The Lalaurie Mansion: the next horror film from the director of Saw and the writers of Conjuring

The Lalaurie Mansion: the next horror film from the director of Saw and the writers of Conjuring

Laëtitia Forhan

Laëtitia Forhan

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From classics of the 70s to recent It Follows, Grave or Get Out, passing by the slashers of the 90s and the Conjuring saga. Laëtitia likes to be afraid in the cinema (only).

Saw director Darren Lynn Bousman will direct a horror film about the infamous Lalaurie Mansion, based on a script by the Conjuring crew.


Already at the center of the third season of American Horror Story: Coven, the Lalaurie House, reputed to be the most haunted house in the United States, will be the subject of a feature film.

In writing for a year by the writers of the first two opus of the Conjuring saga, Chad and Carey W. Hayes, the horror film will be directed by Darren Lynn Bousman to whom we owe episodes 2, 3, 4 and the Spirale spin-off from the Saw saga.

The site Deadline tells us that the castings have just started and that the project is already arousing great interest from the studios and broadcasters. As a reminder, it is Kathy Bates who played the bloodthirsty Delphine Lalaurie in Ryan Murphy’s series.

In a press release, Darren Lynn Bousman says: “Joining this project is a dream come true for me. As far back as I can remember, I have always been obsessed with the paranormal. Anyone who studies the supernatural knows the legends and traditions of LaLaurie Manor.

It is the holy grail of this type of environment. Recently, I was allowed access to the house, and I was able to stay there with the Hayes brothers. There is no way to express the 72 hours I have spent within these walls.

The house devours you. His story paralyzes you. The Hayes Brothers have created such a moving, suspenseful and scary story that I can’t wait to bring this amazing place to the world.. “

The LaLaurie Mansion could be developed as a horror franchise like Conjuring and cover the history of the house from its construction and its evil former owners to more recent events.

The history of Manoir Lalaurie

After her marriage to her third husband, Doctor Louis Nicolas Léonard Lalaurie, Delphine Lalaurie, née Marie Delphine de Macarthy, acquired in 1831 a house in the French quarter of Vieux Carré, on rue Royale in New Orleans: the Manoir Lalaurie .

Delphine Lalaurie leads a sumptuous lifestyle and regularly organizes large receptions. It is served by many slaves. But the latter is, in private, of great cruelty to its staff.

In 1833, she was seen by one of her neighbors chasing one of her young slaves with a whip. Distraught, the girl throws herself from the roof of the house. From then on, the neighborhood began to avoid the wealthy landowner.

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Screenshot from American Horror Story: Coven

In April 1834, a fire broke out in the house, help arrived and discovered on the second floor, slaves chained to mutilated bodies. Delphine Lalaurie is accused of the murder of a hundred slaves.

After these events she fled New Orleans for Paris where she died on December 7, 1949. Her body was repatriated to the United States and she was buried in Saint-Louis cemetery in New Orleans.

The house was rebuilt in 1838. For nearly 200 years, there have been reports of paranormal activity there, notably from the second floor where the victims of Madame Lalaurie were locked up.

Over the years, the mansion has been the scene of murders, assaults and ghost appearances. Today it is considered one of the most haunted houses in the United States.

In 2007, American actor Nicolas Cage bought Maison Lalaurie for $ 3.45 million. He only organizes receptions and dinners there and has her evacuated after dark. The house was bought in 2009 by the Regions Financial Corporation group.

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