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Exclusive: Zak Bagans Makes a Grave Investment in Latoya Ammons’ Haunted Home

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Exclusive: Zak Bagans Makes a Grave Investment in Latoya Ammons' Haunted HomeOn his show “Ghost Adventures” for Travel Channel, Zak Bagans and his cohorts Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin visit, literally, some of the scariest places on Earth. Now Bagans actually owns one of them. Read on for details.

Before we get into all that, a little back story. Recently Gary, Indiana, resident Latoya Ammons reported that both she and her three children had been possessed by demons. Immediately the Department of Child Services stepped in to investigate.

As per Huffington Post:

Over the course of investigations that included police questioning, hospital visits and psychiatric evaluations, several authorities confirmed there was something unusual about the Ammons’ case.

Twenty years, and I’ve never heard anything like that in my life. I was scared myself when I walked into the room,” said Dr. Geoffrey Onyeukwu, the family physician who evaluated Ammons and her three children. He spoke with the Indianapolis Star about his “bizarre” encounters with the Ammons [family]. The family came in complaining of ‘demon possession,‘ which they said involved hearing voices, seeing wet footprints in their house where no one had walked and even levitation at one point. Ammons consulted with local churches and clairvoyants, saying she had poured olive oil on her children’s hands and feet at the recommendation of one church.

In most cases, a doctor would likely diagnose this as “hallucinations” and “delusions,” and that’s exactly what Onyeukwu did… at first. According to a Department of Child Services report, however, medical staff at the physician’s office said they witnessed one of the children being lifted and thrown against the wall without anyone touching him. The report also includes many accounts from both mother and children stating they had been attacked by ghosts and visited by spirits in the night. Ammons’ two sons exhibited violent behavior as well that involved “growling,” choking one another and head-butting their grandmother. The report noted that the boys had acted out violently in public, “but especially with the mother present.

Nonetheless, the case reached its tipping point when, according to hospital personnel that apparently witnessed the act, one of the sons “walked up the wall backwards” and “flipped over and landed on his feet.” The children were thereafter removed from their mother’s care. The family eventually moved (and the children were returned to their mother), and the owner of the supposedly “possessed” house reported no other tenants had complained. But police captain Charles Austin, who visited the family during investigations, told the Indianapolis Star the experience had converted him into “a believer” in ghosts and demons.

Despite debate over the validity of the claims, Father Mike Maginot — the priest who performed numerous exorcisms on Ammons — stuck by his story in an interview with Bill O’Reilly this week, noting that what he saw was “something unworldly.

Me and my mother and my children, we almost lost our lives,” Ammons told Inside Edition, calling the experience “horrible.

“I know it was infested with demons. I know that for a fact,” she said. “I spoke to a good friend of mine, he was clairvoyant. He’s in New York. He explained to me what was going on in the house. And if I knew what I was up against, I would run and drop everything.”

And drop everything she did. She fled the home and hasn’t looked back. Check out the videos below from various sites detailing the events including the aforementioned O’Reilly interview.

“Ghost Adventures” star Zak Bagans caught wind of the horrifying tale and made an offer to purchase the home for $35,000… the owner was all too willing to sell. Zak tells TMZ that he’s going to live there and document his experience.

If it’s true this home is a portal to hell, then I want to go there and see what happens,” said Bagans to the site, who also managed to track down the official Child Protective Services report documenting the Ammons case (read it here).

Zak has been a longtime friend and supporter of Dread Central so we reached out to him to get an exclusive official statement.

“I heard about the case from the media, and at first I thought it was just another exorcism in the headline story until I started researching all about all of the different people who witnessed the exorcism,” Bagans tell us exclusively. “From there I started researching the files on the case and what all these different people witnessed. All the different testimonies really caught my eye. I’m a full-time paranormal investigator; it’s my job to pay attention to this. I dove deeper into the story and have come to the conclusion that whatever happened, it was a powerful moment. From there I got put into communication with Marissa Kwiatkowski of the Indianapolis Star, who reported the original story. After speaking with her, I was able to speak with Father Mike Maginot, who performed the exorcism, as well as Police Captain Charles Austin.”

