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Enfield Haunting Comes to A&E this October

Enfield Haunting Comes to A&E this October



A few years ago James Wan’s The Conjuring introduced the world to the husband and wife paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. That film was such a hit they are moving forward with a sequel. This time the Warren’s are investigating the strange occurrences in a little house in England.

Known as the Enfield Poltergeist, in 1977 it terrorized a single mom and her family with demonic voices, furniture being upended, levitating children, and more. Neighbors, paranormal investigators, and even local police are all said to have witnessed unexplained events in the home. In total over 30 people witnessed strange occurances, and many were even caught on film or audio tape like the picture above where one of the children was supposedly thrown by unseen forces. Some, like academic Anita Gregory, said it was all a hoax but others believe it to be quite real and to this day the events are still mostly unexplained.

While we wait for that film, now we can get a taste of what may come from the sequel to the Conjuring when A&E debuts this new mini series about the events from the 70’s.

One of the believers of this story is the author of the book about the subject, Guy Lyon Playfair. His book is titled This House is Haunted, is now the basis of the mini series that makes it’s way to us just in time for the spooky season. When it first aired on Sky TV it broke records for ratings there. The film stars Timothy Spall as a rookie paranormal researcher who comes to investigate the goings on inside the house and with the family. There is a whole page of information devoted to the movie on Sky.com. Here is a first look at the series with the new trailer below.

The Enfield Haunting mini series airs in October on A&E

You can read more about the real life Enfield Poltergeist event at these links below:

The real story of the Enfield Poltergeist – Telegraph

Enfield Poltergeist – Daily Mail’s take on the events

And here is the info from Amazon’s book description:

This is the Amazing Story of the Enfield Poltergeist On August 31st 1977, normal life ended for Mrs Harper and her four children in their modest council house in a hitherto quiet corner of the north London suburb of Enfield. Compared to what was to come, the initial phenomena were relatively minor – knockings on the walls, and pieces of furniture moving in ways that did not seem normal. The neighbours came in and searched the house, finding all in order, though they too heard the knocking. The police were called, and were able to witness a chair sliding along the floor. The disturbances went on, getting more intense and more frightening. They were eventually witnessed by at least thirty people. They included examples of everything a poltergeist can do – overturning chairs and tables, flinging things about, whipping off bedclothes, levitating one of the girls in full view of passers-by, making her speak with the voice of an old man and defying the laws of physics by passing matter through solid matter. Much of this bewildering and often terrifying activity was captured on tape and film by Maurice Grosse of the Society for Psychical Research and his colleague Guy Lyon Playfair, who were on the case within days of its outbreak stayed on it until it finally came to an end, with a twist as unexpected and surprising as in any detective story. No other case of its kind has been so well witnessed from start to finish or so thoroughly documented. Incidents are described as they happened, without embellishment, from some six hundred pages of transcripts of live tape recordings. The story of the Enfield poltergeist is already regarded as a classic in the annals of psychical research. It has been the subject of worldwide press coverage and several radio and television documentaries


Doug L. Doug is a lifelong film enthusiast and like a lot of others from that generation can trace it back to when he saw Star Wars as a kid in 1977 for the first time. He spent a good part of his formative years working in video stores jockeying VHS tapes across the counter. Doug genuinely enjoy movies in an irony-free way and love all kinds of films from the Arthouse to the Grindhouse. If anyone is going to take movies too seriously around here, it's gonna be him.