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Amittyville 3D/Haunted House Experiment!

by on Sep.14, 2018, under From the Web

Reposted from Ghost Hunters of Urban Los Angeles | Go to Original Post

GHOULA and 3D SPACE will be screening “AMITYVILLE 3D” (in 3D) outdoors next to an ACTUAL HAUNTED HOUSE for an evening of haunted house-themed entertainment, so

Calling all ghost-hunters, paranormal-investigators, psychics, sensitives, and those interested in possibly getting a glimpse of the “other side.” Whether you are a seasoned pro or first-timer,…

WE WANT YOU…
for our first-ever “HAUNTED HOUSE EXPERIMENT!”

The Movie: Amityville 3D (Rated PG.)
The House: The Hale House (Heritage Square Museum)
The Date: September 29 (Saturday)
The Time: Walk-thru tours start 7:00 pm (The movie starts at 8:00pm)
The Location: Heritage Square Museum
3800 Homer St, Los Angeles, CA 90031 (map)

Admission: $13.00
(Click here for tickets…)

The Movie: Amityville 3D (1983) Join us for the 35th anniversary of the only feature-length haunted house movie shot in 3D, and arguably the best entry in the Amityville series. However, it is worth noting that because of a lawsuit between the Lutz family (the one-time owners of the infamous house) and the film’s producer, and despite the use of the term 3D in the title which would imply it is the third film in the series (which it really was), Amityville 3D is technically not a sequel to other films and is supposed to be more of a stand-alone reboot with new characters. Regardless of its place in the franchise,, the novelty of three-dimensional ghosts is the real reason many aficionados feel this is an underrated classic. So, don’t miss this unique chance to see orbs of ectoplasm float off the screen, toward the audience, and into the third dimension!

The Haunted House Experiment: We are putting the ghost lore of the Hale House (pictured below) to the test. Before watching this film about the ghosts of an old haunted house, you can tour this old (haunted) house and maybe have a paranormal experience yourself. If you are (un)lucky enough to actually see/hear/feel something, we want to know about it. As a participant of our “haunted house experiment,” you will receive your own individual floor plan of said house (with a pencil), which will be used to record the location of any “activity” or “heebee-jeebees” you may experience as you walk through this house, room by room (ground floor only). Then, once you have past through all these possibly haunted spaces, please return your (hopefully marked-up) hand-out floor plan to GHOULA. Please keep your info confidential to discourage any copy-cat contamination.

Based on everyone’s goose-flesh data, “hot spots” will be determined and revealed at the end of the screening. The actual stories associated with the house’s ghost(s) will also be revealed, and compared to the collected data. Will there be one room, or area, that most people experience/feel something? If so, will that spot correspond with the known sightings in that house? Join us and find out… if you dare!

NOTE: This is not a themed “haunted attraction” with special effects and costumed actors. It is simply a walk through a haunted house to see what feelings it naturally evokes. Also, if you have “ghost-hunting” equipment/tools, you may bring them, and use them as you walk through the house, provided you do not interfere with the experience of others.

The Preshow: As if this all were not enough, the good people behind HAUNTED: A STAND UP / STORYTELLING SHOW will be providing additional entertainment as storytellers share even more haunted house tales for your macabre amusement!

Ticket link…
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/amityville-3dhaunted-house-experiment-tickets-49667400532

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Amittyville 3D/Haunted House Experiment!

by on Sep.14, 2018, under From the Web

Reposted from Ghost Hunters of Urban Los Angeles | Go to Original Post

GHOULA and 3D SPACE will be screening “AMITYVILLE 3D” (in 3D) outdoors next to an ACTUAL HAUNTED HOUSE for an evening of haunted house-themed entertainment, so

Calling all ghost-hunters, paranormal-investigators, psychics, sensitives, and those interested in possibly getting a glimpse of the “other side.” Whether you are a seasoned pro or first-timer,…

WE WANT YOU…
for our first-ever “HAUNTED HOUSE EXPERIMENT!”

