Halloween might be over for this year, but there is still plenty of time to enjoy awesome and terrifying series and movies before we start getting into the holiday spirit for Christmas. That being said, an extraordinary true story was recently released on AppleTV+, and it has a perfect rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so let’s take a look at The Enfield Poltergeist.
The Enfield Poltergeist is a brand new 4-episode mini-series on AppleTV+ that came out on the 27th of October, 2023 and has taken the world by storm in the few days it has been available. Directed by Jerry Rothwell, The Enfield Poltergeist tells the story of one of the world’s most famous poltergeist cases in the UK. The most terrifying part about this series is that it uses original audio recordings that took place in the house at the time of the original haunting in 1977, allowing viewers to follow the story as the events unfolded while also incorporating reenactments.
The series tells the story of the Hodgson family, comprised of Peggy, a single mother, and her four children. One night in 1977, Peggy was awoken when she heard loud noises from her daughter’s room. To which Peggy went to go and tell her daughters to go back to sleep, thinking that they were having some kind of argument.
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To her surprise, when Peggy got to the room, she saw both girls huddled in a corner in fear, to which the girls reported to their mother that the chest of drawers had moved on its own, something that Peggy didn’t believe until she saw it for herself. The following events terrified the Hodgson family and left them struggling with the phenomenon alone for the next 18 months. Peggy even got the police involved, but they soon left, knowing that whatever was happening in that house wasn’t anything they could prevent, with one officer claiming to have seen a chair move on its own in the house.
The events were reported in the media, there were audio recordings of the events, there were unexplainable photographs, and the docu-series even has first-hand accounts detailed by Janet Hodgson herself, the young woman who claims to have been possessed by the Enfield Poltergeist.
The show stars actors like Charlotte Miller as Margret Hodgson, Christopher Ettridge as Maurice Grosse, Christos Lawton as Guy Lyon Playfair, Daniel Lee as Billy Hodgson, Eugenia Caruso as Hazel Short, Grace Evans as Susan Blackmore, Nikki Leigh Scott as Lorraine Warren, Olivia Booth-Ford as Janet Hodgson, and Paula Benson as Peggy Hodgson.
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You might think that the name of this series and the plot seem familiar, and you wouldn’t be wrong. Not only is the mini-series inspired by the true story of a poltergeist infestation that haunted a family in Enfield, London, between 1977 and 1979. If you are a ghost story fan, you have probably heard of this one and heard it compared to the Amityville haunting in America.
Additionally, you might recognise the story because it is actually the tale that inspired The Conjuring 2 movie when Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, respectively) travel to England to help the Hodgson family with their infestation. Lorraine Warren appears in the AppleTV+ series, and both she and Ed Warren appear in the movie. The two are indeed mentioned in the original story, as this tale is one of the many that the two consulted on to help people in need.
Shockingly, the terrifying, accurate tale has a perfect 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with critics like John Anderson from The Wall Street Journal calling the docu-series novel. In contrast, Daniel Keane from the London Evening Standard called the series a “compelling examination of a series of events that captivated the nation.”
The Enfield Poltergeist is a terrifying true story and a new docu-series on AppleTV+ that arrived on the 27th of October, 2023.
The docu-series is based on a true story that took place in 1977.
The story is so well-known that it inspired the well-known film The Conjuring 2.
The Enfield Poltergeist currently has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Will you be allowing yourself to be terrified by this true story on AppleTV+ this year, The Enfield Poltergeist?