The World Big Screen Premiere Event for the hit DVD "The Haunted Boy - Secret Diary of the Exorcist" by the Booth Brothers and Spooked TV will be carried on the Para X Radio Network and Para X Television LIVE Thursday, October 21, 2010, from the historic Tivoli theater in The Loop, St. Louis, Missouri. Interviews with the Booth Brothers, stars from the show, and family members of those involved with the original exorcism, plus much more!!
With that in mind, paranormal filmmakers Philip and Christopher Booth set out to make "The Haunted Boy: The Secret Diary of the Exorcist," based on the infamous, truly terrifying story of a 13-year-old boy who was allegedly possessed by the devil in St. Louis in 1949.
To delve into the gritty details, the twin filmmakers went straight to the source: tracking down an old, secret journal written by the Rev. Raymond J. Bishop, one of the priests involved in the original exorcism of the boy, who's known by the pseudonym "Robbie Mannheim."
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"There are only six copies of the real, unedited diary floating around the world," Christopher Booth told AOL News. "It's a raw, 26-page account of what really happened to that boy, and it's very intense."
So what really happened to inspire William Peter Blatty's "Exorcist" horror novel and one of the most frightening Hollywood movies of all time?
The Booth brothers said the real-life exorcism case began with a boy in Maryland who developed extremely strange behavior and markings on his chest, one of which supposedly read "St. Louis."
The twins said the boy's family took it as a sign to seek help in Missouri where they had extended family. The youngster stayed at an uncle's house, and there, as the diary reveals, the apparent possession spiraled out of control.
"It started to get really scary, with the boy screaming and growling all night, keeping the neighbors up," Philip Booth explained. "So they took him to an asylum and eventually to Alexian Brothers Hospital, where the exorcism was finally successful."
Along the way, however, the Booths said incredibly chilling things occurred.
"Fourteen signed witnesses saw the boy's bed levitate. The kid broke a priest's nose and threw five grown men off him during a failed exorcism attempt," Christopher said.
"The diary also explained how the boy would write everything the devil told him to say on his bedsheets. He even drew a map of hell," Philip added.
And the spooky stuff doesn't stop there. After going through Bishop's secret diary and deciding to make a movie about it, the Booth brothers experienced their own paranormal encounters.
Along with a team of professional ghost hunters, including St. Louis-based Paranormal Task Force leader Greg Myers, the Booths visited every single location tied to the boy's exorcism, including his bedroom.
They said they set up electronic equipment to catch any paranormal sights and sounds, and what they got back was spine-tingling.
"We got a clear EVP [electronic voice phenomena] in the boy's room that was in some other language. When we had linguists study it, they determined that it was Persian for 'I am Lord, I am master,' " Christopher said. "One of the first signs of possession is speaking in unfamiliar languages."
For their latest spooky flick, "The Haunted Boy," paranormal filmmakers Philip and Christopher Booth explored the real, untold story that inspired "The Exorcist" book and movie. Needless to say, they haven't been sleeping too well ever since.
They also spent some time tracking down the original furniture from the boy's bedroom, including the bed that allegedly levitated and a desk that is said to have moved on its own.
"To this day, the furniture is locked up at a military base in Illinois under strict guard. They wouldn't let us see it, but we interviewed the people who moved it into storage," Philip said. "It has to be some pretty powerful furniture to have it under lock and key like that."
"The Haunted Boy" will have its world premiere just days before Halloween, on Oct. 28 at Tivoli Theater in St. Louis, and the Booths are confident it'll leave viewers thoroughly freaked out.
"I still see black shadows in my room after making the movie," Christopher lamented.
The flick is also available on DVD, and -- get this -- it comes with a copy of the 26-page diary that made it all possible.
A little light reading, anyone?
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THE EXORCIST RETURNS - OCTOBER 1, 2010
The Haunted Boy, The Secret Diary of The Exorcist.
Spooked TV and The Booth Brothers as seen on SyFy - NBC-Universal are currently in St. Louis promoting their new paranormal film, The Haunted Boy, The Secret Diary of The Exorcist, which is based on the infamous, true story behind the terrifying, bestselling book and motion picture, "The Exorcist."
The filmmakers, twin brothers Christopher and Philip Booth have spent two years documenting and filming their latest film project within the actual locations in St. Louis, while using a copy of the once secret diary written by Father Raymond Bishop as reference to uncover the horrific truth.