The Movie: Amityville 3D (Rated PG.)
The House: The Hale House (Heritage Square Museum)
The Date: September 29 (Saturday)
The Time: Walk-thru tours start 7:00 pm (The movie starts at 8:00pm)
The Location: Heritage Square Museum
3800 Homer St, Los Angeles, CA 90031 (map)

Admission: $13.00
(Click here for tickets…)

The Movie: Amityville 3D (1983) Join us for the 35th anniversary of the only feature-length haunted house movie shot in 3D, and arguably the best entry in the Amityville series. However, it is worth noting that because of a lawsuit between the Lutz family (the one-time owners of the infamous house) and the film’s producer, and despite the use of the term 3D in the title which would imply it is the third film in the series (which it really was), Amityville 3D is technically not a sequel to other films and is supposed to be more of a stand-alone reboot with new characters. Regardless of its place in the franchise,, the novelty of three-dimensional ghosts is the real reason many aficionados feel this is an underrated classic. So, don’t miss this unique chance to see orbs of ectoplasm float off the screen, toward the audience, and into the third dimension!

The Haunted House Experiment: We are putting the ghost lore of the Hale House (pictured below) to the test. Before watching this film about the ghosts of an old haunted house, you can tour this old (haunted) house and maybe have a paranormal experience yourself. If you are (un)lucky enough to actually see/hear/feel something, we want to know about it. As a participant of our “haunted house experiment,” you will receive your own individual floor plan of said house (with a pencil), which will be used to record the location of any “activity” or “heebee-jeebees” you may experience as you walk through this house, room by room (ground floor only). Then, once you have past through all these possibly haunted spaces, please return your (hopefully marked-up) hand-out floor plan to GHOULA. Please keep your info confidential to discourage any copy-cat contamination.

Based on everyone’s goose-flesh data, “hot spots” will be determined and revealed at the end of the screening. The actual stories associated with the house’s ghost(s) will also be revealed, and compared to the collected data. Will there be one room, or area, that most people experience/feel something? If so, will that spot correspond with the known sightings in that house? Join us and find out… if you dare!

NOTE: This is not a themed “haunted attraction” with special effects and costumed actors. It is simply a walk through a haunted house to see what feelings it naturally evokes. Also, if you have “ghost-hunting” equipment/tools, you may bring them, and use them as you walk through the house, provided you do not interfere with the experience of others.

The Preshow: As if this all were not enough, the good people behind HAUNTED: A STAND UP / STORYTELLING SHOW will be providing additional entertainment as storytellers share even more haunted house tales for your macabre amusement!

Ticket link…
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/amityville-3dhaunted-house-experiment-tickets-49667400532

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Amittyville 3D/Haunted House Experiement!

by on Aug.31, 2018, under From the Web

Reposted from Ghost Hunters of Urban Los Angeles | Go to Original Post

GHOULA and The 3D Space will be screening “AMITYVILLE 3D” (in 3D) outdoors next to an ACTUAL HAUNTED HOUSE for an evening of haunted house-themed entertainment, so

Calling all ghost-hunters, paranormal-investigators, psychics, sensitives, and those interested in possibly getting a glimpse of the “other side.” Whether you are a seasoned pro or first-timer,…

WE WANT YOU…
for our first-ever “HAUNTED HOUSE EXPERIMENT!”

The Movie: Amityville 3D (Rated PG.)
The House: The Hale House (Heritage Square Museum)
The Date: September 29 (Saturday)
The Time: Walk-thru tours start 7:00 pm (The movie starts at 8:00pm)
The Location: Heritage Square Musum
3800 Homer St, Los Angeles, CA 90031 (map)

Admission: $13.00
(Click here for tickets…)

The Movie: Amityville 3D (1983) Join us for the 35th anniversary of the only feature-length haunted house movie shot in 3D, and arguably the best entry in the Amityville series. However, it is worth noting that because of a lawsuit between the Lutz family (the one-time owners of the infamous house) and the film’s producer, and despite the use of the term 3D in the title which would imply it is the third film in the series (which it really was), Amityville 3D is technically not a sequel to other films and is supposed to be more of a stand-alone reboot with new characters. Regardless of its place in the franchise,, the novelty of three-dimensional ghosts is the real reason many aficionados feel this is an underrated classic. So, don’t miss this unique chance to see orbs of ectoplasm float off the screen, toward the audience, and into the third dimension!

The Haunted House Experiment: We are putting the ghost lore of the Hale House (pictured below) to the test. Before watching this film about the ghosts of an old haunted house, you can tour this old (haunted) house and maybe have a paranormal experience yourself. If you are (un)lucky enough to actually see/hear/feel something, we want to know about it. As a participant of our “haunted house experiment,” you will receive your own individual floor plan of said house (with a pencil), which will be used to record the location of any “activity” or “heebee-jeebees” you may experience as you walk through this house, room by room (ground floor only). Then, once you have past through all these possibly haunted spaces, please return your (hopefully marked-up) hand-out floor plan to GHOULA. Please keep your info confidential to discourage any copy-cat contamination.

