-- A Rhode Island couple has filed a lawsuit claiming that their rural farmhouse is haunted -- not by poltergeists but by horror fans and curiosity seekers who know the house from the big-screen thriller “The Conjuring.”
Homeowners Norma Sutcliffe and Gerald Helfrich claim in a lawsuit filed against Warner Bros., the studio behind "The Conjuring," that since the movie’s 2013 release, their property has been in a state of "siege" by fans of the horror flick.
"The Conjuring" follows a pair of real-life ghost hunters, Ed and Lorraine Warren, who investigate evil spirits tormenting the Perron family. Sutcliffe and Helfrich now live in the secluded farmhouse in Harrisville, R.I., where the Perrons lived.
The film, supposedly based on true events, used the Perrons’ real name and the real name of the town, but shot the film at a different house.
Sutcliffe and Helfrich's lawsuit states, in part, that, “While the makers of ‘The Conjuring’ have profited enormously from the film, [Sutcliffe and Helfrich] received nothing but a ‘Conjuring’-instigated siege of their property.”
"The Conjuring-instigated siege suffered by Sutcliffe and Helfrich is heightened by Internet users who, following the movie release, have posted private information about Sutcliffe and Helfrich and the Property, and videos showing trespass. Others have posted comments about breaking into the house, and even offered that the house ought to be destroyed," the lawsuit, filed in Rhode Island Superior Court, also reads.
In some cases, the suit alleges, the trespassers brought tools in an effort to force entry into the house.
They couple bought the property in 1987, renovated it extensively, and say they lived there without incident until shortly after the movie came out.
Sutcliffe told “Inside Edition” last week that her goal with the lawsuit is to “take the stigma” off her home.
“If it needs this publicity, if it needs a lawsuit to get this out, that is really my main goal, is to get it out that this stuff is made up and take the stigma all off this house,” she said.
Warner Bros. told ABC News the studio has not seen the lawsuit.
The couple is seeking unspecified monetary damages.