Vera Farmiga says there were claw marks on her thigh & laptop while filming The Conjuring

I’ve seen most of the movies in the Conjuring universe. My favorite is the second Conjuring movie, which came out right before I got sober. I saw half of it in the theater by myself and got scared and left. I love horror movies but it’s legitimately scary! Then I watched the rest when I was away from home at a hotel right next to a theater. I was drunk at an Applebees when I realized I could walk over and watch the second half. I ate a bunch of popcorn and it wasn’t as bad when I was soused.

This summer I saw Annabelle Comes Home and I loved it! You know what you’re getting with those movies, they’re quite scary, but in a predictable way, and they have this great retro feel. They’re set in the 70s when the couple on which they’re based, Ed and Lorraine Warren, were working. Of course they’re supposed to be based on a true story, but I don’t put too much stock in ghosts and hauntings. Star Vera Farmiga does though. She said in an earlier interview (E! Is repeating it for their True Hollywood Story) that she had claw marks on her laptop while she was working on the first film. She found those same claw marks on her leg later. This gave me goosebumps.

According to horror journalist Steve Barton, “a lot of weird things happened on the set of that movie,” especially to Farmiga.

It’s said that the 46-year-old actress, who portrayed Lorraine Warren in the movie, saw claw marks appear on her laptop. These said markings allegedly appeared on her body shortly after wrapping the film.

“When I opened my computer…and there were these claw marks across,” the Bates Motel alum notes in one interview. “After we got back from North Carolina, where we filmed, the same claw marks appeared on my thigh.”

This wasn’t the only supernatural occurrence that plagued The Conjuring cast. Per Caswell, who played Andrea Perron in the film, the cast would wake up between 3 and 4 a.m. “every morning”—which was a supernatural warning that also occurred in the movie.

“Every time I woke up, I just felt like I was being watched,” Caswell adds to the THS camera. “It was creepy enough that Hayley McFarland, who played the part of Nancy Perron, and I ended up sleeping in the same room the last couple nights of filming ‘cause we couldn’t sleep.”

Apparently, the real-life Warrens “always talked about how waking up between 3 and 4 [a.m.] and causing a lack of sleep is the first step in possession.”

“So, I was thinking, ‘I’m for sure getting possessed,'” Caswell concludes.

For all of this and more, be sure to catch Sunday’s chilling episode of E! True Hollywood Story.

[From E!]

Ok that is really scary! Those marks must have been made by the werewolf in Annabelle Comes Home. (Spoiler.) I jest, but I am scared by unexplained phenomena like that. I like to think it’s a trick of the imagination or there’s a logical explanation. If you listened to our ghost story podcast (we’ll have Chandra’s ghost stories on the next one!) you know that I don’t rule them out though. Some weird stuff happened to me as a kid.


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  1. Purplehazeforever says:

    Same here…weird stuff happened as a kid & it’s a wonder I’m not hospitalized on heavy doses of medication.

  2. Alexandria says:

    I get claw or scratch marks on my body sometimes but I tell myself it could be I scratch myself in my sleep? I don’t have a personal ghost story and hope it stays that way.

    • Esmom says:

      I get them, too, always on my back. In a place that’s hard to reach.

    • jenner says:

      To own your space: say that you are sovereign in your body and space, and you do not allow any entities in your space. State that you are in alignment with God/Creator/Source. We often unconsciously let things in, but a basic law of the universe says that nothing can stay in our space without our permission. It is a simple but effective technique.

  3. Jenns says:

    So what she’s saying is that she has a cat that scratched her and apparently hates her laptop.

  4. Fluffy Donuts says:

    Holy crap!! I love scary movies but some of them really freak me out. I live in NE Ohio where the old Mansfield reformatory is located (it’s about 2 hours away) and they used to offer overnights for a fee and my husband wanted to do it. Many many people have said it’s haunted by the inmates that were abused there. I’m like, “fine go ahead..I’ll be at the Holiday Inn. Good luck”. Nopenopenope.

  5. Erinn says:

    There’s absolutely some stuff that is pretty hard to explain. I’m a mix of believer and skeptic haha. Like… I think there’s the possibility that we’re not able to explain things… yet. But I also think that a good portion of paranormal stories have pretty mundane explanations. There’s so many people who say they’ve been scratched on their back…. and the angles show the mark is clearly from them scratching themselves (probably unintentionally). Or the people who are convinced that they see a ghostly face in a photo – pareidolia is a real thing. Carbon monoxide can cause a lot of hallucinations and things like that. Dust or water spots on cameras can cause orbs. I’ve had auditory hallucinations before after being overtired and sitting in our living room and hearing the drone of the fishtank. But then there are some weird things that I just can’t easily disprove, and I kind of lean into the idea that maybe someday we’ll be able to pick up on some kind of measurement of energy or something that we just can’t pick up on yet. Who knows.

