It has been years since Zak Bagans, host of television’s “Ghost Adventures”, first heard of a mysterious house in Gary, Indiana where a host of unexplained incidents had occurred. He would come to call it the “demon house“, and his new documentary of the same name will make it’s debut this week in select theaters and on VOD in the USA.
Bagans spoke with iHorror this week about the process of making Demon House and the fallout from one of the most intense hauntings he’s ever experienced first hand. From the beginning, it was almost an obsession.
“It was hard to ignore the obvious, and the obvious was how many credible sources experienced evidence of these possessions,” Bagans said. “Police from three different districts, child protective services, emergency room doctors, but it was the story of the boy walking up the wall that caught my attention most.”
Bagans spent hours on the telephone once he heard these stories and did not give up until he had secured ownership of the house, and his journey into its mysteries had begun.
“I didn’t know what was going to happen. I didn’t know if this documentary would even be made, and I honestly didn’t care,” he said. “It was the investigator inside me that…I just wanted to see something.”
Unlike an episode of “Ghost Adventures”, Bagans had seemingly unlimited time to investigate and explore the depths of this house and the sinister effect that it had on himself and everyone who joined him. Bagans himself reports being ill for almost eighty percent of the shoot and others succumbed to serious illness, behavioral changes, and one girl even attempted suicide after briefly spending time in the home.
It was an incident with a cameraman named Adam, however, that became one of the most terrifying and compelling moments in the documentary.
Adam had, according to Bagans, previously worked with director of photography Jay Wasley several times before he joined the crew. He had also been vocal about his disbelief in the paranormal.
It was a shock to everyone when, upon returning to their hotel one night during filming, that Adam began exhibit strange and violent behavior toward Zak and the rest of the crew. He was screaming at an unseen force and more than once seemed as though he might lunge at Bagans.
“You could feel what was around Adam,” Bagans explained. “You could feel this ice cold freezer-like air around him and his skin was just as cold. To be honest, I was scared in that hallway because when someone is fully possessed they can have a tremendous amount of physical strength. I honestly didn’t know what he was going to do or if he was going to try to kill me.”
Luckily, the situation was eventually diffused, but he admits that he has not spoken to Adam since the incident.
The documentary is filled with moments of this kind of intensity, and it was that very fact that led Bagans to ultimately decide to tear down the house, but he’s quick to point out that simply doing so is not enough to have ended the demonic activity.
“I decided to destroy the house to prevent anyone else from ever living there again,” he said. “It’s like when someone has to have an exorcism, and it takes multiple times for it to truly be successful. I believe this is part of the action needed to destroy the things that live in that house, but do I believe they are gone, now? Absolutely not.”
Much time has passed since the tiny unassuming house which, according to the documentary, housed as many as 200 demons was taken down to its foundations, but Bagans admits that time has not muted his obsession in the least.
“I still think about the house all the time, and in a sick way, I miss it,” he confessed. “I know that’s not a good thing. I don’t enjoy the darkness but it’s this feeling I had in there. It won’t leave me.”
Demon House will be released in select theaters and on VOD services in the US this Friday, March 16, 2018. It’s a film that has to be seen to be believed…if you believe.
Vomit Bags Handed Out in Theaters as ‘Saw X’ is Called Worse Than ‘Terrifier 2’
Remember all the puking folks were doing when Terrifier 2 was released in theaters? It was an incredible amount of social media showing folks tossing their cookies in theaters at the time. For good reason too. If you have seen the film and know what Art the Clown does to a girl in a yellow room, you know that Terrifier 2 wasn’t messing around. But it appears that Saw X is being seen a challenger.
One of the scenes that is apparently bothering folks this time is the one in which a guy has to perform brain surgery on himself in order to hack out a chunk of grey matter that weighs enough for the challenge. The scene is pretty brutal.
The synopsis for Saw X goes like this:
Hoping for a miraculous cure, John Kramer travels to Mexico for a risky and experimental medical procedure, only to discover the entire operation is a scam to defraud the most vulnerable. Armed with a newfound purpose, the infamous serial killer uses deranged and ingenious traps to turn the tables on the con artists.
For me personally, I still think that Terrifier 2 owns this crown though. It is gnarly throughout and Art is brutal and doesn’t have a code or anything. He just loves killin’. While Jigsaw deals in revenge or in ethics. Also, we see the vomit bags, but I haven’t seen anyone using em just yet. So, I’ll remain skeptical.
All in all, I gotta say I like both films since both are sticking with practical effects instead of going the cheapy computer graphics way.
Have you seen Saw X yet? Do you think that it rivals Terrifier 2? Let us know in the comments section.
Billy Gives a Tour of His Home in ‘SAW X’ MTV Parody
While SAW X dominates in theaters, we here at iHorror are enjoying the promos. One of the best SAW promos that we have seen is hands down the one that features Billy giving us a tour of his home in a MTV parody approach.
The latest SAW film brings back Jigsaw by taking us back into the past and an all-out revenge plan on his Cancer doctors. A group that counts on making money off of sick people messes with the wrong guy and undergoes a whole lot of torture.
“Hoping for a miraculous cure, John Kramer travels to Mexico for a risky and experimental medical procedure, only to discover the entire operation is a scam to defraud the most vulnerable. Armed with a newfound purpose, the infamous serial killer uses deranged and ingenious traps to turn the tables on the con artists.“
SAW X is now playing in theaters. Have you already seen it? Let us know what you thought.
‘The Last Drive-In’ Changes to Single Movie Approach Over Double Features
Well, while I always enjoy more Joe Bob Briggs in my life I am not sure about AMC’s latest decision for Joe Bob Briggs and The Last Drive-In. The news going around is that the team would be getting a “super-sized” season. While it does go on a little longer than we are used to, it comes with a huge bummer as well.
The “super-sized” season will also include the upcoming John Carpenter Halloween special and the Daryl Dixon Walking Dead series’ first episodes. It also includes a Christmas Episode and a Valentine’s Day episode. When the true season begins next year it will give us one episode every other week in place of the much-loved double-feature.
This will stretch out the season further but not by giving fans extra films. Instead, it will skip a week and skip out on the late-night fun of the double feature.
This is a decision made by AMC Sudder and not by the team at The Last Drive-In.
I’m hoping that a well-placed petition may assist in getting the double features back. But only time will tell.
What do you think about the new line-up for The Last Drive-In? Will you miss the double features and the string of consistent episodes? Let us know in the comments section.