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The Demon House (2018)

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Genre : Documentary
Country : United States
Director: Zak Bagans

Cast:
Zak Bagans
Jay Wasley
Billy Tolley

Summary
“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. He and his crew then become the next victims of the most documented case of demonic possession in US history…the “house of 200 demons.”

The supernatural always makes for a good story. From horror classics like Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist to more mainstream fare such as 1990’s Ghost and Bedazzled there’s just something about the paranormal that intrigues audiences; both on the silver screen and at home. Reality shows like A Haunting and Destination Truth are not only popular shows but some of the longer running shows on cable. But when it comes to popularity with 15 seasons and spawning multiple spin-offs, Ghost Adventures is the most popular of these types of shows. Now, over a decade since he started Ghost Adventures, host Zak Bagans is up against something he may not be ready for.

Since being profiled by The Indianapolis Star in 2014, the exorcism of Latoya Ammons and “The House of 200 Demons” has become a hot spot for the paranormal community. The legend only grew with write-ups in news outlets such as The Huffington Post and Fox News. Shortly after these phenomenal reports, paranormal investigator Zak Bagans bought the house and intends to get to the bottom of things. Is it all an elaborate hoax or is there something more sinister going on?

Interestingly enough the movie doesn’t really focus on what most people think of when they think of ghost hunting. Instead the focus is more on the stories of people effected by the house. While neither Latoya Ammons nor her children are interviewed family members, police officials, then-child protective services workers and documentary crew who are affected give their own version of what they experienced. Each person giving their own interesting case for why the house is haunted. At the same time Bagans doesn’t focuses solely on the people convinced the property is haunted.

Time is also given to people who don’t think anything supernatural happened such as family members and people who have been to the house. We even briefly hear about an unnamed Hollywood producer gets involved due to interest in the rights to the Demon House story. Not only does it give a complete picture of the Ammons possession but it helps distance the documentary from Bagans’s Ghost Adventures. That said the show’s influence does pop up every now and then.

Sharing a lot of the same cast and crew The Demon House can sometimes feel a bit too much like an episode of Ghost Adventures. It is especially noticeable during the dramatic recreations where costumes and settings tend to look cheap. The generic sets and goat-headed creature feeling more like b-roll from the show instead of something originally filmed for the movie. The tropes that come with the show also effect the documentary’s climax. After nearly two hours of build up the movie ends with Zak investigating the home himself. Certainly, the logical conclusion but the way it’s shot with security cameras and night vision make it feel like an episode of Ghost Adventures that they forgot to edit down. After all of the stories we hear about what went on in the house Bagans sitting in the dark yelling at some unseen entity feels anti-climatic.

Perhaps the most interesting part of The Demon House is its ability to play both sides of the fence. For believers or fans of Ghost Adventures it provides a more extensive look into the research that goes into investigating the paranormal. Its a side of the Ghost Adventures crew that we dont really see on the show. At the same time for skeptics there is an interesting story here with a cast of colorful characters telling their own unique tales of the supernatural.

Will it convince skeptics that there are forces beyond our understanding? Absolutely not. There are way too many holes in the story and hokey TV editing to really convince them. But with a riveting story with such a cool location, The Demon House makes for an intriguing watch nevertheless for believers and non-believers alike.

Rating 6/10
Links : IMDB

Demon House is now available on VOD

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‘Joker’ Success Has Joaquin Phoenix Talking Sequel

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“It ended up being a dream role”

Todd Phillips’ ‘Joker’ had tremendous success this weekend. Blowing the doors off the box-office with a record shattering October at $96mil, beating out ‘Venom’ to take the top spot. While ‘Joker’ is still playing strong in theaters, fans have already started speculating what direction the “Clown Prince of Crime,” will head next. Todd Phillips originally shot down the idea of a ‘Joker 2.’ While talking to IGN Phillips said, “We have no plans for a sequel. We always pitched it as one movie, and that’s it.” Now it sounds like Phoenix has different aspirations for the Joker. During an interview with “Popcorn with Peter Travers,” Phoenix talked about his love for the role, saying:

“You know, I wouldn’t have thought about this as my dream role. But now, honestly, I can’t stop thinking about it,” Phoenix said. “I talked to Todd a lot about what else we might be able to do, in general, just to work together, but also specifically, if there’s something else we can do with Joker that might be interesting. So, it ended up being a dream role. It’s nothing that I really wanted to do prior to working on this movie.”

Phoenix, who famously passed on the role of Doctor Strange in the MCU also had this to say about returning to the Joker:

“I don’t know that there is [more to do],” Phoenix said. “Me and Todd would still be shooting now if we could, right? Because it seemed endless, the possibilities of where we can go with the character.”

‘Joker’ will definitely have fans clamoring for more. The movie sets up plenty of potential options for a sequel. More importantly fans just want to see Phoenix return to the screen as Arthur Fleck aka Joker. Joker has raked in over $258mil worldwide on a reported $50mil budget.

‘Joker’ is in theaters now. Get your tickets here:  JOKER TICKETS 

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Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn | Official Trailer- HD

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Action, Adventure, Crime

Release Date:

February 7, 2020 (Post Production)

Director:

Cathy Yan

Cast:

Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead Ewan McGregor, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez

Plot Summary:

After splitting with the Joker, Harley Quinn joins superheroes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord.

 

 

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After A Brief Break-Up Tom Holland/Spider-Man Will Stay With Marvel

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 “You never know what surprises the future might hold”

It would appear that we won’t be seeing Tom Holland’s Spider-Man grace the screen with the likes of Tom Hardy and Woody Harrelson, in the Andy Serkis directed ‘Venom 2.’ Or will we. Reports are scarce as to the details of the agreement reached between Marvel/Disney and Sony.  But, inside sources reveal that Marvel will take home 25% from future Spider-Man films.

The negotiations also landed on a release date for a third Spider-Man film. We are expected to see Holland return to action, July 16, 2021. Holland recently took to social media, to express his excitement about returning to the MCU:

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Amy Pascal will produce the upcoming films through her production company, Pascal Pictures as she has on the first two Holland/Spidey films. Pascal weighed in on the news:

“I am thrilled that Spidey’s journey in the MCU will continue, and I and all of us at Marvel Studios are very excited that we get to keep working on it,” Feige said in a statement. “Spider-Man is a powerful icon and hero whose story crosses all ages and audiences around the globe. He also happens to be the only hero with the superpower to cross cinematic universes, so as Sony continues to develop their own Spidey-verse you never know what surprises the future might hold.”

“This is terrific,” she said. “Peter Parker’s story took a dramatic turn in ‘Far From Home’ and I could not be happier we will all be working together as we see where his journey goes.”

 

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