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The Union Screaming House: Real Terror Lives Inside

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Shrieks, bangs and a looming shadow figure torment a single father and his children in this true story of the Union Screaming House located in Missouri.

Steven LaChance was looking to expand his family’s living quarters beyond that of a small apartment and when he finds the perfect home he doesn’t expect to go from skeptic to true believer almost overnight.

LaChance’s story has been well documented. He has given his own account several times and even wrote a book about his experience called “The Uninvited.”

The website Legends of America contains a brief but frightening first-hand account written by LaChance himself.

It all started in May 2001.

Having been cramped in a small apartment with his children for a while, LaChance was eager to stretch out. His lease was up anyway and fearing homelessness he looked at every classified ad for a possible lead.

So when an opportunity arose to look at a real house for rent in Union Missouri he jumped at the chance. Not only was it big, but it also had a yard and quiet neighborhood. Or so he thought.

The House

The landlady scheduled LaChance to view the house on a Sunday. Taking his daughter with him they arrived and entered the home.

“To our surprise, we were standing in a living room with cherubs surrounding the top of the walls all the way around the room. All of the original woodwork was intact and a large wooden pole ran to the ceiling creating a divider which separated the living room from the family room. The house had two floors with three bedrooms, and a large family kitchen with a mudroom that lead to the back door. The upstairs bedrooms had a breezeway that could be accessed from all rooms.”

It was perfect. This would solve many problems including an improvement to the family’s quality of life. The landlady had a few people interested in renting the home. The eager father waited with bated breath for her to make a decision.

“You understand the responsibility that comes with living in an old house such as this?’ she asked. “Oh, yes I understand. It’s beautiful.”, I quickly replied, not really understanding to what I was agreeing to. ‘Well then I will get back to you,’ she said.'”

They Got It!

It took a week, but the she called him back with good news. It was theirs.

Moving day came on a Friday and nothing of note happened inside the house, however, a local pulled up to the curb and said something odd: “Hope you get along okay here.”

The family unpacked their belongings and explored the house in a little more detail. The only thing LaChance found odd was that there were old-fashioned latches on the doors.

“The latches were on the outside of the rooms doors, as if to keep something in,” he recalls. He kept this to himself.

Then something else happened. He was hanging a picture in the living room which would crash to the floor every time he got it hung. Again he dismissed the incident and carried on.

But then there was another neighbor incident which struck him as bizarre. People would not walk in front of his house, they would cross the street instead.

Having to do some yard work because the trees in the front yard were losing their leaves, LaChance asked his son to retrieve the garden hose from the basement. It didn’t go well.

Suddenly from the front yard, LaChance could hear his son screaming at the top of his lungs. The concerned father ran inside.

“‘Something chased me up the basement steps.’ ‘What chased you?’ I asked, already thinking the overactive imagination of a little boy was at play here. ‘I don’t know daddy, but it was big.'”

Despite the few occurrences, their first weekend in the new home came and went. However, LaChance began to notice that whenever he would come home all the lights in the empty house would be on.

Hot & Cold

Soon the temperatures in the house would fluctuate from room to room. One room would be overly warm, but if you stepped into another it would be freezing.

Then one Sunday night LaChance saw it, him.

“The kids had their backs to the living room, for which I am still thankful because the memory of what happened next still haunts my dreams to this day. I noticed it first out of the corner of my eye.

A quick glance. Something moving, standing at the kitchen doorway that led into the family room. Not something – someone. I looked toward it again. It was a dark figure of a man, even though there was full light. He was solid in form except there was a moving, churning, dark gray, black smoke or mist that made up his form.”

A frightened LaChance looked away in disbelief sure that what he was seeing was a figment of his imagination, but when he looked back up it was still there. “He was solid in form except there was a moving, churning, dark gray, black smoke or mist that made up his form.”

Don’t Panic, But Get Out

The entity melted into thin air. LaChance decided for the sake of his children not to panic. Instead, he calmly told them to get in the car; they were going out to get a snack.

“We moved orderly out the front door and I turned to lock the door,  when a loud painful scream of a man came from inside the house. It sounded as if he was screaming in pain, so loud that it could be heard throughout the neighborhood and the dogs began to bark. To hell with orderly, ‘Get in the car!’ I screamed at my children.”

Driving down the street, his son turned around, “Daddy the basement monster is standing in the upstairs window.” LaChance looked too. His son was right.

The Return

The clan stayed at LaChance’s parent’s house while he traveled out of town. The trip gave him an opportunity to rationalize what he saw and also come to the realization they had nowhere else to go. They returned to the house.

The house was quiet for a few days, then all hell broke loose. It started with the doors rattling softly becoming more violent after each interval. Then a stench wafted throughout the house:

In His Own Words

“And then, the screaming started – softly at first, but building in momentum.

I yelled through the phone to my mother to come help – we were getting out. Then the whole house began to shake and come alive.

From the above, I could hear something large coming down the stairs. Boom. Boom! BOOM! The screaming of the man over and over. The screaming of my daughter, ‘Daddy what is happening!’

Along with this came the thought that one of my two bedroom doors connected to the stairs. BOOM! BOOM!

It was coming down those stairs! I had to get to my children! The whole house was alive with noise.

The floor beneath me was shaking as I made my way to the bedroom door.  I felt something behind me and I knew I didn’t want to turnaround to see it! BOOM! SCREAMING!  

A new scream mixed into the man’s scream – this one from a child. BOOM! SCREAMS! BOOM! I made it to my bedroom door but it wouldn’t open.

By this time I, too, am screaming. Throwing myself against the door it still wouldn’t budge. I continued to throw myself against the door again and again until it finally slammed open.”

