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The Conjuring

“The Conjuring” by Terrie M. Scott, July 3, 2013

Terrie ScottThe Conjuring” is a new paranormal movie that opens on July 19th. It's about paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren working to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives. Based on a true story.

I'm interested to see it. I'm sure I will amend this blog with my own thoughts and impressions once I see the film.

Since this crazy stuff started with the Rectory, several of my closest friends suggested I write a book about it. I've written horror books, thrillers, sci fi books but I'm not sure I'm ready to expose everything needed to write a compelling book about the Sedamsville Rectory. To write well you have to climb inside your head and not hold anything back or else all you get is a somewhat mediocre story. 

That's asking A LOT. I've told so much already, bits by bit. Some things should remain hidden. Gosh, I sound like Gandalf now.

Perhaps, one day, when I am tucked safely away in some Scottish castle, far far away from anything to do with the Sedamsville Rectory's dark entities, haunts or creepy crawlies of any kind – maybe then I'll bare my soul and write a Rectory “tell all.”

Disclaimer: Scottish castle? To get away from haunted places. An oxymoron, right? Well, if I'm going to be haunted, I'd rather it be by some dashing medieval knight, not some creepy priest who did anything but “serve and protect” the Lord's children. Or anything but the spirits of abused animals from some monstrous form of entertainment from the lowest common denominator of society.

I digress... to expose everything about the Rectory? All the things that Tim and I still can't talk about because quite frankly? Who would believe them but us? Things so bizarre and unimaginable that even we often question our own sanity in what we witnessed and experienced. Denial can be your best friend sometime.

Some things so horrifying that both of us regress into some Gollum like persona, grabbing our ears and covering our eyes saying, “Not listening, not listening.”

I often joke to Tim that we've become like the Forest Gump of the paranormal world – attempting to be a naïve and slow-witted. Some things are just so damn terrifying that we can't talk about it, to anyone. There have been things that have happened that are just so beyond our comprehension.

How could I even write about it? Things we've seen in the Rectory that have been so frightening that we just chose to ignore them because to admit it actually happened? Well, I'd be hiding under my bed till the day I died.

Why would I even do that? Write about EVERYTHING, especially when Tim is still hanging on to that God forsaken place. And, I do mean GOD FORSAKEN place.

We've also had several approach us about filming documentaries there - a Blair Witch Project crossed with Amityville Horror type film. No, seriously. I understand why these people with true hauntings wait decades before being able to tell their stories. It's almost a form of healing, I imagine. Because dealing with this stuff rocks you to the core of your foundation.

We've had a few independent film makers approach us also. They probably think I'm terribly rude. I tend not to reply back. I don't mean to be rude. But, I just can't deal with a film about the Rectory at this time. I don't even do radio interviews anymore. Neither does Tim.

It's like my daughter's film? Through a Child's Eyes - her thesis film for the New York Film Academy. It's about trying to survive abuse at home. My girls and I – our story, basically. I had Ashlee and her NY film crew filming this story here in Ohio while I was literally just escaping my own abusive situation. I mean within days. Art imitating life. I'd see the actress, depicting me, playing out a scene I myself had just gone through weeks before. It was surreal. A little too close to home.

So, why would I want to do the same thing with the Rectory? Yes, last week something that was deformed appeared in the shadows, so much so that I am still having night terrors, but let's roll cameras! Action!

It's like, you know what? Let me catch my breath. Let me regain my sanity and my composure. Let me get as far away from the Rectory as possible before you start picking my brain and asking for a tell all. From the safety of my underground bunker... with special walls that are impenetrable by anything nasty.

Although, many have asked to come film at the Rectory to tell our story... None have been allowed to do so yet. You just don't want to jump into that pool while you're still dealing with it. I think a lot has to do with the fact that it's also an ongoing story.

And, to be honest. I've asked Tim to walk away from it. Just board the place up and be rid of it. The place is bad. No one can ever live there. Not unless their “master” has pointy ears (and I don't mean Spock).

I don't want it to fall into the wrong hands either. Can you imagine? Between the bad priest and dogs being hurt? It's a magnet for bad. Sometimes I think we're there to make sure nothing bad ever happens there again.

Board it up, close it down. Let it sit there and rot.

Good riddance.

I'm working on it. Before long, I don't see the doors being open for any reason. Just a piece of nothing, taking up space. Open to no one. No more investigations, nothing.

I don't think tearing it down would help. Not if it's associated with the land itself, which is why I'm in favor of just letting it sit there.

Hoping for prey. Not getting what it wants. Eventually disappearing into the dark corners of the attic or basement with no one to play with... No one to mess with. No one to destroy. Take away the pawns.

Yes, I get it. Spirit seekers, truth seekers, paranormal investigators. We all want answers. I totally understand that. I respect all of you that have the guts to reach beyond what's right in front of you and look for answers to unexplained things.

Ed Shanahan - host of Paranormal Nights and voted Chicago's #1 psychic – recently released his list of “most haunted” locations. The Sedamsville Rectory was #1 on his list, even surpassing Villisca Axe Murder House. Hmm. Interesting.

Unless you expect things to literally jump out at you – wait that happened to Jim L. Sorry, dude. Or grab you? Yeah, that happens a lot. Or scratch you? Ditto. Or shove you? Hold on to your butts. Even those quiet nights, when you think all is well? Well? Think again. LISTEN to those recorders. Yikes. Did Mary's voice just drop two octaves or is someone else in the room with you? And since when did you learn how to speak Latin? And, why are children crying? I could go on and on.

If you seek answers or want to capture some really creepy EVP's, often threatening to kill you or us? Well, it's the place for you. If you want to see some THING glide across the hallway and you're the only one in the building, as has happened with Bryon? More power to you.

Why do people investigate? You know the answer to that or you wouldn't be reading this blog. Our curiosity gets the best of us..... said the spider to the fly.

So, in conclusion – minus a tangent or two – you won't be seeing a film about the Sedamsville Rectory anytime soon, if I have anything to say about it.

Wait... Unless the Rock will be playing Tim... ? Then, I would have to insist on playing myself and being rescued over and over again. Sigh. Sorry, day dreaming for a minute.

I can hear the Rock now, “Why does that crazy woman keep running back inside screaming, 'Save me, save me!' And, why is there a kissing scene?” Har har har

I might also be willing to consider this proposal if Norman Reedus “Daryl” from the WALKING DEAD were cast. Hmm. I'd like to see Daryl swatting his hands in front of his face at things he can't see. Those arrows won't work very well at the Rectory, but it would be fun to watch. Just saying.

Go write your own story. This is mine.

Till next time.

Be safe and happy hunting.

The Conjuring Movie