Here’s an empirical truth: When the Millennium Falcon comes swooping in and blasts a TIE fighter (or any permutation of a TIE fighter) to pieces, it will induce goose bumps in any human with a soul. Couple that with a John Williams score playing in the background, and such a scene has the capability to bring grown men to tears.
WE GO ON tells the story of one man's quest to find out if there is more out there after we die. Paralyzed by his fear of dying, Miles Grissom is offering reward money to the first person who can show him a ghost, an angel, a demon - anything to prove to him that we go on after our deaths. He narrows the responses down to three viable candidates - a scientist, a medium, and a worldly entrepreneur. And along with his protective mother, he embarks on an adventure through Los Angeles that will spiral into an unthinkable nightmare.
BANSHEE CHAPTER follows investigative journalist, ANNA, researching a missing friend who ingested DMT, once tested on civilians by CIA MK-Ultra experiments. The labyrinthine trail of evidence leads her into the disturbing world of black ops chemical tests, unexplained radio transmissions and disfigured entities in the blackness of night. Anna will do anything to uncover what lies behind her friend's disappearance but to her horror the entities are coming after her.
Banshee Chapter is based on real documents, actual test subject testimony, and uncovered secrets about covert programs run by the CIA in the MK-Ultra experiments.
The filmmaker Michael King, doesn't believe in God or the Devil. Following the sudden death of his wife, Michael decides to make his next film about the search for the existence of the supernatural, making himself the center of the experiment - allowing demonologists, necromancers, and various practitioners of the occult to try the deepest and darkest spells and rituals they can find on him - in the hopes that when they fail, he'll once and for all have proof that religion, spiritualism, and the paranormal are nothing more than myth. But something does happen.... .
Nice find, I will check it out. Here's some plot-info for those interested;
THR33 - A Haunted House Film
A girl takes a job cleaning up a cabin that has recently gone up for sale. But once she arrives, she learns the true reason the house is for sale... the previous owner suddenly dropped dead after complaining that her house was haunted. Now, finding herself trapped in the cabin overnight, the girl soon discovers the rumours of a ghost might just be all too real.
I often post tips about paranormal movies that are a bit out of the mainstream, but are nevertheless well worth a watch. Films like The Conjuring, Sinister, The Witch, Paranormal Activity etc, dont need any further introduction since most people interested in the genre know about them, or/and have seen them. So I try to find those gems (or at least semi-gems) that are worth a watch but not necessarily are block-buster material.
I watched a British flick yesterday called Ghosts of Darkness .It's a British haunted-house flick, and I'm a sucker for those since being saturated by American ditto over the years. The British ones have a different style to them - not always better, but different, and intriguing.
Ghosts of Darknessis a indie-flick about;
A scientific ghost hunter and sceptic Jack Donovan and psychic Jonathan Blazer have agreed to a request by a mysterious man (Steve Weston) to spend three nights in Richmond Manor (for a cool $50,000 each) to debunk rumours that are keeping the building from being sold to the locals. Turns out that the house has a mystery dating back hundreds of years involving blood and demons, as well as a personal secret.
I watched a British flick yesterday called Ghosts of Darkness .It's a British haunted-house flick, and I'm a sucker for those since being saturated by American ditto over the years. The British ones have a different style to them - not always better, but different, and intriguing. ]
Hehe, it's not that I dont like American movies in that genre, they are usually very good. It's just that watching British, French, or German movies, there is often a whole different feel to the movies, and how they are made, that makes them interesting and "fresh", so to speak.
I'm gonna check it out, looks interesting. Thanks for the tip Brian.
Secrets in the Walls
A mother and her two teenage daughters move into an ancient house in a suburb of Detroit, when it is offered at a very low price, much to the dislike of the elder daughter. Soon, the younger child begins to see strange things in the house, but the mother disregards her claims, saying that it is only her imagination. Then the elder child also begins to notice creepy phenomena but does not speak about it. Only when things take a more serious turn and the mother too starts to witness strange events does she realize that something really is wrong with the house.
Here are two British flicks that you might enjoy, unless you haven't seen them already;
"When the Lights Went Out"
"When the Lights Went Out is a 2012 British supernatural horror film directed by Pat Holden.
