If you’ve never seen The Conjuring, it was based on the (alleged) real-life experiences of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. Whether or not the Warrens’ account of what went down after they bought the Harrisville Farmhouse in Rhode Island, the movie terrified millions. Recently, a filmmaker returned to the house to film a two-hour documentary and the experience left him “extremely ill.”
- Zak Bagans loves the paranormal. The Ghost Adventures host not only has a show on the topic but he also opened The Haunted Museum in Las Vegas to celebrate his love of all things freaky. However, it was while filming the two-hour Halloween special, Ghost Adventures: “Curse of the Harrisville Farmhouse,” that things started getting real.
- Bagans believed the Warrens. The Warrens received plenty of criticism throughout their lives on their claims of paranormal activity, but Bagans actually believes their stories about the Harrisville Farmhouse. However, in the spirit of true scientific (??) investigation, he decided to go check it out himself. “Ed and Lorraine Warren had received so much attention because of the movies and Hollywood that I really wanted to get in there and see the other details that weren’t really portrayed in the Hollywood films,” Bagans told the Las Vegas Review Journal. “I know there’s truth to it, but at the same time, I wanted to do my own investigation in such an iconic and well-known case.”
- The house has a pretty sordid history. The house dates back to the 1700s and was home to eight generations of the Arnold family, who experienced no shortage of tragedy while living there. “What we can’t argue is the fact that there was a huge curse put on the Arnold family,” Bagans said. “I mean, there was suicide. There was murder. There was just unusual deaths. Poisonings, throats being slit. Something was plaguing that family.”
- People started getting sick. According to Ghost Adventures crew member Aaron Goodwin, he experienced serious chest pains while in the house. “I had to sit down, dude. It was either run or sit, because I was going down, It was just weird energy. Not normal. Not like we’ve felt before,” he revealed. Bagans had it even worse, saying he got “extremely ill” being there.
- Bagans had it worst of anyone. “I was extremely ill, very sick, for about three weeks after that, I wasn’t myself, albeit I was on a long trip. There were things going on with me that just seemed out of the norm,” he told the publication. “It really, I believe, made me sick. I had anxiety and panic levels that were just so unusual. Just that feeling of sickness. I didn’t look like myself. I didn’t feel like myself. I didn’t wanna be around anybody.” Thankfully, Bagans doesn’t think he was possessed or anything, just extremely affected by the forces in the house.
The Ghost Adventures Halloween episode at the Harrisville Farmhouse airs on the Travel Channel on October 31 at 9 p.m.