Bagans continues, “From there I got in touch with the landlord, and being a die-hard, passionate investigator in this field, I had to see if I could get that house. The reason why I wanted the house is because Austin literally referred to it as a ‘portal to hell,’ and he gave me his reasons why he called it that. Frankly, he thought it was all a bunch of bullshit until he experienced what he did with his other officers. I made an offer to buy the house, and it was sold to me. It’s kind of weird… as if it were meant to happen. I want to go and spend some time there… do research… conduct my own investigations. I want to see for myself whether or not this stuff is valid. I need to look into the history of the home to see if there’s any residual activity or residual energy left over there from whatever events transpired on that property.

“Right now this is one of the biggest stories to hit the media regarding the paranormal, demons, and exorcisms,” Bagans says before hopping off the phone for some new adventure. “I knew that somehow I had to be involved. Now that I own the house, I’m gonna go there to document everything. To see if I can find some answers to all the questions that are now lingering. My goal in life is to get answers from the spiritual side of our existence. It’s fascinating that sometimes these fights between good and evil happen during exorcisms. Weird things have happened in that home… I want to see if they will replicate themselves once I am there. If crazy shit does start happening to me, then so be it… this is what I do.”

Below you’ll find a police photo of the home. It’s kind of hard to ignore what appears to be an apparition in one of the windows. Spooky stuff. Tell us what you think below.

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Check Out the Opening 2 Minutes of Another WolfCop

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It was just earlier today that we brought you guys The Dude Design’s the newest poster for writer-director Lowell Dean’s horror-comedy sequel Another WolfCop.

And now we have the movie’s opening 2 minutes!

The clip showcases the new flick’s villain trying to sell us on his “Chicken Milk Beer” before losing his cool and taking it out the commercial’s crew. We then cut to a ragtag group of criminals, dressed as homeless Santas trying to outrun the cops.

A fun two-minutes if you ask me!

You can check out Another WolfCop‘s opening scene below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on social media!

The film is written and directed by Lowell Dean, produced by Bernie Hernando, Deborah Marks, and Hugh Patterson, and distributed worldwide by Cineplex.

Another WolfCop co-stars Amy Matysio, Jonathan Cherry, and Serena Miller. The film also features special appearances from Canadian music icon Gowan and legendary filmmaker Kevin Smith. It was executive produced by Sean Buckley, J. Joly, Bill Marks, Brian Wideen, Michael Kennedy, and Michael Hirsch.

The film is slated for a wide Cineplex theatrical release on Friday, December 8, 2017, with the film seeing a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital home entertainment release through A71 and Black Fawn in 2018.

Synopsis:

A month has passed since the eclipse transformed hard-drinking Officer Lou Garou into the crime-fighting hellion WolfCop. Although the Shape Shifters controlling the town have been extinguished, Woodhaven is far from returning to normal. Lou’s liquor-fueled antics and full moon outbursts are seriously testing his relationship with Officer Tina Walsh – the new Chief of Police. An old friend has mysteriously reappeared with a truly bizarre secret to share, and a homicidal new villain has emerged from the shadows looking to finish what the Shape Shifters started. To defeat this lethal adversary, it will take more than a lone wolf packing a pistol.

Prepare for the next chapter of WolfCop that will be more dirty and hairy than the original! Consider yourself warned.

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The Axiom Review – A Stylish and Clever Slice of Independent Horror

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Starring Hattie Smith, Zac Titus, Nicole Dambro

Directed by Nicholas Woods


The Axiom is an ambitious, well directed, impressively acted and stunningly shot independent horror film that has just a few, teensy little flaws holding it back from greatness (and therefore will have to settle for just being really, really good, instead).

The first thing you realize when watching The Axiom is that this is a beautiful film. Everything is framed and shot in a lush and stylish manner, but one which is always tonally appropriate for the scene.

The second thing you’ll notice, and keep noticing as the film plays out, is that the movie really struck gold with this cast. Not only is there a total lack of the sort of stilted and unnatural acting seen in countless other microbudget horror affairs, but the performances are genuinely fantastic across the board. The main characters are believably chill and relatably normal in the early scenes, and the acting remains just as impressive once things start getting a bit more… intense. It’s not often that an independent horror film has so many good performances that it makes it hard to pick the movie’s acting VIP, but that is undeniably the case here. Taylor Flowers delivers what is probably the showiest performance (and does it very well, indeed), but the entire cast really is quite good.