The story is loosely based on a claimed poltergeist haunting known as "The Black Monk of Pontefract", said to have occurred in the home of Joe and Jean Pritchard at 30 East Drive Chequerfield Estate in Pontefract, West Yorkshire in 1974. According to Jean Pritchard's sister-in-law Renee Holden, alleged supernatural disturbances by a poltergeist given the nickname "Fred" included "throwing things around, freezing rooms down, creating water puddles and making noises". Pritchard's daughter Diane was supposedly dragged up the stairs one time, by her neck."
Synopsis; "- In the 1970s, Jenny and Len move into a new home in Yorkshire where their 13 year-old daughter Sally is haunted by the malevolent spirit of a young girl, and the demonic apparition of a monk. Sally's parents seek out the assistance of a paranormal specialist and a local priest, who performs an exorcism that eventually halts the hauntings."
The Black Monk of Pontefract, Yorkshire, UK
A decade before the world famous Amityville and Enfield poltergeist cases came to public attention, a little heard of, but acknowledged as Europe's most violent haunting, took place in the town of Pontefract.
Number 30 East Drive, on the Chequerfields Estate, East Yorkshire, stood on a corner at the top of a hill, close to what was once the site of the town gallows. Living at number 30 were Jean and Joe Pritchard, their son Philip, aged 15 and daughter Diane aged 12.
The poltergeist, later to become known as the Black Monk of Pontefract, began disturbing the Pritchard family in 1966 with a wide variety of paranormal activity. Water pools, lights turning off and on again, furniture overturning, pictures being slashed, objects flying or levitating, knocking sounds, objects disappearing and appearing again, foul smells, farmyard noises, heavy breathing sounds, sudden drops of temperature, and a mysterious black-robed figure, whose appearances became more and more frequent were all reported at the house.
The police, a local MP and the vicar were all witness to the extraordinary happenings which continued to plague the household, and all attempts to exorcise the presence were unsuccessful and met with mockery.
First Occurrence of the Poltergeist
The events began in August 1966 during the August Bank Holiday week. The family had gone on holiday to Devon leaving 15 year old Philip at home with his grandmother, Sarah Scholes.
While alone in the house, Sarah felt a cold gust of wind, despite the warm weather outside. When Phillip re-entered the house, he noticed white powder falling from mid-air all around the living room, onto the floor. Their first assumption was that it was somehow falling from the ceiling, however it had only very recently been redecorated.
At this point the pair were more confused than scared, so Sarah went to consult her daughter, Marie Kelly, who lived just across the road. When Marie saw the white powder she went into the kitchen to get a cloth to clean it up and promptly slipped in a pool of water that had formed on the kitchen floor.
Numerous puddles of water began appearing on the kitchen floor. By now one of the neighbours, Enid Pritchard, had come round to number 30 to see what the commotion was about. Being the practical type she immediately went and turned off the water at the stop cock, however it made no difference and the pools of water still appeared. Mrs Kelly then decided to report the water leaks to the Water Board who advised that they would send someone around as soon as possible.
Later that afternoon the man from the Water Board duly appeared. After much checking of pipes, rodding of drains and surmising that the water may be condensation he went away to report the problem to his manager and an hour later the pools of water stopped appearing.
This was only the beginning though. Later that evening at around 7pm, Sarah was watching TV in the living room when from the kitchen, Philip shouted "Grandma, it's happening again!". The worktop in the kitchen was strewn with sugar and dry tea leaves and as they stared at it, the button on the tea dispenser went slowly in and out several times covering the draining board in tea.
This carried on even when the tea dispenser was empty prompting Sarah to shout in desperation "Stop it!". As she did so there came a loud crash from the hallway. They slowly opened the door leading to the hallway, half expecting to catch a burglar, only to find it silent, dark and empty until the hall light clicked on of it's own accord, startling them both.
They slowly made their way to the foot of the stairs and saw what had made the noise. A plant which was usually at the foot of the stairs was now sat halfway up them, missing its pot, which was on the landing above. As if this was not enough to fray their nerves another sound rang out from the kitchen making them jump once again.
On investigation they saw that the crockery cupboard was vibrating as though someone was trapped inside and trying to get out. As soon as Philip snatched open the door the vibrations stopped whilst almost immediately another loud banging noise started up somewhere else in the house.
