The Black Monk of Pontefract Movie

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  1. sherbetbizarre

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    Here's an old poltergeist story some of you may remember, now turned into a low-budget movie...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Black_ ... Pontefract

    Here's an interview with the director...

    http://www.screendaily.com/home/blogs/h ... 59.article

    I'm not sure about his line... "It is recognised as the worst case of poltergeist haunting in European history..." :?

    Review of the film -
    http://www.viewsedge.com/2012/08/when-l ... l?spref=tw

    More on the how the real story began -
    http://www.worldofghosts.co.uk/about3790.html

    And the trailer -
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubHxqTcqGfA

     
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    Another interview with the director:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/stephen ... 52202.html
     
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    Cheers, and I hear it features in the new issue of FT too...
     
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    There's an interview with the filmmakers. It sounds more interesting than a lot of the "based on a true story" horrors around recently.
     
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    All this movie exposure has set off the Poltergeist again, says the Daily Star!

    http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/view/27 ... -Went-Out/

    :lol:
     
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    Rented this from Lovefilm last week. It's not bad, they nail the Britain in the 70s atmosphere well (it's very brown and everyone smokes, all the time). A good cast and good performances, good effects, yet it falls just short of being a classic.

    I think the main problem was it just wasn't very scary. Even a coward like me didn't find it that shocking. To be fair, the producers don't really go in for the cheesy sudden action or loud noise bits that pass for a lot of modern horror.

    Worth a watch if you like British ghost things, one of the better polt movies I've seen. Just don't expect to have to hide behind the sofa much.
     
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    i enjoyed it, the fashion on display may have been the scariest thing about the movie but it had some nice "JUMP" moments and at my age i am glad of anything that will give me a jump.
    I liked the way it was played low key until the final confrontation, where it got a bit "hollywood" and i liked the humour. A nicely made movie all round really.
     
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    I can't find a thread about the actual case so will put this here. I was talking to a psychic medium earlier this week who was asked to help with research, not sure if it was for this film or later ghost hunting type stuff, and he talked to a neighbour of the family at the time who said the house on East Drive wasn't the house that was haunted, the council house was just where they moved to to escape from the ghost. The actual house where the haunting occurred was an older property nearby and was apparently very spooky and empty and boarded up for years.
     
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    That's quite interesting as I've not heard that before, (or I've forgotten it), time to dig out Colin Wilson's Poltergeist. Just a quick look around the net, particularly the owner Bill Bungay's site there is no mention of this and I've not heard the legendary fierce psychic neighbor Carol mention it.

    Of course there is a financial motive for not saying it was the original house. As Bungay does tours and Carol is often interviewed.

    If you want a lol - crying with laughter take on the BMofP check out the Parapod. episode one and then a later episode when the presenters actually go and visit. Hilarious if you never heard it before. It's on Itunes, Soundcloud, etc.

    http://www.theparapod.com/episode-1-launches/ .


    Just realized I don't have the Wilson book anymore. Can someone who has it see what Wilson said about the subject?
     
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    Jus bought Wilson's book again this time on Kindle and he is clear that the activity started at 30 East Drive in August 1966. He did interview the witnesses and i think his account is the definitive one.
     
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    I've not read round the case, there were local people at the meeting who commented on the boarded up house as being spooky and no children dared to go there, they all seemed to accept the story. Maybe it is a case of two different stories from the past merging.
     
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    I think you've nailed it.

    It's an interesting case in the fact that it had so little press coverage compared to Enfield and yet the activity was much stranger.

    I reckon even locals wouldn't have known all the details.
     

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