The news that an Indian man died while watching The Conjuring 2 and then his body disappearing has been making the social media rounds for the past few days now, but it is not the only spooky story relating to the movie that has social media users buzzing about The Conjuring 2 being cursed.
For example, a video posted on Twitter last week by a user handled "Rivaldy SB" supposedly shows the girl being possessed by some demonic entity in a movie theater showing The Conjuring 2. In the low-quality video, the girl bellows ungodly screams from her theater seat that sound almost identical to those bellowed by the possessed mother in the first Conjuring film while concerned onlookers (it is impossible to tell if they are strangers or not) mill about, muttering words in what sounds like another language.Buddy Bits reports one of the commenters on the video claims to have been attending the same showing of The Conjuring 2 as the "possessed" girl and says that everyone in the room was terrified when she started bellowing. The theater actually had to stop the movie to let some people leave - hence the reason the lights are up in the video.
"I was watching the movie when all of a sudden somebody screamed after being possessed. It was so scary, the whole theater [of people] ended up not watching the movie and the one who was possessed was escorted out of the theater."The video has gone viral and has been viewed nearly 5 million times since being uploaded, according to The Telegraph.The allegedly demonic incidents brought on by The Conjuring 2 are not limited to the theater, either; Week In Weird recounts that many people who watch The Conjuring 2 in theaters have reportedly said that they encountered hauntings in their own houses once they returned home.
The most popular instance of this that has actually been "documented," did not actually occur in a house at all, but at a hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia. Damian Leong, an Indonesian man, claims in a Facebook post uploaded on the morning of June 11, that he and his wife had seen The Conjuring 2 together before returning to their hotel and immediately fallen asleep on the bed.
In the middle of the night, Damian's story goes, his wife awoke him and asked if he was playing a prank on her. When Damian asked her what she was talking about, she told him that she had awoken a few minutes earlier and gone into the bathroom to brush her teeth, only to find a cross (one of the symbols used by the demon in The Conjuring 2) drawn on the mirror. Damian went to check the cross himself and verified it was freshly drawn.
A bit freaked out, Damian and his wife asked the hotel staff if they could switch rooms, and the staff quickly obliged.
When the couple went back to the "haunted" room the next morning to retrieve their belongings, they found that the cross had been erased.
There are many other claims of post-Conjuring 2 viewing hauntings going around the internet, but these two, along with the story about the disappearing Indian corpse, have achieved the most popularity. And because of them, a sort of urban legend has begun to surface that The Conjuring 2 is a vessel for demonic energy.
Many sources discussing the buzz point out that the first Conjuring movie complained about just these kind of supernatural occurrences happening after they watched it, and Universal actually hired priests to bless viewers after screenings in order to deter the events.
Although a priest blessed The Conjuring 2's set before filming started, the same priests were not made available at the movie's screenings -- could that be to blame for all these extraordinary happenings?Or, as some more scientific-minded people have been theorizing, is this all just a hoax?
Coconuts Jakarta says some commenters have even been going so far as to say the strange incidents revolving around the movie are actually a guerilla marketing campaign organized by the producers of The Conjuring 2 to raise awareness for the film. If so, it has certainly been successful.
What do you think? Are The Conjuring 2's real-life hauntings bona fide or BS?
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