The central premise of the film is both interesting and original, and touches upon the real life fact (given some recent attention in the ‘Missing 411’ books and documentary) that a lot more people sure seem to go missing out in the woods than seems reasonable, while simultaneously weaving all sorts of folklore, fairy tales and urban legends into the mix. It’s also clever in the way that it very naturally reveals aspects to the relationships between characters that serve to later – or sometimes retroactively – explain some of the more questionable decisions they make or attitudes they display. While that may sound like screenwriting 101, it’s surprising how many films fail to do this. The Axiom rewards the viewer’s attention in other ways as well, with many aspects of the movie that initially feel odd or unnatural receiving reasonable explanations (within the context of the movie) by the end. It’s not quite as challenging (or as rewarding) in this regard as, say, something like Session 9, but it does add a nice layer of complexity to the storytelling.

The film’s score, by Leo Kaliski, is also quite good. There may be a moment here or there where the music hits an overly familiar beat, but overall it not only fits the movie’s tone, but does quite a bit to help set that tone as well.

The only thing that I don’t feel the movie quite pulls off – and I’m trying to be vague here, because I feel like the less you know going into this film, the better – is some of the makeup effects work. The gore stuff is very well executed, but some of the other stuff feels like it was crafted with the intention of shooting it in a more… stylized manner. Instead, filmed as it is here, the result is sometimes less than impressive and can fail to make the impact that the movie seems to be implying that it should. And while some of what the makeup effects lack in execution is made up for with the ingenuity and creativity of their design, it’s still a bit of a shame when they don’t quite pull them off because, aside from a few niggles that I have with the writing, the effects are the only aspect of the film that occasionally fails to live up to the high level of technical proficiency that The Axiom otherwise demonstrates.

ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS:

  • Man, the acting in this movie is really good. The dialogue may stumble once or twice, but these actors always sell it anyway.
  • Give back Mia Sara’s DNA, Hattie Smith!
  • If you’re going to put your female lead in shorts this small, I hope you’re not sensitive to viewers unleashing a nonstop parade of “Has anyone seen my pants / OH GOD WHERE ARE MY PANTS!” jokes.
  • “You just pop this here ‘Blair Witch Stick Person / Anarchy sign’ sticker up on that there windshield of yours, and them park rangers? Well – heh heh – they won’t bother you none, no sir.” Hmmmmm…
  • The film really is shot amazingly well – better than a lot of mainstream releases. Cinematographer Sten Olson has a real future ahead of him.
  • As does writer / director Nicholas Woods, for that matter. Any director who can get this level of quality out of their cast and crew on their first ever film is someone to keep an eye on.
  • “I’ll make a run for it and get help,” says the female lead, and I’m like “Yeah, let her go – she has no pants to weigh her down.”
  • The gore effects in the movie are both realized and utilized very well.
  • Welcome back to horror movies, “I’ll be right back” dialogue spoken unironically by and/or to ill-fated characters.
  • The Axiom
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Summary

In the end, The Axiom is a solid and entertaining flick that manages to wring a level of quality and originality out of the somewhat tired “Don’t Go in the Woods” horror subgenre not seen since 2012’s Cabin in the Woods. The cinematography and acting are hugely impressive, it features a nice, unnerving score, the premise is original and captivating, and the whole thing moves at a nice pace that helps keep the film’s flaws from dragging it down.

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Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation – First Trailer and Artwork!

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As a fan of flicks like Mad Monster Party, I was surprisingly pleased with the last two Hotel Transylvania affairs. For my money you can put the classic monsters in just about anything, and I’ll watch it happily, and these animated features feel like a natural progression of the 1967 Rankin and Bass classic. Which is why I’m looking forward to Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, and if you are too, check out the film’s new trailer and poster.

Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, who co-wrote the film with Michael McCullers, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation features the voices of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spade, Keegan-Michael Key, and Mel Brooks.

Look for it in theaters on July 13, 2018.

Synopsis:
In Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, join our favorite monster family as they embark on a vacation on a luxury monster cruise ship so Drac can take a summer vacation from providing everyone else’s vacation at the hotel. It’s smooth sailing for Drac’s Pack as the monsters indulge in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to exotic excursions, and catching up on their moon tans.

But the dream vacation turns into a nightmare when Mavis realizes Drac has fallen for the mysterious captain of the ship, Ericka, who hides a dangerous secret that could destroy all of monsterkind.

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