Movie Night: Annabelle

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The other night I finally got around to watching Annabelle. I read about the real Annabelle doll years ago so I was excited when the movie came out. I won’t say much about the plot of the movie, except that it is completely different and fictional compared to the true stories of the doll. Still very entertaining.

I read some articles about paranormal happenings on the set of the movie. I always think it’s really interesting when I read stuff like that. The same thing happened with The Conjuring, which is the sequel to Annabelle (even though it came out prior to Annabelle).

Here’s some links to just a couple of those articles if you’re interested:

What I found most interesting is that the doll is blessed twice a month by a priest. I think I read that before, but I’d forgotten. After I watched the movie the other night, I re-read the story for a refresher.

Click here to go to The Warrens website and read Annabelle’s story

 

 

 

The Dibbuk Box

I watched the movie “The Possession” a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it. My mom called me after this past weekend and told me she watched it, too. She said, “that’s a really disturbing story!” I said, “Yeah, I told you!” I have followed the story of the Dibbuk box long before the movie came out. After watching it, I went back to re-read what I’d found before and to try to learn a little bit more.

Jason Haxton currently owns the box. He created a website to include all of the basic information for curious people to check out, as well as written a book.

In my search of all things dibbuk box, I did find a short excerpt from Unexplained Mysteries where Mr. Haxton explains the whereabouts of the box now:

“I recently buried the box away and am done with it. It is gone to the earth where its energy can and will be pulled from it. This is a common method of the Jewish faith for all powerful – spiritual things – torahs, books on God and amulets. So it is gone. Only a replica used for video-taping exists to show. That’s it.”

Here’s a podcast via PRS Radio of an interview with former Dibbuk Box owner, Kevin Mannis, and current Dibbuk Box owner Jason Haxton from last September.

Jason Haxton mentions that just a few days after the box was buried, an old abandoned well suddenly opened up; appearing in the ground about 20 feet away. It could have easily injured him or his family.

What else that’s really odd is that there’s been reports from people that have watched the movie, listened to the podcasts, read the book, etc. and afterwards they “feel” different. Or strange events occur like computers crashing, light bulbs exploding and cars breaking down. Some even had their homes or cars burn in a fire.

Here’s an interesting video from an interview with Kevin Mannis, one of the original owners of the box.

In an interview for LovetoKnow Paranormal, Mr. Haxton says this about the box’s future:

“Actually, after all these years, I cannot see myself being without it. So it stays with me. And when I die? It might seem odd, but I would like the Dibbuk Box to buried with me and for it to be finally gone from this world. That written, my son, a junior in college, tells me he’s not comfortable with burying the box with me. It is more of a fear that doing this could somehow bring a curse on him. That’s the problem of trusting the living to carry out your desires.”

Currently there’s a Dibbuk box on eBay for sale, again. The owner claims to have purchased it at an estate sale, as well. Take it for what you will.

 

Paranormal Activity 3

Last night I finally watched Paranormal Activity 3. I think it might’ve been the creepiest of them all. If you’ve seen all 3 of the movies, you really should check out this article for a little refresher on all 3 of them as well as some explanations. I know I had a hard time remembering all the details from the previous 2 movies, so this article helped a lot. Plus, it’s really cool to kind of realize how things all tie in.

Article: Paranormal Activity 3 Ending Explained

Also, check out the really cool trailer for the movie. But, be warned: some of the scenes in this trailer didn’t actually make it to the final cut of the movie. The article I mentioned above talks a little bit about that, too.

Enjoy!

American Ghost Hunter Movie Trailer

From American Ghost Hunter: The Movie Website

Over the course of their working relationship, Buell and Calek had now become best friends, in which Calek, over time, eventually chose to confide in Buell about several then-secretive details surrounding his past, including the bizarre series of events that led to Calek’s family enduring a horrific battle with some of the most intense paranormal activity he had ever recorded… activity that began when Calek was 12 years old, after his family moved to a small town in Iowa that he believed to hold a dark secret.

