Are you sitting comfortably? I'm about to reveal that your worst nightmares are all real, TOTALLY real! You thought The Exorcist was just a movie? Well think again, turns out that shit actually happened! To a boy! In Maryland!
But for some context to your nightmares I'll explain why I'm ruining your weekend. The Possession hits theaters on Friday and it's based upon the modern legend of the Dibbuk Box, passed down by Holocaust survivors and said to contain a Jewish demon. If you want to know more check out wikipedia but it might keep you off eBay for a while. To celebrate this true story hitting the masses I've assembled my favorite true demon/ghost stories that made it into movies.
You have been warned...
The Exorcism Of Emily Rose
A priest is put on trial for supposedly murdering a girl named Emily Rose who he performed an exorcism on in order to save her life. The harrowing story is told through flashbacks.
The movie was based on the story of Anneliese Michel, a German teenager who became possessed in the 60s. She apparently kept the demon inside of her for years and years, suffering paralysis, self-abuse, starvation and horrendous visions. But in 1965 many priests attempted separate exorcisms on the girl because they believed she was under the grip of several different demons. While being exorcised the demons withheld Anneliese's ability to eat so she died of starvation in July 1967. Her parents and the priests were sentenced to six months in prison.
An American Haunting
Nineteenth-century landowner John Bell and his family are tormented by an invisible entity, which targets his daughter Betsy in particular.
Based on the legend of The Bell Witch who poisoned the well of farmer John Bell. The witch supposedly tormented Bell and his family to the point of insanity, starting noises in the walls and growing to include unusual sounds, people being slapped and pinched, objects being thrown and animals spooking. Finally the witch managed to get Bell to drink the poison water. The movie-makers said the event was the only known time a spirit has killed a human being. The story is said also to be the basis of The Blair Witch Project.
The Amityville Horror
The Lutz family buy a new home on 112 Ocean Avenue, Long Island; a house where a mass murder had been committed the year before. After the family move into the house, they experience a series of frightening paranormal events.
In December 1975 George and Kathy Lutz and Kathy's three children moved into 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, a house that previously had been home to Ronald DeFeo, Jr. who had shot and killed six members of his family. There are too many events that genuinely took place in the house to list here but the highlights include George Lutz waking up every night at the exact time the murders had taken place, the discovery of a room in the cellar painted red which the dog would not go near, hundreds of flies filling rooms without any cause and many more. After carrying out several blessings the Lutz's finally moved out when the house was deemed too haunted.
The Hills Have Eyes
A family driving through the southwestern desert in an RV takes a short cut that leads them to run headlong into a family of violent cannibals who live in caves in the hills.
The truth is much much darker than the movie depicted. Alexander "Sawney" Bean from Scotland in the 15th century lived in a clan; a clan of 40 people that over the course of their run, murdered and devoured over 1000 people. They lived in caves for over 25 years before being caught.
Two Priests attempt to remove a demon from the body of a 12 year old girl. A demon who likes walking weirdly down stairs, on ceilings and swearing... a lot. Taking place in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC, The Exorcist scared the bejesus out of so many people it was banned
The screenwriter was inspired to write his depraved tale of teenage troubles after reading a newspaper article which detailed the exorcism of a 13 year old boy in Maryland in 1949. Details of the truth are murky but the boy was said to be so violent and out of control he was moved to St. Louis where the exorcism was performed with many more priests visiting to see the event. The results of the event are unknown.
So that's the truth! Hopefully you'll be able to sleep tonight knowing that some of your favorite movies are REAL! Just stay out of Amityville and Maryland and you'll be fine. Go and check out The Possession, safe in the knowledge that this kind of shit could happen to you. Happy Labor day weekend!