Scambling to freedom, they made their way to the car hearing the screams still emanating from inside the house.

“‘We could see “it” searching through the house. Searching! Searching for us! It’s blackness moving from room to room methodically.'”

The LaChance’s never returned to the house as a family. Steven made his way back to pack up, but he always brought someone with him.

The Ghost Identified

He later discovered that the man he saw was Captain John T. Crowe.

In the beginning, LaChance wasn’t a believer, but spending the little time he did in the “Screaming House,” made him one.

“‘The breathing you’d hear when you were alone with it in a room. The breathing you would hear when you knew it was there. Heavy. Labored. Breathing. Yes, I do believe in ghosts. I do believe in ghosts. And maybe you should too?'”

You can read LaChance’s full account HERE, or read his book “The Uninvited: The True Story of the Union Screaming House

Also this Facebook post explains how hard it was for him to write the book.

The Roman Catholic Church released a report on the Haunting. You can read that here.

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Doug Bradley Wants To Play Pinhead Again In A ‘The Scarlet Gospels’ Movie Adaptation

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This is exciting news for fans of the actor and the franchise. In an exclusive interview with Bloody Disgusting, Doug Bradley says, I certainly never say never. I’ve never said I was done with it. Check out more of what he says in the interview below.

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Doug Bradley says, “I certainly never say never. I’ve never said I was done with it. I’ve never said I’m retired from it. I’m sensible about these things, too. I was in my mid-30s when I first played the character, and I was just turning 50 when I played him the last time. I ain’t in that age range anymore. I’m now in my 70th year, and to some extent, I think special effects makeup is a younger man’s game.”

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Then, when talking about a movie adaptation of The Scarlet Gospels, he says “If we did that, we could maybe present an older Pinhead to be aware of the fact that I am the age I am, that time and gravity does what time and gravity does. An older, darker Pinhead would intrigue me, one not so much in love with the flippant one-liners and the witty comebacks and so forth.”

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The Scarlet Gospels is a novel written by Clive Barker that was published in 2015. It served as a continuation of his novel The Hellbound Heart and the Harry D’Amour stories. The book followed the story of the Hell Priest, the demonic Cenobite nicknamed “Pinhead”, and his efforts to gain power. Occult detective Harry D’Amour must journey into Hell to rescue his friend and stop the Hell Priest’s plans.”

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While Bradley does state he is too old for the role, The Scarlet Gospels follows an older pinhead which would work perfectly for the actor. Are you excited about the news of him playing the character again if this adaptation happens? Let us know in the comments below.

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Season 5 of HBO’s ‘True Detective’ Is Greenlit

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Whether you liked Issa López’s interpretation of HBO’s True Detective: Night Country, the streamer has given her the go-ahead for another season, the fifth for the long-running series.

That’s right López will once again take the reigns of True Detective which HBO says the Night Country installment was its most-watched season of the creepy series to date, with its finale (aired on February 18) getting the highest viewership numbers since its premiere in January.

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True Detective: Night Country

“From conception to release, ‘Night Country’ has been the most beautiful collaboration and adventure of my entire creative life,” López told Variety. “HBO trusted my vision all the way, and the idea of bringing to life a new incarnation of ‘True Detective’ with Casey, Francesca and the whole team is a dream come true. I can’t wait to go again.”

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Francesca Orsi, executive vice president of HBO Programming added, “Issa López is that one-of-a-kind, rare talent that speaks directly to HBO’s creative spirit. She helmed ‘True Detective: Night Country’ from start to finish, never once faltering from her own commendable vision, and inspiring us with her resilience both on the page and behind the camera. Alongside Jodie and Kali’s impeccable performances, she’s made this installation of the franchise a massive success, we are so lucky to have her as part of our family.”

López was very verbal on social media about doing Night Country, from the announcement she got the gig, until its completion. You might know her work outside of HBO starting with the sublime 2017 supernatural thriller Tigers Are Not Afraid.

Some viewers were divided on the supernatural direction Lopez took True Detective, but the overall consensus is that it was a great twist to an already phenomenal series.

True Detective: Night Country stars Jodie Foster and Kali Reis as two investigators examining the strange mass death of an Ennis, Alaska research team who may or may not have succumbed to a curse perpetuated by the indigenous people of the area.

There is no word yet on plot details but keep checking back with us and we will keep you posted.

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Josh Brolin Replaces Pedro Pascal in New Zach Cregger Film ‘Weapons’

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Horror fans who loved Zach Cregger’s Barbarian will be excited to hear that his new project Weapons is still in active production. An exclusive from The Hollywood Reporter states that Josh Brolin is in negation for the film’s lead role.

The role was originally meant for Pedro Pascal (The Last of Us) but a scheduling conflict with the new Fantastic Four film has caused him to leave the project. This is an interesting decision on the part of Pascal. The Fantastic Four film franchise hasn’t exactly gone well in the past. But hey, there’s a first time for everything, right?

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Pedro Pascal

Luckily, Josh Brolin (Avengers: Infinity War) is showing up to fill the position. Horror fans have been wildly excited about the new project from Zach Cregger, even though very little is known about the project.

The Hollywood Report states that the film is ‘an interrelated, multistory horror epic that tonally is in the vein of Magnolia“. And I’ll be honest, I have no idea what that means, but it sounds amazing. If anyone can pull off a film like that, it’s Josh Brolin.

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This would technically be Josh Brolin’s first horror film. The actor has been known to be very picky about who he worked with in the past. Fans are taking this as an indication that the film will be well written. Or at the very least, have an original concept.

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