Written by David Strege
Before I begin on the film in question…
Let me talk about the history behind The Real Crooked Man and the real Enfield haunting…
There was a crooked man, and he walked a crooked mile.He found a crooked sixpense upon a crooked stile.He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse,
And they all lived together in a little crooked house.
There are two theories of the origins of the crooked man stanza… in the 1840’s is when the nursery rhyme first originated written by James Orchard Wallihall. One theory is that it was based on the way the village of Lavenham as the buildings and roads are so slanted they would depict the description of the stanza.
The other theory is of a General by the name of Sir Alexander Leslie under, King Charles I of England, a Sottish soldier in the Swedish and Scottish army. Born illegitimate and raised as a foster child, he subsequently advanced to the rank of a Swedish Field Marshall, and in Scotland became Lord General in command of the Army of the Covenanters, privy coucillor, captain of Edinburgh Castle, Lord Balgonie and Earl of Levon. In England he commanded the Army of the Solemn League and Covenent and was senior commander of the Army of Both kingdoms whom is known for drawing up a covenant a form of agreement between the Scott’s and the English about the border between as mentioned in the line… he found a crooked sixpence, upon a crooked stile.
As to the Enfield Haunting: In August 1977, at a council house in Brimsdown, Enfield, England single parent Peggy Hodgson called police to her rented home in Enfield after two of her four children claimed that furniture was moving and knocking sounds were heard on walls. The children included Margaret, age 13, Janet, age 11, Johnny, age 10 and Billy, age 7. A police constable saw a chair slide on the floor but couldn’t determine if it moved by itself or was pushed by someone. Later claims included allegedly demonic voices, loud noises, thrown rocks and toys, overturned chairs and levetation of children. Reports of further incidents in the house attracted considerable press attention and the story was covered in British newspapers such as the Daily Mail and Daily Mirror, until reports came to an end in 1979. On Halloween 2011, BBC NEWS featured comments from a radio interview with photographer Graham Morris, who claimed that many of the events were genuine.
Some members of the Society for Psychical Research such as inventor Maurice Grosse and writer Guy Lyon Playfair believed the haunting to be genuine, while others such as professors of psychology Anita Gregory and John Beloff were “unconvinced” and found evidence the girls had faked incidents for the benefit of reporters. Members of the Comitee for Skeptical Inquiry including stage magicians such as Milbourn Christopher, Joe Nickell, and Bob Couttie investigated the incidents and criticised paranormal investigators for being overly credulous, identifying various features of the case as being part of a hoax.
The film follows the Warrens as they at first investigate the Amityville haunting and as the film portrays Lorraine played by Bates Motels Vera Farmiga, whom experiences something so propheticaly scary to her she makes Ed played by Patrick Wilson, her paranormal sidekick/ business partner and husband swear they won’t take on another case. I say sidekick as they have always had controversy surrounding them as hoaxters….
Little do they know the connection and the hold the vision has over their lives… as they learn of a little girl and her siblings are haunted by claims of poltergeist activity, knocking and furniture being moved.
The children are haunted by this antique lamp that carries the story of the crooked man… soon the warrens realize the youngest girl is possessed by an older man that is only haunting the family as its being controlled by the darkly vision of an evil nunlooking spirit that had prophecies the death of one most dear to Lorraine.
For the most part the film follows the original haunting of Enfield to a T. The biggest difference it wasn’t the Warrens who’d investigated at all. I think the girl who played the youngest and the most possessed played her part a very emotional scene between Lorraine and the child.
Also we can see the depiction of love Ed has for Lorraine all through out especially when he sang a familiar song to bring music back into the children’s lives…
I won’t say much of what happens but to me it wasn’t as all up to the hype as they made it out to be. Albeit the crooked man peaked my interest and I’ll wonder in the future if they’ll touch basis on the tale as it appears just like when the little girl pranks the investigators, the crooked man is more of an illusionary.
Ultimately I enjoyed it but there’s one more descrepency… in the original story it was both girls who’d pranked the investigators not just the one.
I’ll let you decide… but Im still on the fence… I was looking for a jump I didn’t… I liked it but yeah…
Starring Patrick Wilson as Ed Warren, Vera Farmiga as Lorraine Warren, Madison Wolfe as Janet Hodgson, Frances O’Connor as Peggy Hodgson, Lauren Esposito as Margaret Hodgson, Benjamin Haigh as Billy Hodgson, Patrick McAuley as Johnny Hodgson, Simon McBurney as Maurice Grosse, Maria Doyle Kennedy as Peggy Nottingham, Simon Delaney as Vic Nottingham, Franka Potente as Anita Gregory, Bob Adrian as Bill Wilkins, Robin Atkin Downs as Demon Voice (voice), Bonnie Aarons as Demon Nun, Javier Botet as Crooked Man, Steve Coulter as Father Gordon, Abhi Sinha as Harry Whitmark, Chris Royds as Graham Morris, Sterling Jerins as Judy Warren, Daniel Wolf as Kent Allen, Annie Young as Constable Heeps, Elliot Joseph as Constable Peterson, Debra Weston as Talk Show Host, Cory English as Skeptic Kaplan, Joseph Bishara as Demon, Emily Tasker as Camilla, Kate Cook as Mrs. More, Carol Been as Lollipop Woman, Shannon Kook as Drew, Holly Hayes as Audience Member, Jennifer Collins as Louise Defeo, Thomas Harrison as Peter, Claire Ashton as Theater Audience and Market Lady ( uncredited), Kishmore Bhatt as Pedestrian (uncredited), CarneyPat as Gentleman Smoker ( uncredited ), Sarah Cortez as Dawn (uncredited), Gioacchino Jim Cuffaro as Neighbor ( uncredited), Helen Dashwood as Theater Audience and Street Shopper (uncredited), Marco DeBartolo as Roland Sr. (Uncredited), Nancy DeMar as Woman Walking Dog ( uncredited ), Diego Gomez as John Mathew (uncredited), Joy Isa as Market Trader (uncredited), Danny Jackson as Aaron (uncredited), Charlotte Lorenz as Helen (uncredited), Teresa Mahoney as Carol Singer (uncredited), Isabelle Marlowe as Mom (uncredited), Glen Posey as Rocker-Musician (uncredited), Mike Sengelow as News Reporter (uncredited), Jamie Soricelli as Shadow Nun (uncredited), Gone Thursday as Michael (uncredited), John Trevillion as Schoolboy (uncredited).