Based on everyone’s goose-flesh data, “hot spots” will be determined and revealed at the end of the screening. The actual stories associated with the house’s ghost(s) will also be revealed, and compared to the collected data. Will there be one room, or area, that most people experience/feel something? If so, will that spot correspond with the known sightings in that house? Join us and find out… if you dare!

NOTE: This is not a themed “haunted attraction” with special effects and costumed actors. It is simply a walk through a haunted house to see what feelings it naturally evokes. Also, if you have “ghost-hunting” equipment/tools, you may bring them, and use them as you walk through the house, provided you do not interfere with the experience of others.

The Preshow: As if this all were not enough, the good people behind HAUNTED: A STAND UP / STORYTELLING SHOW will be providing additional entertainment as storytellers share even more haunted house tales for your macabre amusement!

Ticket link…
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/amityville-3dhaunted-house-experiment-tickets-49667400532

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The Haunted Lowry House

by on Aug.22, 2018, under From the Web

Reposted from Ghost Stories and Haunted Places | Go to Original Post

Information provided by Wayne Miller



The Lowry House is a historic home in Huntsville, Alabama. It was built circa 1850 by John Tate Lowry, a merchant with the firm of Lowry, Hamilton and Company. Elements of an earlier Lowry family log house, built in 1809, that stood on the site were incorporated into the new construction.  The Historic Lowry House, a 3000 square foot Italianate-Federal style home, was purchased by Louie and Jane Tippett in 1998. After an extensive 4 year restoration process, The Lowry House was restored to its original beauty, and placed on The National Register of Historical Places.  Many ghost stories surround the home about a young bride, Anne, who people have claimed to see in the upstairs window.

People claiming to be able to detect the presence of spirits have told the current owners that one of the ghosts at the Lowry House is that of a child.  They have researched the history of the House for mention of a child having died there but found nothing. There are gaps in the history. They do know that a doctor lived there, Dr. Lowry, and that he may well have treated patients out of the House. It’s certainly possible that a child died there at some point.  Run away slaves were hidden at Lowry House at some point and it is possible that one of them was a child.


To read about the many ghost hunts and paranormal experiences at the Lowry House go to:  http://evilcheezproductions.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-face-in-window-and-shadow-behind.html 

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The Haunted Lowry House

by on Aug.22, 2018, under From the Web

Reposted from Ghost Stories and Haunted Places | Go to Original Post

Information provided by Wayne Miller



The Lowry House is a historic home in Huntsville, Alabama. It was built circa 1850 by John Tate Lowry, a merchant with the firm of Lowry, Hamilton and Company. Elements of an earlier Lowry family log house, built in 1809, that stood on the site were incorporated into the new construction.  The Historic Lowry House, a 3000 square foot Italianate-Federal style home, was purchased by Louie and Jane Tippett in 1998. After an extensive 4 year restoration process, The Lowry House was restored to its original beauty, and placed on The National Register of Historical Places.  Many ghost stories surround the home about a young bride, Anne, who people have claimed to see in the upstairs window.

People claiming to be able to detect the presence of spirits have told the current owners that one of the ghosts at the Lowry House is that of a child.  They have researched the history of the House for mention of a child having died there but found nothing. There are gaps in the history. They do know that a doctor lived there, Dr. Lowry, and that he may well have treated patients out of the House. It’s certainly possible that a child died there at some point.  Run away slaves were hidden at Lowry House at some point and it is possible that one of them was a child.


To read about the many ghost hunts and paranormal experiences at the Lowry House go to:  http://evilcheezproductions.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-face-in-window-and-shadow-behind.html 

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SPIRITS with SPIRITS (Aug 13th, 2018)

by on Aug.13, 2018, under From the Web

Reposted from Ghost Hunters of Urban Los Angeles | Go to Original Post

GHOULA meets for cocktails in haunted places on the 13th of the month. “SPIRITS with SPIRITS” is a casual social gathering of regional ghost-hunters and those that just like ghost stories. Open to all, from the curious skeptic to the passionate phantom pursuer. Make friends, and toast a ghost! Let’s put the “Boo!” back into “booze.”

