf), leaving behind cryptic notes — and occasionally scratch marks.
As depicted in the opening scene of The Conjuring, the young people told the Warrens a psychic had warned that their doll was possessed by the spirit of a deceased 7-year-old girl named Annabelle Higgins. The Warrens concluded something different: Namely, that the doll was possessed by a demonic spirit.
On the occasion of the release of Annabelle, which spins off the tale in a new direction, we contacted Warren, now 87, via her occult museum in Monroe, Connecticut.We asked about the doll’s big-screen close-up, whether any childish plaything is above suspicion, and why she and Annabelle are still together, albeit separated by glass.
In the movies, Annabelle is a menacing-looking porcelain figure. But in real life, Annabelle, which is housed to this day at your museum, is a simple Raggedy Ann rag doll. What was your initial reaction to seeing Hollywood’s version?
I thought the doll was absolutely creepy and frightening. [The Conjuring director]James Wan explained to me that he felt there might be push back from the company that holds the trademark for the original Raggedy Ann. Then he went on to explain that he just has an affinity to frightening-looking dolls, so he came up with what now is [the movie version of] Annabelle.
I think it was a good choice to use the scary doll, as a Raggedy Ann doll is much too innocent-looking. Plus, young children would then be afraid to play with their Raggedy Anns!
At the museum, Annabelle is stored in a glass case bearing a sign that reads, “Warning, Positively Do Not Open.” If the doll’s a potential danger, why keep her with you at all?
It would be quite careless on my part to get rid of it. As explained in The Conjuring, getting rid of the doll would only get rid of the vessel, not the evil that resides within the doll.
At least as it sits, we know where it resides. It isn’t out into the world causing harm to others. We have a Catholic priest who performs a binding prayer around the doll which acts as a blockade. The evil can’t penetrate the holy prayers that bind it. Think of it as similar to an electric-dog fence — keeping the dog within set boundaries.
Just between you, me, and the entire world, didn’t any of the actors or crew from either The Conjuring or Annabelle crack open the case for a first-hand peek?
Heavens, no! We allow no one to touch or handle the doll. Because by touching it, a person’s aura may mingle with the aura of that evil force within the doll, and cause great harm to the person.
Patrick Wilson [who played Ed Warren in The Conjuring] came to the museum, and was shown around by my son-in-law, Tony Spera. He said that Patrick seemed to believe the danger associated with Annabelle.
Vera Farmiga [who played Lorraine Warren in The Conjuring] opted to stay in the house, in the living room with me. She stated to me that she wanted to focus on me, so as to be able to give a true representation of me to the role she was playing.
Has your experience with Annabelle made you wary of all dolls, or only the creepy ones?
No, not at all. But remember that I am psychic. I can discern if an object or toy has any negative vibrations or evil associated with it. But, no, I am not suspicious of toys in general.
Movie trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paFgQNPGlsg
Thanks for 400 followers everyone! in celebration, i made a list of all of my favorite blogs about cryptids, the paranormal, mythology and folklore, aliens, and more !
There are a bunch of creepy short films/art/games/lists floating around my blog and people have often messaged me asking for where they are. So here is a post organizing those types of content on my blog.
Every time I make another post about a short film, horror art, game or list it will be updated here. This post can be found on the masterpost tag on my blog.
CREEPY & COOL SHORT FILMS
- Play With Me
- Mother Died
- The Laundromat
- The Mockingbird
- Mysterious Strangers
- The Little Mermaid
- Mind Control Made Easy
- Metalosis Maligna
- Blood Mary Short Film
- The Boy & His Atom
- Under the Bed
- The Easter Bunny Is Eating My Candy
- White With Red
- Something Under the Bed
- The Smiling Man
- The Maker
- Blackwater Gospel
- Doll Face
CREEPY ONLINE GAMES
- The Deepest Sleep
- Milk for the Ugly
- Everyday the Same Dream
- Escape from the Haunted Room
- Alter Ego
- The Burning Room
- 99 Rooms
- The Company of Myself
- Take This Lollipop
- Annie96 is Typing
- Dreams of Your Life
- Ellie Help Me Out Please
TOP 10’S & COMPILATIONS & LISTS
- Creepy Contacts
- Top 10 Sixpenceee Stories
- Top 10 Reddit Lets Not Meet Stories
- Top 10 Creepy Short Films
- Compilation of Iconic Images
- Compilation of Short Creepy Stories
- Top 10 Morbid Scientific Phenomena
- 3D Audio Compilation
- World’s Oldest Things
- Top 10 Essential Documentaries
- Unsettling Things on the Internet
- Top 10 Terrifying YouTube Videos
- Top 5 Sad Audio Recordings
- Top 10 Creepy Audio Recordings
- Creepy Dares List
- Creepy Facts Compilation
- Top 5 Disturbing Topics
- Top 5 Fake Documentaries
- 6 Terrifying Comics
- Top 10 Disturbing Documentaries
- Common Nightmares & Their Meanings
- Creepy Japanese Urban Legends
- Creepy Lost Episodes Compilation
- Compilation of Horror Pranks
- Top 10 Interesting Documentaries
- Top 5 Mass Extinctions
- Glitch in the Matrix
CREEPY & COOL ART
- Marc Quinn, Frozen Blood
- Cardboard Creations
- Post It Monsters
- Fantasy Mermaid Sculptures
- Urban Decay Photographs
- Duane Michel
- Choi Xoo Ang
- The Grotesque Work of Lee Dong Wook
- Melted Casette Tape Skeletons
- Cabinet of Monstrosities
- Creepy Sculpture Park
- Bodies of Wisdom
- The Ride
- Feather Child
- Gem Stone Skulls
- Plastic Utensil Sculpture
- Ceramic Lady Gore
- Realistic Action Figures
Even if you don’t live in or near a haunted house, these webcams provide your chance to see a ghost — or some other paranormal apparition — with your own eyes!
The Nightcrawler, also called the Fresno Alien, is a mysterious new cryptid that has so far made two appearances, both in Fresno, California. On both sightings, it was only seen in video footage. It appears to be a relatively short creature (approx. 4 feet in height). It is an extremely thin, white humanoid with no discernable arms. It also appears to be wearing a white gown or cloak of some sort. The Nightcrawler is most known for being one of the two featured video cases on the second episode of Syfy’s Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files. X
They look like Hattifatteners.
AnnabelIe, the haunted doll. In 1970 a mother purchased an antique Raggedy Ann Doll from a hobby store. The doll was a present for her daughter Donna on her birthday. Soon they discovered the doll would move on its own and it could write too. It is now in the Warren Occult Museum. After being relocated to the museum, it even caused the death of a young man who taunted the doll. Annabelle is locked in a glass box, but it’s said that it still moves and growls at visitors.
Ed and Lorraine Warrens Occult Museum
Houses over 50 years of haunted objects. The most famous of which is, Annabelle the Raggedy Ann Doll.
I thought that something like this was needed on tumblr. Here you go, movies from around the world. Many of them contain english subtitles or an english voiceover.
I’ve always heard that foreign movies are 10 times scarier than American ones. You be the judge of that.
Feel free to add on to this list :)