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.