If you keep up with "true haunting" news, you no doubt heard about the infamous house in Gary, Indiana that Zak Bagans purchased after news outlets began featuring stories of its inhabitants' demonic possession. Bringing a camera into the fold seems only natural when Zak is involved so you can pretty much think of Demon House as a long Ghost Adventures episode....sort of.
This documentary follows Zak, with the help of familiar faces of Jay Wasley and Billy Tolley (sorry...no Arron Goodwin this time), interviewing former residents of the home, local police - even social services, all whom claim to have had experiences inside. It's padded with their own recorded happenings over the course of several weeks and concludes with Zak insisting he spend a night alone inside, literally sealed in.
Without revealing specifics, the claims from interviews and experiences are what you'd expect - unexplained sounds, odd and violent behavior in those who lived there and of course the contrast, those that claimed they never experienced anything. There's also possible motives for fabricating the claims brought to light.
As the film progresses, the focus shifts from the recounts of the past and to what the crew themselves begin to experience. This is when I was engaged the most because I was finally watching what I read about occurring a few years back. I recall reading about crew members that refused to continue working in the house, for example. If what I watched in this film is real, I totally understand why; I'd be out of there in a flash.
The most disturbing aspect of Demon House is how this presence seems to maliciously affect many people that spend even a short amount of time in the home. While there are incidents recorded of Zak and others feeling unexplained ranges of emotions, there are far worse things that happen to many of them days after leaving. Many reported having strings of bad luck, serious injury (some requiring hospitalization) and worst off, more possessions.
Skeptics could certainly write this all off to sheer coincidence. As for me, I do believe in these things, however it's rare you hear about so much going so wrong to so many people involved. It all feels a little too convenient for a disturbing haunt documentary.
The events captured and stories told are compelling so Demon House should be frightfully enjoyable to both believers and the open-minded. If all of this is real, it's pretty terrifying. If not, it was entertaining at the very least.
Everything is on schedule for the review system to be online by the first week of September! You may see the haunts get listed prior to that, so if that happens but you see nowhere to leave a review, fear not. Here are a few sample images from testing to give you an idea how it will work. We're currently adding a few more fields for capturing demographic information and then it should be ready.
Todd and Teresa were recently part of a haunt reviewers round table with the Big Scary Show. Listen below to hear about how we, as well as a few other groups, operate!
The full episode can be found here!
I'd bet money everyone can answer "NO!" on that one - us included.
As you may know by now, we intend this year to be the first in which everyone can rate and review their favorite haunts, regardless of where they are located. That's still the plan, but our ideal custom rating system isn't coming along within the expected time frame. It's really coming down to crunch time!
Without getting into all the dirty details of the hold up, we'll leave it at this: If any of you know anyone who would be interested in some freelance web app work, please contact us. We're still trying to maintain the schedule as-is to the best of our ability, but we are certainly receptive to any assistance you or someone you know may be able to offer.
Any questions or references can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Well, June is here and we've been working hard to bring the (new) heart and soul to HauntedHouseTour.com to life.
To catch up, our new goal going forward is to let all of you have a hand in reviewing the haunted houses you go to and leave your thoughts for those who operate them. Since this piece is critical to our vision, extra time and attention is being put into making it the best possible system. We want to make sure it functions as close to how it was imagined as possible.
We have even more planned, but it's unknown how much can feasibly be achieved before haunt season begins. Anyhow, stay tuned and we'll let you know when a preview of the new rating system is available. Your feedback, as always, is greatly appreciated!
Until then - keep it scary.
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Attention all real-life haunt hunters! Britt Griffith from Ghost Hunter may be coming to a town near you for a lecture. Check his site here for dates. Currently, the dates are as follows:
Britt has also started a Patreon page where you can purchase access to tips and tricks videos covering the technology he uses to detect spirits and how to ensure they're in the best working order.
Brimstone Haunted Hayride is a new haunt opening this fall in Wilmington, Ohio.