    • ChillyWilly says:

      Me too,
      Erinn. I am a person of science more than faith but I have had some strange things happen that may have been supernatural. I have also known perfectly sane people who claimed to see ghosts. These people aren’t known to lie and did not want to see these things. They didn’t even want to talk about them. Like I could tell they were legit freaked out and wanted it to stop. All I know is that none of us know for sure if these things are real. But one day we will…mwuahhaha! 👻

      • aang says:

        I don’t even think it is super natural. It is totally natural just not something our senses are normally tuned to perceive. I’ve never believed that my eyes and ears and brain are the final say in how the universe works. Our senses and intellect are so limited that I think there is all kinds of stuff we haven’t detected yet. And I’m humble enough to to not think that reality revolves around what humans perceive.
        Plus I love scary movies, especially the Conjuring universe movies.

    • Mixed Berries says:

      We humans only perceive a tiny fraction of visible light in our physical universe and beyond that there are other dimensions. I’m totally open to our sciences catching up to a wider perspective of reality.

      Also just wanted to note Vera and Patrick have great chemistry and give these somewhat B-grade films “a heart” or emotional core. The films aren’t great but I like watching both Vera and Patrick in them.

    • lucy2 says:

      Same – I’m a skeptical believer. I think a lot of “paranormal” stuff can be explained, but some that can’t.

  6. jbyrdku says:

    I love the movies (any horror films, actually), but I have a hard time with the lead characters (not the actors) now. Check out the biography of the real Warrens. Ed wasn’t exactly a stand-up fellow.

  7. ChillyWilly says:

    Ok, I have been waking up between 3 and 4am the last week. Am I being possessed by a demon? That would really suck.

    • Alexis says:

      No you’re not.

    • Malificent says:

      I regularly wake up between 3 and 4 AM, but the only demon in my life is menopause. Night sweats are hell.

      And actually there is science behind high stress levels and insomnia patterns that cause them to wake up in the middle of the night. I’m not a total skeptic — I’ve had some things happen to me and to people whose judgement I trust that I don’t think were entirely of this earth. But this is one situation where I think biology can explain the the old wives’ tales.

    • pottymouth pup says:

      If you have asthma (and aren’t a shift worker), it could be a sign that you’re headed for an exacerbation (pulmonary function is at its lowest between 3-4 am)

  8. square_bologna says:

    Yikes. I never watch creepy stuff about possession. That said, I’m curious and amused about wakefulness during the specific hour between 3 and 4 a.m. being an early sign of possession. I’ve had irregular sleep patterns for decades. For me, being awake between 3 and 4 is completely normal. #notpossessedyet

    • Alexis says:

      Oh goodness, no possession is going to take place. They just say that between 3-4 that is the “witching” hour, meaning when spirits are most active. It could also be the time when a loved one on the other side visits you, etc.

  9. Esmom says:

    I love Vera Farmiga. Her amazing performance in Bates Motel did not get enough attention.

    I also loved her tribute to Lorraine Warren, so lovely.

  10. Claire says:

    Ever since I moved into this house five years ago there has been knocking sounds on the walls. One time it came from outside the house right where my head was. About six months ago I decided to try to communicate. I would ask a question and get a knock lightly for yes and hard for no. It stopped scaring me. But then the knocking started happening in my daughters room. It scared her. So I told whatever it was it could stay as long as it didn’t scare my daughter. I haven’t heard a knock anywhere in the house since. It’s been two months. A part of me thinks this was all in my head, but my husband and daughter heard it too. The knocking especially got loud and frantic when my husband and me were fighting. He joked that the ghost was always on my side. I have no idea if it was a good or bad spirit, if it was one. That worries me.

    • NessaBee says:

      No expert here, but instinct tells me if it was a presence that meant harm to you or your family, that you would know. I think you did the right thing about your daughter’s room. Maybe your house has its own guardian angel who wants peace and respects boundaries? 🙂 dont worry xo

      • Claire says:

        Thank you! That makes me feel better. I have heard about “house spirits” that are a part of every home, which sounds like your guardian angel idea

    • Claire says:

      Also, it would make a bunch of knocking noises at night. One time I said “good night spirit” and it stopped. Every night there would be knocking up until we said good night. I guess it wanted acknowledgment

  11. Aims says:

    I’m a believer. Like others, Ive had too many things happen to me growing up. I had red scratch marks on my body and we didn’t have any animals. I had a touch sensor lamp and it would go bonkers at night, my room would have an overwhelming smell of roses. We lived right across from a cemetery. One time I was walking across the street and something pulled me back, a few seconds later a car was speeding and had I not been pulled back, I would have gotten hit. When I was newly married and our kids were tiny. We lived in this house, and at night we would always hear kids laughing. It was so loud that we would go check in and see if the kids were up. They were always sound asleep. That’s just a few of many examples that I have experienced. It would be ignorant of me to dismiss what I have gone through.

  12. fifee says:

    If you listen to enough paranormal radio / podcasts you learn that folk that deal in these subjects say the more you look into the paranormal, the more likely you are to let “things” in. Now, I have no idea if thats true, I do believe that there are things that cant be explained but whether they can attach to you I dont know and I dont really want to find out either!

