Lorraine Warren, author, paranormal investigator, and inspiration for the Conjuring movies, has passed away at age 92. She and her husband, Ed, wrote many books based on their experiences and were featured in The Amityville Horror, a True Story. That book inspired several films, including The Amityville Horror which was released in 1979. However, most famously, the Warrens’ investigations were the basis for the Conjuring franchise, which includes The Conjuring 1 and 2, and the upcoming The Conjuring 3, which is due to be released in 2020.
Warren was born in 1927 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. She and her husband led several notable paranormal investigations, including ones involving witches, demons, dolls, and poltergeists. In the Amityville Horror case, they investigated the experiences of George and Kathleen Lutz, who claimed to have been haunted by various paranormal things. Along with their other work, Lorraine and Ed Warren founded the New England Society for Psychic Research in 1952, which is one of the oldest ghost hunting groups in the country.
Warren’s grandson, Chris McKinnell, broke the news of her death in a Facebook post on Friday, which was then shared by TMZ. He wrote, “Last night my grandmother, Lorraine Warren, quietly and peacefully left us to join her beloved Ed. She was happy and laughing until the very end. She was my angel and my hero, and she will be deeply missed.” He also shared some photos of his grandmother, including a few of her and Ed, who passed away in 2006. McKinnell went on to state “Please join us in celebrating her life and honoring her beautiful soul. Remember to treasure those you love while you can. Thank you and God bless you all.”
In the Conjuring franchise, Vera Farmiga plays Warren while Patrick Wilson plays Ed. The films, as well as Lorraine and Ed Warren’s work, have led to many prequels, sequels, and spin-offs. Annabelle and its prequel Annabelle: Creation, show what happened to the doll before meeting the Warrens in the first Conjuring film. Meanwhile, The Nun, which was released in 2018 and stars Vera Farmiga’s sister, Taissa, is a spin-off of The Conjuring 2. The franchise also includes The Curse of La Llorona, which was just released this weekend. That film depicts a mother, played by Linda Cardellini, protecting her children from a ghost also known as “The Weeping Woman.”
The Conjuring films are staples in the horror world, having grossed over 1.5 billion worldwide. There are six films in the Conjuring universe so far, with more to be released this year and next, including The Conjuring 3, Annabelle Comes Home, The Nun 2, and The Crooked Man. Though horror fans are no doubt sad to hear of Warren’s death, they can take comfort that her work will live on in films for many years to come.