This journal had been hidden away for over 25 years and chronicles the gritty exorcism. Along with leading local paranormal investigators, Paranormal Task Force and Dr. Michael Lynch Ph.D from Paranormal Tuesdays / Dave Glover show on board, together they delve deeper than anyone else dare , utilizing Interviews with the actual relatives of the "The Haunted Boy "and The Lead Exorcist, Father William Bowdern. Plus heart pounding ghost hunts of the actual house the exorcism took place, the horrifying asylums and the churches the boy was once kept under lock and key.
The Paranormal Activity found within these dark, decaying walls are as shocking as the truth itself found embedded amongst the eerie pages of "The Secret Diary of The Exorcist."
The film is scheduled to air on SyFy channel, NBC-Universal late November and was released October 1 on a Special Edition, Uncensored DVD.
Available at www.spookedtv.com www.thehauntedboy.com and Amazon.com nationwide.
A local big screen premiere will also be held at the historic Tivoli theatre on Oct. 28th, 2010 at 8pm in St. Louis, MO, where the original Exorcist case all began. The film will be shown along with a Q&A with the filmmakers, the Booth Brothers and Local ghost hunters, Paranormal Task Force.
Tickets are available at http://thehauntedboy2.eventbrite.com for 15 dollars which includes a copy of the diary with ticket purchase.
VIP tickets are available for 35 dollars which includes VIP seating, a copy of the diary and an autographed copy of the DVD.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 06, 2010 09:49 PM | Tags: Arts & Entertainment , Movies
Anybody interested in the paranormal ought to consider the Booth Brothers’ portfolio. For the past several years, these flamboyant twin filmmakers (Christopher and Philip) have turned themselves into virtual paranormal archaeologists, traveling to some of America’s most distressed locations to turn over rocks that may be holding down nasty supernatural secrets for documentaries like SPOOKED and CHILDREN OF THE GRAVE. They’re at it again with THE HAUNTED BOY: THE SECRET DIARY OF THE EXORCIST, which just made its DVDebut, and they provided Fango a few exclusive images.
Author William Peter Blatty wrote his classic novel THE EXORCIST with the infamous 1949 case of “possessed” child Robbie Mannheim in mind. THE HAUNTED BOY utilizes a diary kept by Raymond J. Bishop, one of the priests who was witness to the events, like a map, as it guides the Booths (who also created the fact-based feature film DEATH TUNNEL) from relatives of the priests and Robbie—who is still alive and well—to a variety of locations, from churches to the home where the symptoms first started.
“These are the real people, telling the real stories,” Philip tells Fango of the project, which took two and a half years to complete. Adds Christopher, “We were very lucky to realize that nobody has ever gone into the real house—never mind done a paranormal investigation.”
The brothers’ previous documentary THE POSSESSED touched on Robbie’s ordeal, but the brothers decided to delve deeper with THE HAUNTED BOY. “It was just too strong a subject—we thought it would hurt THE POSSESSED and that THE POSSESSED would water down the exorcist story,” Philip explains. “We thought, ‘Let’s separate the two,’ and started getting more footage, more interviews, more research—and we said, ‘Oh my God, look at this story.’ And of course, the diary came into it.”
Forensic psychiatrist Thomas Sachy got his hands on Bishop’s journal some time ago, when it was authentically and legitimately copied for him to use as professional reference material. “Chris got access to the diary from [Sachy], who uses it as an example for basically trying to judge whether something is physically wrong in somebody’s brain, as opposed to mentally,” Philip says. “When we got a copy and read that diary, we thought, ‘This really makes the original movie with Linda Blair seem pretty tame.”
Excerpts from the diary are woven throughout the documentary, though it isn’t necessarily the primary focus. THE HAUNTED BOY features a wealth of interviews, from Ouija-board victims (yes, it’s relevant here) to priests to demonologists. There are also scenes utilizing EVP in the Alexian Bros. Hospital, where Robbie’s exorcism was completed and where the diary was originally found. Exorcism aficionados will be interested to learn that several sound clips heard in the film were pulled from an “actual exorcism audio archive,” allowing viewers to hear the cries and wails recorded during various rituals. Most upsetting is learning that some of these recordings derive from the tragic “exorcism” of Anneliese Michel, whose story inspired THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE. Christopher explains that the brothers were granted access to this material by priests, but with a stipulation attached.