All those who attend will receive a free (square) GHOULA. button. If you already have one, please wear it so others can find you, without asking the staff about our group. (i.e. IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST TIME, LOOK FOR SOMEONE WITH A GHOULA BUTTON)

THE DATE: August 13th, 2018 (Monday)
THE PLACE: The Faculty
707 N Heliotrope Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90029 (Map)
THE TIME: 8:00pm to 10:00pm

THE GHOST(S):

During a recent visit to this neighborhood bar, GHOULA discovered that the staff was unaware of (or unwilling to talk about) their haunted reputation. In decades past, the sightings were so common that even the much beloved food critic Jonathan Gold, when reviewing the then restaurant at this location, made a passing reference to the building’s resident “Hollywood ghost.”

No one seems to know for sure how many restaurants/bars have occupied this humble structure, but it appears that this address applied for a liquor license at the end of Prohibition, which would indicate bottle service going back at least to the early 1930s (and possibly illegal hospitality before that). Given the building’s long history, the ghostly young woman seen by (past) staff and patrons could realistically be anyone from any era.

That said, most believe “she” is the spirit of Nina Thoeren, the daughter of the screenwriter Robert Thoeren (who is best known for his involvement with Billy Wilder’s “Some Like it Hot”). On a warm summer night in 1960, minutes after she ended her shift at her workplace, a bookstore on Melrose, while walking to her nearby apartment, the 21 year old was raped and murdered in a car parked on Heliotrope not far from the entrance of this tavern. It is unknown if she was forced into vehicle or if she went inside on her own (maybe to get a lift home). After her killer strangled her with her own red pants, he dragged her lifeless body across the street to hide it among the piles of lumber of a then college building under construction. The perpetrator of this ghastly crime was easily and quickly caught by the authorities.

Even though, this case was sensationalized in the local papers because of the “red slacks” angle and its possible connection/similarities to the “Bouncing Ball Murders” (a string of similar murders at the time in that area involving an unidentified man that would wait for his female victims to walk past while he bounced a rubber ball), this gruesome crime is largely a forgotten piece of this neighborhood’s history. If it is remembered at all, it is because it inspired an infamous artwork (part visual/part performance) by Jean-Jacques Lebel called “Happening Funeral Ceremony of the Anti-Process” that was presented at Europe’s first “Happening” in 1960 (shortly after her death), in which attendees/guests were asked to participate in a faux funeral for a sculpture of a murdered corpse. 

Or, people (and very few now) remember this incident because her ghost still seems to linger on in the area of her murder, and isn’t that part of the reason “ghost stories” persist as well. These are spoken tales that force society to confront tragic and shameful events that civic boosters would prefer we just forget. Does this female phantom just want people to remember her? Some cultures believe that the soul dies a second time when there is no one left to tell their story.

So come out, join us, share ghost stories, toast this ghost, and remember … If you dare!

(to read about the last haunted location… )
(to see a map of previous SPIRITS with SPIRITS locations… )

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SPIRITS with SPIRITS (Aug 13th, 2018)

by on Aug.13, 2018, under From the Web

Reposted from Ghost Hunters of Urban Los Angeles | Go to Original Post

GHOULA meets for cocktails in haunted places on the 13th of the month. “SPIRITS with SPIRITS” is a casual social gathering of regional ghost-hunters and those that just like ghost stories. Open to all, from the curious skeptic to the passionate phantom pursuer. Make friends, and toast a ghost! Let’s put the “Boo!” back into “booze.”

All those who attend will receive a free (square) GHOULA. button. If you already have one, please wear it so others can find you, without asking the staff about our group. (i.e. IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST TIME, LOOK FOR SOMEONE WITH A GHOULA BUTTON)

THE DATE: August 13th, 2018 (Monday)
THE PLACE: The Faculty
707 N Heliotrope Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90029 (Map)
THE TIME: 8:00pm to 10:00pm

THE GHOST(S):

During a recent visit to this neighborhood bar, GHOULA discovered that the staff was unaware of (or unwilling to talk about) their haunted reputation. In decades past, the sightings were so common that even the much beloved food critic Jonathan Gold, when reviewing the then restaurant at this location, made a passing reference to the building’s resident “Hollywood ghost.”

No one seems to know for sure how many restaurants/bars have occupied this humble structure, but it appears that this address applied for a liquor license at the end of Prohibition, which would indicate bottle service going back at least to the early 1930s (and possibly illegal hospitality before that). Given the building’s long history, the ghostly young woman seen by (past) staff and patrons could realistically be anyone from any era.

