As an 11-year-old living in Enfield, England, Janet Hodgson was at the center of a real-life horror story. According to claims, she heard voices, witnessed furniture and objects move on their own, and was allegedly possessed by an entity. Now all grown up and going by the name Janet Winter, she looks back on the events in a featurette for James Wan‘s The Conjuring 2, which uses her story as inspiration.
“I think if I had to go through it again, it’d kill me,” Janet says after detailing how she “was used and abused” by the haunting. Her sister, Margaret, and the real Lorraine Warren (played in the film by Vera Farmiga) were also interviewed for the featurette, which includes video and audio recordings of the incidents.
“We got out into the neighborhood that there was something strange going on in our house,” Margaret says, “and it became known as ‘The Strange Happenings in Enfield.'”
The Conjuring 2 features Patrick Wilson and Farmiga as paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, who helped the family in their time of need. “With the Warrens, out of their repertoire of cases that they have investigated over their lifetime, the haunting of the Hodgson family is one of their most interesting ones,” Wan says.
Janet’s tale will be told in theaters beginning June 10.