The horror wasn’t just on the big screen for moviegoers in Thailand who went to see Annabelle Comes Home this week, as when the lights turned on, they found that someone had died in his seat while it was playing.
The 77-year-old British man named Bernard Channing had been visiting Thailand on vacation when he went to see the film loosely based on a possessed doll that belonged to real-life demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren. It is the second time that someone has died while watching a film from The Conjuring Universe.
A woman who was sitting next to Channing during the screening did not notice that he had passed away, or that anything unusual was happening, until the movie had ended, according to a report from the India Times.
“There were some people at the entrance talking with staff,” Monthira Phengrat, who was at the theater when tragedy stuck, told reporters. “They were in the cinema where the man died, and they were very upset. They were shocked by what had happened. Some people had been sitting near the dead man. The cinema staff were very concerned, and they tried to prevent anybody from seeing what was happening. We were prohibited from taking pictures.”
The cause of death has not yet been determined, but police do not suspect any foul play.
“Police were notified of the death at 8 p.m. inside the cinema in a shopping mall,” Lieutenant Colonel Polpattham Thamachat said in a statement. “From the preliminary investigation it was not known how the foreign man had died but doctors will conduct an autopsy to establish the true cause of death. We are not looking for anybody else connected to the death. We do not believe there was suspicious foul play.”
In 2016, a 65-year-old man in India had a heart attack and a massive stroke during a screening of The Conjuring 2. He was also pronounced dead in the theater.
Annabelle Comes Home has brought in $40.407 million with box office sales worldwide.
The Conjuring 3 is set to be released on September 11, 2020.