Sarah now noticed a sudden chill in the air and decided to fetch Marie Kelly again. As soon as Marie stepped into the kitchen she was confronted by the shaking crockery cupboard and the sound of the cups and plates inside rattling. Sarah then went next door to ask the neighbours, Mr and Mrs Mountain, if they were responsible for the banging noises. Mrs Mountain looked in amazement at Sarah saying, "We thought it was you". By the time Sarah returned the noises had thankfully stopped.
The three of them sat discussing the unnerving events until around 9.30pm when Marie left hoping it was all over for the night. Philip decided to go to bed and Sarah figured a good nights sleep was needed also. After locking up and switching off the downstairs lights Sarah went into Philips room to wish him goodnight, as she did so, a heavy chest of drawers began swaying without explanation.
That was the final straw for the night, Sarah and Phillip left the house and went to sleep at a neighbour's out of fear for their safety.
The Second Phase of Paranormal Activity
When Mr and Mrs Pritchard returned home from their holiday, the disturbances had stopped, and thus they concluded that the phenomena must have had some logical explanation; especially since, for the following two years, they continued living in the house without the slightest sign of any paranormal activity.
However, as abruptly as it ended, the poltergeist phenomena suddenly began again, this time plaguing the family for several years, though they refused to succumb to it and move from their home. So common was the paranormal activity that the poltergeist became known to the Pritchard family as Fred.
The main target of the activity during the second phase seemed to be the daughter, Diane, who was often thrown from her bed, and, in one instance, was dragged up the stairs by her throat, by an invisible hand that left lacerations on her neck.
Loud inexplicable crashing sounds were common, especially in the presence of outside company. Objects too went flying around the air and crashing, or dematerialising and then reappearing in a different location. Though on two occasions, exorcisms were attempted, these measures seemed only to agitate the situation.
After a concerned family friend doused holy water throughout the home, the poltergeist responded by painting upside-down crosses on the living room walls and doors, and destroying the crucifixes that decorated the Pritchard house.
The physical manifestation of the poltergeist did not occur until quite late in the haunting. The figure first appeared to Joe and Jean Pritchard while they lay in bed. The two allegedly saw a black-cloaked figure hovering over their bed, but it soon dissipated. On a few subsequent occasions, other members of the family as well as visitors reported seeing a figure that looked like a monk, though no one ever glimpsed a face underneath the robes. Shortly after the physical manifestations of the monk appeared, the haunting abruptly ceased, never to occur again.
The Reoccurrence of the Poltergeist
The author Tom Cuniff, later identified the poltergeist as a 16th century monk, who was hung for the rape and murder of a girl during the reign of Henry VIII. Ever since, the poltergeist has been known as the Black Monk of Pontefract. Intriguingly, the Pritchards’ house was said to have been built next to the site of the town's gallows.
The events that occurred in the house have been recreated in director Pat Holden’s 2012 horror film 'When the Lights Went Out'. Jean Pritchard was Holden’s aunt and he witnessed many of the incidents first hand.
However, as the film about the haunting hit cinemas and public interest in the haunting rose, sparking numerous visitors to the house, locals say the Black Monk of Pontefract is beginning to stir again.
Current next-door neighbour Carol Fieldhouse, said things started to take a sinister turn shortly after the film was released. Carol didn’t know the former owner Philip Pritchard had just sold the long-empty property to the film's producer, Bil Bungay.
In a newspaper interview Carol said she had seen Philip tidying up the front garden. “I went out and asked him if he’d sold it to one of his nephews. I thought it must have been one of them because I knew they were deaf and I’d heard the telly blasting out all night."
“He said ‘There’s no TV in there. It’s empty’. Then he turned pale and said ‘God, it’s started again’. I haven’t seen him since.”
"In 1974, in Oxford, Professor Joseph Coupland invites his introspective student Brian McNeil to film his research about the supernatural, with his two assistants, Krissi Dalton and Harry Abrams, and the subject Jane Harper, to take part in a dangerous experiment: - to create a poltergeist."
"Based on the theory that paranormal activity is caused by human negative energy, the rogue scientists perform a series of tests on a young patient, pushing her to the edge of sanity. As frightening occurrences begin to take place with shocking and gruesome consequences, the group members quickly realize they have triggered a force more terrifying and evil than they ever could have imagined."