Most people have a hard time staying in a haunted house for an hour. Some of us even have trouble with haunted houses in theme parks (I like, barely cried). But one film crew recently stayed in the house that inspired James Wan's The Conjuring for two weeks to make the documentary The Sleepless Unrest. That kinda thing can take a toll on a person. Let the record show that it most definitely did.
The crew of The Sleepless Unrest has done a lot of shoots in the past, but this one was different, with the impacts long-lasting. I had a chance to speak with directors Kendall Whelpton and Vera Whelpton about their experience at the film's recent premiere and their stories were enough to shake even the most hardcore ghost hunter or Horror fan.
That sounds unsettling as hell. I thought being locked inside my own apartment alone for most of 2020 took a toll on my mental health, but after hearing how their extended stay with roommates who are beyond the veil impacted them even weeks after filming wrapped, I think I'd prefer quarantine with my cat. This news was especially startling when I learned that the directors are not just your average thrill seekers or filmmakers- they actually met on the set of A&E’s Ghost Hunters and jumped at the chance to document their stay at the location that spawned a Horror franchise that just keeps growing.
Luckily for both paranormal fans and skeptics alike, you can see some of that creepiness for yourself. No doubt this documentary will play well with the morbid curious like me, but it'll also play well for fans of The Conjuring universe, too. Here's what the director told me about why The Conjuring fans should see it.
The Sleepless Unrest opens in select theaters and is available on digital and cable VOD July 16th. You can also pre-order the film on iTunes (opens in new tab), if you're brave enough.
Morbidly curious pizza enthusiast with a heart of gold. Has no time to hear why you think The Office is overrated and is pretty sure the meaning of the Universe can be found in the movie Cats. Co-host of American Hauntings Podcast. Inaugural class of Enstitute, an entrepreneurial alternative education program written about by Forbes, The New York Times, and PBS.
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