[Review] Demon House (2018)
Demon House – As mass hysteria breaks out over an alleged demonic possession in an Indiana home, referred to as a Portal to Hell, “Ghost Adventures” host and paranormal investigator Zak Bagans buys the house, sight unseen, over the phone. Zak and his crew are unprepared for the demonic forces that await them at the location, as he and his crew become the next victims of the most documented case of demonic possession in US history, while famously carrying the title of the “House of 200 Demons.”
I first read about this notorious house in our local newspaper and in a few discussion forums so I had already made my mind up to see it as soon as it was released. I’ve always been a fan of the Ghost Adventures TV show and the hype over the host of that show, Zak Bagans, purchasing the house, sight unseen, made me want to see it even more. If you’ve seen all the reports covering this house first, you’ll probably enjoy it more, so if you haven’t read any of the articles or the news reports on TV it would be worth watching.
The actual documented events surrounding this house, and what caused the filming of it is essentially about a family living in a fairly harmless looking home in Gary, Indiana, who was plagued by a series of terrifying events that are said to be demonic in nature. All of the children supposedly become possessed, causing one of them to walk backward up a wall in front of social services workers and mental health professionals. As the phenomena grew, witnesses included a number of police officers, who would be considered reliable witnesses in a court of law. At the same time, the family doctor writes this all off as being nothing more than a mass delusion involving everyone involved.
Professional ghost-hunter Zak Bagans claimed the house was a portal to Hell. He admits he bought the house with the intent of making a documentary movie about the alleged demonic affliction and wanted to get to the bottom of the “Ammons House” lore and to capture any proof of a haunting on camera. Zak then reports that he got more than he bargained for. Or as he puts it, “This is the case that really fucked me up.” The family, however, completely refused to cooperate, out of fear that the haunting would follow them.
The story of Demon House contains enough information and details to intrigue even a skeptic, and Bagans’ tendency to stir things up with horror in his movie techniques makes this a movie to scare to the hell out of the true believers. Bagans and crew soon fall prey to the dark entities, which are said to be over 200 demons dwelling inside the house, and we start to see footage of very violent behavior on Bagans and the others. One of his crew members quits right there on the spot, another has to be fired due to his aggressive behavior.
It’s hard to say how much of the story is factual and how much is a figment of the original occupants and the crew’s imagination, but the film took three years in the making, with its release being pushed back multiple times. Bagan states at the beginning of the movie that this is because the production was being cursed, claiming that the case was afflicted with a host of unexplained illnesses and injuries, and cases of bad fortune, all of which is said to be associated to their connection with the Demon House.
There’s also a disclaimer at the beginning that warns the unwary that demons may be able to attach themselves via electronic means and that you should only watch the film at your own risk. So you’ll have to decide if that was a sincere and meaningful gesture or a marketing stunt itself.
Title: Demon House
Release Date: March 16, 2018
Runtime: 1 hour, 51 minutes
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Documentary
Studio: Freestyle Digital Media
Starring: Zak Bagans, Father Michael Maginot, Dr. Barry Taff
MPAA Rated: NR
Directors: Zak Bagans
Reviewed by: Dr. Butcher
Our Rating: 3.2 /5
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