That said, most believe “she” is the spirit of Nina Thoeren, the daughter of the screenwriter Robert Thoeren (who is best known for his involvement with Billy Wilder’s “Some Like it Hot”). On a warm summer night in 1960, minutes after she ended her shift at her workplace, a bookstore on Melrose, while walking to her nearby apartment, the 21 year old was raped and murdered in a car parked on Heliotrope not far from the entrance of this tavern. It is unknown if she was forced into vehicle or if she went inside on her own (maybe to get a lift home). After her killer strangled her with her own red pants, he dragged her lifeless body across the street to hide it among the piles of lumber of a then college building under construction. The perpetrator of this ghastly crime was easily and quickly caught by the authorities.

Even though, this case was sensationalized in the local papers because of the “red slacks” angle and its possible connection/similarities to the “Bouncing Ball Murders” (a string of similar murders at the time in that area involving an unidentified man that would wait for his female victims to walk past while he bounced a rubber ball), this gruesome crime is largely a forgotten piece of this neighborhood’s history. If it is remembered at all, it is because it inspired an infamous artwork (part visual/part performance) by Jean-Jacques Lebel called “Happening Funeral Ceremony of the Anti-Process” that was presented at Europe’s first “Happening” in 1960 (shortly after her death), in which attendees/guests were asked to participate in a faux funeral for a sculpture of a murdered corpse. 

Or, people (and very few now) remember this incident because her ghost still seems to linger on in the area of her murder, and isn’t that part of the reason “ghost stories” persist as well. These are spoken tales that force society to confront tragic and shameful events that civic boosters would prefer we just forget. Does this female phantom just want people to remember her? Some cultures believe that the soul dies a second time when there is no one left to tell their story.

So come out, join us, share ghost stories, toast this ghost, and remember … If you dare!

(to read about the last haunted location… )
(to see a map of previous SPIRITS with SPIRITS locations… )

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Haunted Red Line Tour (Summer Edition)

by on Aug.02, 2018, under From the Web

Reposted from Ghost Hunters of Urban Los Angeles | Go to Original Post

Yes, that’s ghost stories combined with riding public transit. What could be scarier? Is there a better way to explore the haunted history of Los Angeles than by traveling underground from location to location via our very own (dead) Red Line Metro Subway?

We will meet-up at Union Station (the starting point for the Red Line) and then travel through 13 stops to the North Hollywood Station (at the end of the line), getting off and on along the way. In addition to Union Station and the North Hollywood Station, we will stop at few other stations, step off the train, rise to street-level, and discuss the ghosts and haunted sites visible from that spot before going back aboard to the next stop on our tour.

Come out and hear spooky tales about a spirit solider, a vanishing padre, and a ghostly car. As well as many other phantom figures from our past that haunt our present.
(see a review of this tour here…)

When: August 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
(Every Sunday in August.)

Time: Tour starts at 6 pm (tour is about 3 hours)

Meeting Place: The palm tree-lined island in front of Union Station’s main entrance.
800 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (map)

Price: FREE (donation-based) tour

Note: you will need a Metro Pass ($7 for “Day Pass” + $1 for a “Tap Card”)
Please purchase the Metro Pass (not a “Metrolink” ticket) before the meet-up to save time. The machines can be confusing, so look for metro day fare and not “add fare.”

Your Guide: CONNOR BRIGHT

This paranormal historian has traveled the globe, working alongside experts in the field as well as film and television crews. She calls Los Angeles her home and the spirits of the city her friends. With her former partner she founded “What’s Your Ghost Story?” an online community for people to share paranormal experiences and seek answers from experts. Connor has also worked with Los Angeles Hauntings Ghost Tours, guiding people through LA’s haunted histories. It was through LA Hauntings that Connor met Richard Carradine of GHOULA when they collaborated on the Haunted Houdini Tour of Los Angeles. Connor looks forward to being your host on this year’s GHOULA Red Line Metro Tour!



Parking: Since everyone participating in the tour will need a Metro Day Pass to ride the subway, it is advisable to park at one of the pay lots ($3.00) provided by the Metro at either the North Hollywood Station (our end point) or the Universal City Station (or any of the other lots on connecting Metro lines), and then just take the Subway to Union Station to meet-up with the group The lots around Union Station are expensive and they may close early. Free street parking is available around the North Hollywood station, but please read posted signs concerning parking regulations.

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Haunted Red Line Tour (Summer Edition)

by on Aug.02, 2018, under From the Web

Reposted from Ghost Hunters of Urban Los Angeles | Go to Original Post

Yes, that’s ghost stories combined with riding public transit. What could be scarier? Is there a better way to explore the haunted history of Los Angeles than by traveling underground from location to location via our very own (dead) Red Line Metro Subway?

