By: Alec Lafontaine
After viewing the movie “Poltergeist” and reading Amelia’s blog post about the strange “curse” that seemed to be surrounding the movie, I was reminded of a YouTube video that revealed some strange coincidences that happened on the sets and after the filming of certain horror movies. The movies it examined are “Poltergeist”, “The Omen”, “The Amityville Horror”, and “The Exorcist”. These movies all share a common thematic element, a demon. In “Poltergeist” the representation of the demon is the unnamed beast, in “The Omen” it is Damien, and so on. It seems as though a story that revolves around a dark or malevolent force that is closely related to the devil causes these strange occurrences on sets and they tend to get worse the more closely related to the devil the story gets.
While some people may not be scared of anything that has to do with demons or devils because of their religious beliefs, I am terrified of them. They are the sole reason that I find ghost and haunting movies far more terrifying than any slasher film. It seems as though writing stories about these demonic forces may be allowing them to attack the ones making the film about them. It is almost as though the more you believe or find out about these spirits and the more closely related you become with them the more likely they are to attack (strangely similar to Slenderman). While curses and demons may not be your thing or even something that you believe in, heed my warning. You need to know what you are dealing with.
The special effects artist working on “The Exorcist” said it best, “…we were playing around with something that we shouldn’t have been playing around with.” If these films are creating a window that allows any sort of spirit associated with the movie to “cross-over” into our world then maybe it is a good idea to get the movie blessed by a priest before beginning filming. Or at least do something to guard against these strange happenings. So many strange things happened on the set of “The Exorcist” that they called in a priest for an exorcism of the set and he refused. There is also a chance that these strange happenings are warnings from the spirits on the other side to stop delving into something that we, as earthly beings, really know nothing about, the afterlife. While one can imagine what the afterlife is, regardless of what you believe it is, do you have any solid evidence that you are right? Maybe these coincidences are the fault of humans letting these things through and into our world where they wreak havoc on those who have written about them or dealt with them in film. Or maybe it is something trying to warn us to not get involved with anything to do with the devil or the afterlife because we are uneducated in the realms of these subjects. Or maybe they are all just coincidences, no matter how boring that sounds. That is up to you to decide.
This is the link to the video.