It could be grossly misconstrued that all horror subjects/ films/ stories are all the same, as if lumped into one large generic category: If it causes a sense of fear and it relinquishes a reaction of terror or ‘scare’, than it falls under the category of a horror film. ‘Slasher’ films, terror, creature/ alien and paranormal, demonic possession and that of evil unknown all ride under the big banner with the word “horror” plastered on its moniker. Period. As what has been the perceptions made by the general consensus or moral- majority groups, it is unfair to conveniently mash all of the themes under one title for all, since each theme brings its own lore that differentiates itself from the other. On the other hand, there are those that understand the mechanics and reasons to what makes any particular subject of terror more effective than another.
POSSESSION AS A FILM TOPIC: FACT VERSUS EMBELISHMENT:
Let me make one thing perfectly clear before we continue: no one film has ever stayed true to complete factual- based storytelling in the history of filmmaking, unless it falls into the format of a documentary. Based on that statement, it can be agreed upon that even the most factually- based film couldn’t be told without some degree of Hollywood embellishment served along for good measure. With that established, the topic of evil manifestation, based on true events, can be further discussed.
Let’s begin with director William Friedkin’s THE EXORCIST, for example. The film was based off of the book of the same name by author William Peter Blatty released in 1971. Blatty took inspiration for his best-selling novel when he came across the fact- based story that occurred in Cottage City, Maryland involving a 13 year old boy in 1949.
|Fr. Walter Halloran|
|Actress Linda Blair: THE EXORCIST|
|Mug-shot of Ronald De Feo|
|George & Kathy Lutz|
|Ed & Lorraine Warren|
|The Arnold Estate|
|(l) Lorraine Warren & (r) Director James Wan|
THE CONJURING 2: THE TRUE STORY OF THE ENFIELD POLTERGEIST:
|(l) Janet, Billy (c) Peggy, Johnny (r) Margaret|
THE CONJURING 2: THE FILM
|(l) Patrick Wilson (r) Vera Farmiga as the Warrens|
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