    • jenner says:

      This is true ^^

    • olala says:

      I really scared myself last week! Was reading about haunted places in Ireland and it was really out there. Then came across Vallecas case in Spain (if you really want to get scared). Couldn’t not sleep without light gor a week:)
      My own family expirienced unexplainable stuff going on and had to turn to Catholic church for help. and my mam is academic /mathematician totally unreligious petson

    • olala says:

      yes that is true. I read an interview with people who are trying to”locate” haunted places. The group is actually very sceptic and very trained with super professional equipment etc they trying to find out hifgh vibrations/energy. So the main point of the piece was to warn people esp teenagers not to dab or “play” paranormal. As there is something out there that we just not able to understand/see and apparently it is not always good and can be extremely harmful

    • Turtledove says:

      ” say the more you look into the paranormal, the more likely you are to let “things” in.”

      I am a mixture of believer and skeptic and think of it more like “the more open you are to the possibility that these things are real, the more likely you are to see these things.” Often kids or animals experience these things more often than adults, and I think that is because adults are trained to ignore them/not believe. If that makes sense?

    • ChillyWilly says:

      This is why I don’t mess with Ouija Boards. I had a creepy experience with one in high school. Never again.

      • olala says:

        oh Chillywilly tell more! I would never touch one and will tell my daughter never ever under any circumctanses. Read about Vallecas case in Spain. It was so scary i couldn’t sleep. And it was totally true resulting in first ever police report citing paranormal.

    • A.Key says:

      Because the more you look into it the more information you store in your brain and convince yourself that some of it might be true. After that it’s not long before your brain easily manipulates how you perceive things.

  13. Lady2Lazy says:

    I am a firm believer in spirits, good or bad. I also believe that some are more receptive to spirits than others. There have been so many cases that have been brought forth to support this theory and the theory of reincarnation. There was researcher, I think he had a medical degree, in which he interviewed hundreds of children that supports this theory. I find it extremely fascinating the fact that these children can recount their previous lives and give such detail.

  14. Daisy says:

    Oh I have a story my mom told me it happened to me. When I was like 3 or 4, my mom was showing me pictures of my great grandparents, and I told her I knew the man because he visited me and stood close to my bed. And well, my great grandfather died 10 years before I was born. So not really a scary story but more like a cute one. And people say children are more sensitive, don’t they?

  15. Texas says:

    Photos or it didn’t happen!

  16. Nightsky says:

    True story. As an 18 year old I spent a couple nights at an arts camp that used to be a TB hospital. This facility is well documented for bizarre, terrifying paranormal activity. My BF worked as a counsellor at the arts camp every summer and had heard many stories over the years. The first night (I stayed in a spare room mostly just used for cot storage) I found myself trapped inside. I had woken up early to use the washroom down the hall but I couldn’t open my door. The knob would not turn. It was as though it had been locked from the outside. After struggling with it for a long while I crawled back in bed, feeling very scared. A few hours later my BF blew into my room wondering why I hadn’t come down for breakfast. He had zero trouble turning the knob and opening the door. The next morning I woke up to discover pieces of plaster from the ceiling, and only directly over my bed, had broken away and fallen on top of me. I was covered in chunks of plaster and dust. The sound alone should have woken me let alone the feeling of bigger chunks landing on me. That afternoon I was gladly packing up to leave when I discovered my keys (on a big round wrist ring) were missing. I had placed them on the dresser top the day I arrived. And I had not moved them as they were just my apartment keys. After a very thorough search of my room we had many people searching the building and grounds. No keys. I went back to my room in frustration….and there were my keys – on top of the dresser. I could not leave fast enough after that. Not long after I had a vivid dream where I burned the place down to the ground. I walked through the empty building and everywhere I looked flames appeared. The flames did not touch me and I felt I was doing it with my mind, torching the evil. It was a very empowering dream.

  17. ME says:

    I’ve worked in a few old buildings that were said to be haunted. One of them I had to do many night shifts where I had to go to the basement on occasion. I would be so scared. I would always hear the sound of children laughing and playing around 1 or 2am. I mentioned it to a co-worker. She said she also heard the sound of children playing during her night shifts. We found out the building used to be a place they would store dead bodies from the hospital down the street. Kind of creepy. Second place I worked at, I was the first one there every morning. I had to turn the alarm off and unlock the doors. I was usually there 30 mins before anyone else but would always hear someone walking up and down the hallway but never saw anyone. A worker who had been working there for years told me it was the ghost of a man who walked up and down the hallways protecting the building. I forget the whole story of who he was and why he was protecting the building but it scared me. She said she would hear him walking up and down the hallways too when she used to come in for work early. I HATE working in old buildings for this reason. I mean a lot of these stories could be made up but I know for sure I heard children playing and that man walking up and down the hallways. The fact co-workers also heard the same sounds is what gave me chills !!!

  18. Mixed Berries says:

    Love all the ghost-story comments these celeb-ghost-story posts on CB bring out. A+++