When I was in college many, many years ago, I went to a program in the student center auditorium. I had no idea who the people were that were on the poster and back in those days, googling them wasn’t an option. I went to this free program because it was about ghosts. How else would a horror-obsessed college kid spend his Friday night?
The folks in the poster were Ed and Lorraine Warren, and to say they were out of place in an auditorium full of college kids, is an understatement. Lorraine dressed like a slightly more modest June Carter performing at the Grand Ole Opry, and Ed wore a gray suit that he may have purchased during the bicentennial twelve years earlier.
I almost stood up and walked out as soon as I saw them. They looked like unhip versions of my grandparents. I was sure there was no way these people were going to scare me. I went against my gut and decided to stay.
Lorraine spoke first. She gave an ominous warning. We were about to see photos and hear audio of actual demons. Anyone who didn’t feel safe was invited to leave. She would pray for us and protect us with some sort of white light thingy. I’m not sure what it was because I was rolling my eyes at this point.
She said her prayer and they immediately jumped into some bizarre photos and spooky audio recordings. The stories they told were terrifying. I quickly forgot how utterly uncool these people were and become enthralled by their presentation. It was strange being frightened so completely by such kind and sweet people.
I bring all this up because I just heard about an upcoming film featuring Ed and Lorraine. Apparently, it’s about a case they never spoke publicly about because it was so horrific. Trust me, I will see this movie and you can bet there’s no chance I’ll be leaving early.