In 1973, the Smurl household moved right into a double-block home in West Pittston, Pennsylvania, pondering they’d discovered the house of their goals. Quickly after transferring in, they started experiencing unexplained phenomena like mirrors shaking on the partitions and furnishings transferring throughout the room by itself. Finally, the weirdness calmed down, however years later, it returned with a vengeance. Unusual, loud noises with no supply would happen, odd smells would randomly spike all through the house, and the household canine was allegedly thrown into the wall.
The household tried to fight the occasions with prayer and enjoying spiritual music all through the home, however nothing appeared to alter. The Smurls had been satisfied that their home was not simply haunted however tormented by a demon. To make issues worse, the household claimed that the demon pushed one in all their youngsters down a flight of stairs and that they had been bodily and sexually attacked by the entity. After the Catholic church didn’t exorcise the demon, the Smurls seemed towards the Warrens for help, and would ultimately co-author a e book with them concerning the hauntings.
In 1991, this story was changed into a two-hour made-for-TV film directed by Robert Mandel (“College Ties,” “The Substitute,” “The X-Recordsdata”) starring Jeffrey DeMunn and Sally Kirkland, who acquired a Golden Globe nomination for her efficiency. The movie was additionally nominated for Excellent Cinematography for a Restricted Collection or Film on the Primetime Emmy Awards, an indication that this was no extraordinary made-for-TV film. Quite than attempt to replicate the identical horror vitality of a function movie, “The Haunted” captures that very same candy spot of thrills occupied by the recreations of “Unsolved Mysteries.”
For what it is value, after the Smurls left the house, the brand new occupant has but to report something supernatural.