The Warrens’ Werewolf
All the THE CONJURING movies have ostensibly been based on true stories, but some of them are a step removed. For example, the origin story for Annabelle the doll provided by the first two ANNABELLE films (The first one fell short, so why not retcon it with a sequel? And it worked.) was entirely fictitious. As was the plot of the newest installment of the franchise, ANNABELLE COMES HOME. (See our review here on this site.) That doesn’t mean that everything in the new movie is made up, though. I mean, it is made up, but some of the stuff they made up is based on something real. There’s Annabelle herself, based on a real supposed-to-be possessed/cursed doll (in reality it’s a Raggedy Ann doll). And there’s the werewolf.
Yes, that werewolf that Annabelle turns loose in the new movie is based on one of Ed and Lorraine Warrens’ actual cases. A man named Bill Ramsey sought out the Warrens in the late 1980s, suffering from periods of blackout and insensate rage in which he would snarl, run around on all fours, damage property, etc. The Warrens organized an exorcism. I remember seeing Ramsey on an episode of The Sally Jessy Raphael show in the early 90s. He seemed a sane, cogent, and credible man.
The werewolf spirit that once possessed Ramsey in real life has now, like Annabelle, spawned a fictitious counterpart. Said counterpart gets to do a little rampaging in ANNABELLE COMES HOME. I say, give it its own standalone movie!
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (www.evilcheezproductions.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/evilcheezproductions), specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/734763
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