Diatribe: Don’t Burn Your House Down To Get Demons Out Of Your Closet.
I enjoy “scary” movies … not the gory special effects laden spectacles, but the creepy movies that involve suspense, tension, release and surprise. The sort of movie that makes you think, when there’s more dialogue than there is screaming and the soundtrack plays a character all its own. Until last weekend, my all-time favorite horror movie was The Legend of Hell House.
Last weekend I went to see The Conjuring.
My new favorite is based on the true story of Carolyn and Roger Parren who moved their family into an enormously fabulous yet run-down home in Rhode Island where terrifying and unexplainable things begin to happen. Desperate, Carolyn reaches out to noted paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren who examine the house and discover that the whole area is saturated with a demonic haunting that has attached itself to the family. It is quickly determined that they can’t run away so the family, with the help of the Warrens’ expertise, has to defeat the unholy terror before it destroys them all. Holy water, clairvoyance and exorcism intervenes.
Yes … based on a true story. The addition of “based on a true story” to the opening credits of any movie lends the story credibility. In the case of The Conjuring, it added an extraordinary emotional element. Truth, as they say, really is stranger than fiction.
Perhaps Adam Glenn Hamilton was on a similar mission when he used paint thinner to set his bedroom closet on fire. The 30-year-old Arizona man is accused of wandering around near his Avondale home on July 20, reciting Bible verses before setting fire to his closet without warning his roommates who were home at the time.
Apparently, Hamilton explained to police that he meant to tell the others in the house about the pending blaze but it slipped his mind. He ran away barefoot and was eventually found, with burned feet and a lighter, and taken to a hospital where he was arrested on arson and other charges.
Had Hamilton seen The Conjuring, he surely would have approached his problem from a different direction. His “true story” is far less frightening than the story of the Parren Family’s adventure with the Warrens and it ended much worse.
What’s your favorite horror movie?
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