Written by John Squires
Currently in production, James Wan’s sequel The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist again draws inspiration from a real-life haunting, and it’s set for release in the summer of 2016. But the true story comes to life on the small screen nearly a year prior, courtesy of A&E.
As announced this week by Entertainment Weekly, the three-part miniseries The Enfield Haunting will premiere on October 9th, based on the ripped-from-the-headlines story and adapted from Guy Lyon Playfair’s book The House is Haunted: The True Story of the Enfield Poltergeist.
The King’s Speech’s Timothy Spall, Emma’s Juliet Stevenson, and Frost/Nixon’s Matthew Macfadyen star in the series, which follows a family terrorized by a poltergeist circa 1977 London.
The story begins in Enfield, England in August of 1977, when single mother Penny Hodgson phoned the police and claimed that knocking sounds were heard on the walls of her rented home and furniture seemed to move around on its own. It wasn’t long, she claims, before her young children started to levitate off the floor, and demonic voices were heard throughout the home.
Like the case that inspired The Conjuring, demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren were brought in to investigate the claims, and Ed firmly believed that Penny’s two daughters were demonically possessed. He claimed that he saw them levitate in their beds, and even reported that one of them dematerialized in front of his eyes, only to reappear 20-minutes later – her body stuffed into a fuse box and contorted in an unnatural way.
Lorraine Warren has gone on record as saying that the ‘Enfield Poltergeist’ case is one of most terrifying experiences of her career.
Check out the trailer for The Enfield Haunting below, and look for it at 10pm EST on October 9th.