“We were not to play the part where they call out the devil by name,” he says, the reasoning being that the priests believed that widely broadcasting direct attention to a force of evil was an unnecessary risk—there was no need to provide such a spirt with any form of mass acknowledgement. Philip adds, “They allowed us [access] but they begged us—‘advised’ is a better word—not to play the part where they address the demon by name. We couldn’t play that, because we felt very strongly that if we were going to put it in the show, we could use the groaning and the moaning and that guttural sound—chilling. So we just said, ‘That’s a good idea—we don’t want to put on a show that promotes evil. We just want to tell the story.’ ”
The DVD includes behind-the-scenes material, featurettes, deleted scenes and other bonuses, and those who order the first 1,000 copies will also receive a copy of Bishop’s diary. Head to the film’s website to learn more at www.thehauntedboy.com
Booth is, in fact, one of the twin Booth Brothers, paranormal investigators and filmmakers behind California-based Spooked TV. Christopher Booth and his twin brother, Philip, are familiar to fans of the paranormal through their documentaries broadcast on the SyFy Channel, and bearing titles like “Children of the Grave” and “Possessed.”
The brothers have been called “rock stars of indie horror and the paranormal.” This week, they were leading a team at Rolling Hills the former County Home at East Bethany and Raymond roads. They are filming parts of a documentary about what Booth says is the true story behind one of the most famous paranormal stories of all time.
“The Exorcist” is a bestselling 1971 novel by William Blatty, about the demonic possession and exorcism of a teenage girl. The book later became what many consider the most frightening movie ever made. Blatty based the novel on a 1949 exorcism of a 14-year-old Maryland boy. “The Haunted Boy” is based on the diary allegedly kept by the Jesuit priests who performed that exorcism.
The diary is 26 pages long, and covers a four- or five-month period, Booth said. And it’s terrifying, he said. “It makes the “Exorcist” movie look like kindergarten,” Christopher Booth said Thursday.
“The boy,” he said, “was disturbed.” That nature of his disturbance whether it was a genuine case of demonic possession or psychological is among the questions explored in the documentary.
Despite the lurid nature of the tale, Booth said, his goal is neither to sensationalize nor exploit those involved in the 1949 exorcism or their families.
The brothers have interviewed the remaining survivors, and have conducted paranormal investigations at each of the sites involved in the exorcism. “This really is the truest documented retelling of what happened,” Booth said. “We want to learn the truth and we want to tell people what we found out.” Rolling Hills is a long way from St. Louis, Mo., where the 1949 exorcism took place.
The Booths were drawn to Bethany through their acquaintance with Sharon Coyle, who bought Rolling Hills at an auction last year.
Rolling Hills Asylum, Booth said, is also a convincing stand-in for the former Alexian Brothers Hospital in St. Louis. That facility was razed during the 1970s. The headmaster’s room in the old, west wing of Rolling Hills is identical to the hospital room where the 1949 exorcism took place, Booth said. On Thursday, the room was occupied by a cast-iron hospital bed original to the facility. It’s mattress is long gone, and it is mottled with rust. Actors would be playing the parts of the young boy, and the priest involved with the exorcism. The details and the haunting atmosphere of an old asylum would be difficult, and pricey, to duplicate in a studio, Booth said.
“They’re pulling them all down,” Booth said. “All the asylums and poor houses are all gone.”
“Actually, it’s amazing the shape that it’s in,” Booth said. Rolling Hills was established in 1827 as the county poorhouse, and has been much expanded over the years. It’s been the county orphanage and nursing home, and host to a succession of businesses.
For years it has also been the site of ghost hunts that continue to attract thrill-seekers, paranormal investigators and filmmakers. It was a ghost hunt that brought Coyle to Rolling Hills a few years ago. She fell in love with the facility, and jumped at the chance to purchase it at auction last year. “If I could wrap my arms around this building and give it a big old squeeze, I would,” Coyle said. “I just love it.” Coyle and her husband, Jerry, live in Huntington Beach, Calif. But Bethany, she said, reminds her of the one-stoplight town in New Hampshire where she was raised.
Coyle acknowledged that she probably cannot hope to fully restore the 11-acre property, which includes the 54,000-square-foot main facility and a handful of outbuildings and a residence. Her aim, she said, is to “arrest the decay” and promote Rolling Hills Asylum for a variety of uses beyond the paranormal. She’s full of enthusiasm and ideas — classic car shows, history tours, even weddings. Perhaps even a demonstration site for “green” energy. “It’s a beautiful property,” she said, looking south toward the hills and Genesee County Park. “I want other people to come, not just the nighttime people.”
“We have some plans, but it’s going to take a long time,” she said. “Baby steps. It’s best to do things one at a time.”
Coyle said she feels destined to have purchased Rolling Hills. She brings to the venture a dozen years of experience as a location manager in television production. She was also involved in trade-show marketing for as many years.
“Everything kind of comes together here,” Coyle said. “I feel like I’m supposed to be here, to take care of this place.”
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