We will meet-up at Union Station (the starting point for the Red Line) and then travel through 13 stops to the North Hollywood Station (at the end of the line), getting off and on along the way. In addition to Union Station and the North Hollywood Station, we will stop at few other stations, step off the train, rise to street-level, and discuss the ghosts and haunted sites visible from that spot before going back aboard to the next stop on our tour.

Come out and hear spooky tales about a spirit solider, a vanishing padre, and a ghostly car. As well as many other phantom figures from our past that haunt our present.
(see a review of this tour here…)

When: August 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
(Every Sunday in August.)

Time: Tour starts at 6 pm (tour is about 3 hours)

Meeting Place: The palm tree-lined island in front of Union Station’s main entrance.
800 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (map)

Price: FREE (donation-based) tour

Note: you will need a Metro Pass ($7 for “Day Pass” + $1 for a “Tap Card”)
Please purchase the Metro Pass (not a “Metrolink” ticket) before the meet-up to save time. The machines can be confusing, so look for metro day fare and not “add fare.”

Your Guide: CONNOR BRIGHT

This paranormal historian has traveled the globe, working alongside experts in the field as well as film and television crews. She calls Los Angeles her home and the spirits of the city her friends. With her former partner she founded “What’s Your Ghost Story?” an online community for people to share paranormal experiences and seek answers from experts. Connor has also worked with Los Angeles Hauntings Ghost Tours, guiding people through LA’s haunted histories. It was through LA Hauntings that Connor met Richard Carradine of GHOULA when they collaborated on the Haunted Houdini Tour of Los Angeles. Connor looks forward to being your host on this year’s GHOULA Red Line Metro Tour!



Parking: Since everyone participating in the tour will need a Metro Day Pass to ride the subway, it is advisable to park at one of the pay lots ($3.00) provided by the Metro at either the North Hollywood Station (our end point) or the Universal City Station (or any of the other lots on connecting Metro lines), and then just take the Subway to Union Station to meet-up with the group The lots around Union Station are expensive and they may close early. Free street parking is available around the North Hollywood station, but please read posted signs concerning parking regulations.

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Visiting Pazuzu: A look a the demon from the Exorcist

by on Jul.26, 2018, under From the Web

Reposted from Ghost Stories and Haunted Places | Go to Original Post

One of the most impressive attractions at The University of Chicago is the Oriental Institute.  This museum features a sizeable exhibition on Assyrian and Babylonian art and history.  As I walked through this lovely museum, I was surprised to see the small statue seen in the photo above.  As a fan of the movie The Exorcist, I recognized this figure immediately.   It was Pazuzu and the plaque beneath read “Pazuzu; 1st Century BC Protective Deity”.   This seemed very contrary to what I had seen of Pazuzu in the Exorcist so I decided to spend some time exploring who Pazuzu was in mythology and history.
In the movie, The Exorcist, based on the book of same name by William Blatty, Pazuzu is the primary antagonist.  At the beginning of the movie, the primary priest and exorcist is seen standing face to face with a giant statue of Pazuzu. This foreshadows the battle that is to come.  Pazuzu is the demon that the two exorcists fight.  He is the demon that possesses a little girl and the final battle is a show down for the girl’s soul.
Of course, the use of Pazuzu specifically is a bit anachronistic.  The English word demon is a translation from the Greek daemon and in Greek this meant spirit.  It didn’t have the negative or Satanic connotation most modern Western, Christian based cultures give the word.  Pazuzu was a demon in the ancient sense of the word rather than the modern sense.  He was a spirit and a god from the 1st century BC and was popular in Assyrian and Babylonian culture.  He appeared in The Epic of Gilgamesh.  He is the god of the underworld and brother to Humbaba.  He controlled the west wind, storms, and locusts.  He was a destructive force but ancient Assyrians would often offer prayers to him as he could also offer protection.  He was terrifying but most gods were in this time.  He was often a protector as well and he was commonly invoked to protect against Lamashtu, a goddess who stole children.  Although he could be helpful, Pazuzu was feared so the statue I saw at the museum was more typical of how he would be represented.  He was so feared that a statue the size of the one seen The Exorcist would have been improbably as the people believed that a statue that large might invoke him and bring his wrath as well.
Although, Pazuzu is terrifying and his image is disturbing.  His use in the exorcist was not true to his mythological representation in Assyrian culture.   Perhaps they should have used a Christian demon instead.  They are more true to the Catholic based spirit of the movie.  After all, the imaged in the movie were more based on our Western fears.

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