The new horror documentary(?) The Castle Project: Denver’s Haunted Mansion hits DVD and VOD today, and on tap right now are a new clip and trailer for the flick, which looks like a startlingly good time.
According to the filmmakers, this isn’t based on a true story: It IS the true story. It’s a documentary about Denver’s historic Croke-Patterson Mansion, which has a long history of hauntings. The film is directed by and stars filmmaker Brian Higgins and his crew, who purchased the home for renovation but soon began to experience unexplainable phenomena. From there a documentary was born, and Cinema Libre is making sure everyone can see it.
From the Press Release
Would you buy a haunted house if it came on the market? Despite a colorful history involving Satanism, death, eerie noises and ghostly sightings, architect Brian Higgins and business partner Travis McAfoos were compelled to purchase the 19th century Croke-Patterson Mansion in Denver, Colorado. The Castle Project: Colorado’s Haunted Mansion is their odyssey into the paranormal as they renovate the stately brick mansion into a bed & breakfast. The documentary film will be available on DVD and VOD platforms on October 1, 2013, just in time for Halloween!
The building’s most notable haunting activity occurred during the 1970’s when the dwelling was undergoing renovations to convert it into office space, which some believed to have disturbed the spirits. After completing a day’s work, the construction crews would return the following day to find everything from the day before undone. After several such instances the contractor purchased a pair of Doberman Pinschers as guard dogs. Soon after, the workers arrived to find the dogs lying dead on the sidewalk after jumping from a closed third floor window.
It wasn’t long into the more modern renovations that architect Higgins’ crew started to notice some odd occurrences, and he picked up a camera, resulting in his directorial debut. “Once I had read all the stories on the Internet of the Croke-Patterson Mansion, I realized that somebody needed to make a movie about this. It seems like every past owner I came in contact with had a story to tell. Could there possibly be any truth to these stories?” asks director Higgins.
At the outset Higgins sets up a camera doubtful of discovering anything. After the discovery of a dead, mutilated cat followed by workers who claim to have seen ghostly apparitions, he moves into one of the upstairs bedrooms by his lonesome while the camera records. Soon bats are appearing from nowhere and he hears whispering voices through the halls. And then there’s an unexplained fire. Is the house really haunted?
Architectural clues and artifacts found within the walls and foundations allude to a very “otherworldly” blueprint, and soon paranormal and spiritual experts are brought in to investigate.
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