Calek explained to Buell that he wanted to make a documentary about the events, where he would return to try to finally make sense of it all.

“I remember asking him why it was so important to him, because he started to talk about it more and more, and he said, ‘I’m a documentarian. It’s what I’m meant to do.  I truly feel I’m supposed to share this real story with the world,'” said Buell.

My Amityville Horror Film

The Amityville Horror House today

Image by Rafakoy via Flickr

I know some people are mesmerized by the whole Amityville story while others couldn’t care any less. But, I like to post interesting things about it when I come across them just because Amityville is the very thing that started my lifelong interest in the paranormal. Hoax or not, I don’t know that we’ll ever know; but the story has captivated our entire nation. Not many supernatural stories have done that.

So, I am extremely excited to announce a new film in the works. My Amityville Horror is a whole new view to the story coming from the oldest son, Daniel Lutz. Being only 10 at the time of his 28 day stay on Ocean Ave., he’s stayed away from the media and telling his story until now.

My Amityville Horror will include a personal look at Lutz’s own life; a first-hand account of the terrifying events that occurred to his entire family; his reflections on how his parents dealt with the exposure and the media-frenzy that befell them; and, how both experiences have affected his life since.

An independent team of investigators and filmmakers have joined together to present the first accurate portrayal of the Amityville events to date.  Both witness testimonies and rare archival footage will be presented to bring Daniel’s story to life.  This will include a chilling, real-life depiction of the Amityville haunting as it has never been presented before, incident by incident, following Daniel through his childhood and onward.

Five years ago, the Lutz’s other son, Christopher (who changed his last name to Quaratino to escape the public) came forward with a few comments regarding his old home.

From the original article at SeattleTimes.com

Now 37 and living in Scottsdale, Ariz., Quaratino maintains the haunting was not a hoax. But he insists his stepfather at the time, George Lutz, brought the troubles on himself by dabbling in the occult and then amplified what paranormal incidents did occur to profit off books and movies about the house.

It’s a wonder that there hasn’t been more information found out about George Lutz’s involvement with the occult. Of course that is a very big clue (and red flag) for things to have happened to him and his family.

Watch the trailer for the film: http://www.amityvillemovie.com/

Museum of the Paranormal

John Zaffis – Museum of the Paranormal Movie – Sizzler 2010

I Saw Paranormal Activity

I (obviously) was very excited about this movie, and even more excited when it’s demand to play in all theaters became fulfilled. Most of the reviews that I’d read all described the movie as terrifying. I was actually a little bit leery, even though I LOVE this stuff! But, I knew that I HAD to see it no matter what. It wasn’t until earlier yesterday afternoon that a friend told me a few of his friends said the movie was terrible. They were bored. “Nooo! It can’t be!” I wailed. I didn’t let it discourage me. Like I said, I HAD to see it no matter what.

I was disappointed. The only part worth seeing was the last 15-20 minutes. Let me make that even more clear: the last 15-20 minutes until the last 5 seconds of the movie.

Here’s some quotes from Rotten Tomatoes I thought were worth sharing:

“Does no one else see that the few genuinely creepy and original moments here are so few and far between that this would have been far more intriguing as a YouTube short…?” -MaryAnn Johanson

“Far more effective during its nighttime scenes.” -Sean O’Connell

“While a welcome respite from classic horror movie remakes and gory torture porn, I can’t cosign on the Paranormal Activity hype. Is this the scariest film ever made? Not in the least.” -Diva Velez

Though, I do have to add that there were some comedic parts to the movie, too. And on purpose (meaning that these comedic parts weren’t meant to be scary and instead came off as funny; they were truly bits to make you giggle). They lightened up any tension, and actually made the whole situation come off as being more real.

I did hear that at a local theater, a couple of people urinated themselves…and a couople of people vomited. Though there were a handful of genuinely creepy moments, that seems a little much. It’s more likely that those people just drank too much fountain pop, and ate too many chili cheese dogs.