T+E’s new original two-part documentary special Bathsheba (2×60’) ventures back-in-time to recognize one of the most insidious demonic possessions as it shows audiences the chilling true story behind James Wan’s supernatural horror film and worldwide phenomenon, The Conjuring. The documentary special begins on the present-day Arnold Estate. As activity continues to be felt in the home today, paranormal investigator Erin Goodpipe, quelling her own fear, travels to the Rhode Island farmhouse to explore claims made in the Hollywood movie starring Vera Farmiga. Bathsheba sets the record straight on the Perron family’s true story versus the Hollywood happy ending and unearths archives of the world famous paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren, who attempted to help them. The entire Perron family were terrorized by an evil paranormal presence, a 19th-century ghost believed by many to be a witch named Bathsheba Sherman, who allegedly haunted generations of families that had taken residence within her remote grounds. Anchored by first-hand accounts from the living Perron family members, Bathsheba sets out to separate fact from fiction, discovering the truth that lies beneath the blockbuster film. The world broadcast premiere of Bathsheba airs Monday, October 11 at 9 p.m. ET/PT during T+E’s highly-anticipated annual Creep Week event, running from Saturday, October 9 to Sunday, October 17.
“Halloween is our favourite time of year on T+E, and the level of talent and exclusive chilling programming we have lined-up for Creep Week is truly incredible,” says Craig Junner, VP, Programming, Canadian Media, Blue Ant Media. “We’ve got the world broadcast premiere of the new T+E original special, Bathsheba, a true story that inspired the blockbuster horror movie The Conjuring. The two-part documentary includes interviews with the Perron family who lived in this haunted house. It doesn’t get scarier than that.”
“Bathsheba is the most accurate depiction of what really happened to my family. This is the most extensive interview our family has ever given about our paranormal experiences in that farmhouse growing up,” says Andrea Perron. “You will hear some stories for the very first time in this documentary, and they’re much scarier and far more intense than what the Hollywood film depicted.”
Bathsheba Sherman, born 1812, was on the surface, a normal farm wife, but rumours defined her. Myths claimed she was malicious, demonizing her. The townspeople hated her, believing she killed a baby with a sewing needle and sacrificed it to the devil in exchange for eternal youth and beauty. But, others speculate she was misrepresented. Whatever truth exists, Bathsheba’s spirit remains and is restless. Perhaps, because of false accusations beyond the grave or possibly, because she really is malevolent.
Bathsheba breathes new life into an old story. In addition to still-living witness accounts, viewers who tune-in to Bathsheba on Monday, October 11 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, can look forward to terrifying encounters and recreations, hearing from the farmhouse’s current owners Cory and Jennifer Heinzen, local historians and paranormal expert insights. Along with Bathsheba’s story, the special also examines a shockingly high number of tragedies connected to the farm.
- Part 1 – Is Bathsheba a witch?
While the Perron family separates their truth from Hollywood’s hype, paranormal investigator Erin Goodpipe heads to Harrisville, Rhode Island to get to the bottom of the rumours surrounding the witch, Bathsheba Sherman.
- Part 2 – Who is haunting the Old Arnold Estate?
Bathsheba is a Blue Ant Media original commission produced by Toronto-based Cream Productions for T+E. Sunny Grewal is the Series Producer and Director. Kate Harrison Karman serves as Executive Producer. Robin Bicknell is the Consulting Producer and Francine Dibacco is Co-Producer. Overseeing the series for T+E is Sam Linton, Head of Original Content for Blue Ant Media’s Canadian channels. Blue Ant International oversees international licensing for Bathsheba.
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