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Hollywood Screenwriters Reveal Most Terrifying 'Real-Life' Moments From the Demonic Case That Inspired 'The Conjuring 2

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"[They would] pour water in her mouth and marbles and then taped her mouth closed."

Screenwriters Chad and Carey Hayes — the twin brothers who penned the script for the soon-to-release supernatural horror flick "The Conjuring 2" — have revealed the details that most terrified them about the "real-life" demonic infestation case that inspired the film.

The sequel to 2013 "The Conjuring," much like the first movie, focuses on a paranormal case involving demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren, who traveled to Enfield, England, in the late 1970s to investigate a situation that terrified both authorities and supernatural experts, alike.

The official website for "The Conjuring 2" describes the case as "one of [the Warren's] most terrifying paranormal investigations" as they worked to "help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits."

The Hayes recently told The Church Boys podcast about their process of integrating the creepy, real-life case files into the script, detailing the key elements that have truly stuck with them since diving into the supernatural subject matter. One of those elements centered on Janet Hodgson, one of the kids living in the home at the time of the purported infestation.

"Janet, the daughter that we really focus on, had this voice that would come out of her," the Hayes said. "Literally, [they would] pour water in her mouth and marbles and then taped her mouth closed — and the voice would still speak."

Listen to the Hayes brothers describe the supposedly real-life details behind "The Conjuring 2" below at the 23:00-mark:

The brothers said that the voice coming out of Janet still haunts them, as they heard actual recordings that were captured at the time. They were so creeped out, in fact, that they said they had chills even speaking about it during their interview with TheBlaze.

The Hayes also discussed the fact that police officers who were called to the home in the late 1970s to deal with purported disturbances were so freaked out that they ended up fleeing the scene — a detail that further compelled the screenwriters.

"The Conjuring 2" is based on the so-called "Enfield Poltergeist" case, an incident in England that occurred in 1977 involving the Hodgson family, comprised of a single mother and her four children. After strange occurrences began unfolding inside the family home, Peggy, the mother, contacted authorities and a local newspaper; that's when the case started making headlines.

The family's claims? That furniture was moving around on its own, Lego pieces were ricocheting across rooms, and strange knocking noises were unfolding. And it didn't end there. Claims of demonic voices and levitation, among other bizarre happenings, raged for a period of 10 months. Janet, who was the victim of much of the purported activity, was just 11 years old at the time.

The Warrens were among the investigators who visited the home, with Ed Warren apparently taking the position that the purportedly supernatural activity unfolding there was legitimate. In the book "The Demonologist," he is quoted as specifically addressing the Enfield incident:

"Those who deal with the supernatural day in and day out know the phenomena are there—there’s no doubt about it. Therefore, when people tell me they don’t believe in ghosts and spirit forces, what they’re really saying to me is they’re not familiar with the data on the subject. Yet the data is there—should one care to look. In fact, much of it has been collected under such rigid conditions as to make a lot of other scientific research pale in comparison. For example, take a case Lorraine and I began investigating this past summer [1978] in Enfield, England, where inhuman spirit phenomena were in progress. Now, you couldn’t record the dangerous, threatening atmosphere inside that little house. But you could film the levitations, teleportations, and dematerializations of people and objects that were happening there—not to mention he many hundreds of hours of tape recordings made of these spirit voices speaking out loud in the rooms."

Of course, many have come to conclude over the years that the claims surrounding Enfield were part of an elaborate hoax. Debate on that front continues, as some critics claim that there are perfectly rational explanations for what unfolded inside the home.

Watch the trailer for "The Conjuring 2" below:

As for the Hayes brothers, they are Christians who are known for digging deep into spiritual story lines, leaving audiences with messages that focus on good triumphing over evil. This was a theme that emerged in the script for the first "Conjuring" film back in 2013, and it's one that they once again integrated into "The Conjuring 2."

Following the monumental success of "The Conjuring," the Hayes brothers said that they found themselves pouring over the Warrens' case files to find the next storyline that would be the best fit for the sequel. That's when they landed on the Enfield Poltergeist case.

The screenwriters said that the Enfield case unfolded after the Warrens were involved in the high-profile Amityville horror case, among other investigations — a pivotal time in their career investigating paranormal phenomena.

"They were up against people who were non-believers. ... it was a tough time for them but they stayed steadfast in their faith," the Hayes explained. "It was really compelling because this was a huge case in England when the family was also accused of making everything up."

The Hayes said that they are hoping that Christians support the film, as the brothers believe that the themes of good and evil perfectly comport with biblical truth. Find out more about "The Conjuring 2" here.

As TheBlaze previously reported, 2013's "The Conjuring" focused on a real-life family in Rhode Island that reportedly had a similar experience.

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