Immediately after that, he heard of the house in Gary, Indiana, where Latoya Ammons and her family claim to have experienced all sorts of haunted-house phenomena. Bagans bought the place sight unseen, and got his crew together to go investigate.
The following documentary may not be suitable for all audiences. This film shows real people, places and events involving alleged demonic possession. Demonologists believe that demons can attach themselves to you through other people, objects, and electronic devices.
Ilic claimed to have felt her pinky going numb after touching a sticky substance she found in the house. That same liquid was allegedly found dripping from the venetian blinds in one of the bedrooms; however, no one could see where it was building. They cleaned it off the blinders to find the fluid dripping again.
The Demon House has turned into such a pop culture phenomenon that Zak Bagans, the investigator from TV Ghost Adventures, purchased the house to film his documentary The Demon House. There has been no release date as of yet, but Bagans did demolish the house in 2016. It looks like someone is spooked out.
Zak Bagans destroyed that house for one reason; After his movie he knew there would be other visitors and investigators who would come along and prove he is just another fraud looking to make a buck exploiting peoples fears who know no better.
With his new paranormal documentary out now in US theaters and on VOD and Digital HD platforms from Freestyle Digital Media, I caught up with Ghost Adventures extraordinaire Zak Bagans to talk about owning the Demon House. Continue reading to learn more about Bagans' experiences inside the Indiana home known as the "Portal to Hell," including what made it the "Holy Grail investigation," his decision to demolish the house so it couldn't hurt anyone else, and how it still lingers with him today.
When the story came out, all the Hollywood companies were going crazy trying to secure the rights to the family to make a big movie. I just wanted to be there and I literally bought the house over the phone. I arrived two weeks later completely unprepared.
Zak Bagans: When I first walked in, I walked down into the basement and I started getting this feeling of anxiety and whatnot. But to me, that wasn't strong enough to tell me that something was going on. It really wasn't until I let a previous tenant come inside with her three children, when this really shook me and my crew up and took this into an entirely new direction. When she went downstairs and something hit her in the leg, I watched that moment. I saw her knee buckle. And the way that her demeanor changed immediately thereafter, it was a weird vibe in that house. It was like, "Something is really not good." And when I got a call a couple days later and something happened to her daughter and some of my crew quit because of that, that's when I didn't know how to handle that. I didn't know what to do.
But that was the first moment that I actually had that shockwave of, "Wow. What is the coincidence of this happening two days after she left my house?" And hearing the things that this little girl did, it scared me, and for a moment I felt responsible for allowing them into the house. But I warned the mother, who was persistent to go inside. And she was more concerned with just going and showing her kids the room where she grew up in. That was the whole thing. The other thing really wasn't on her mind at all, believing, "Wow, there is truth to this."
This house was different in that it seems to have physically affected most people who visited, including yourself. Are other people still feeling the effects of this? Is it getting better or is it something you feel you'll be with for the rest of your life?
Zak Bagans: It's like the house was a disease, a contagious disease. We all got exposed to it. Some people cleared it up longer, some people cured it, some people didn't. It caused some of these professional people to move out of the state after they experienced what they experienced. I'm still dealing with this affliction of my eyes, which have permanent double vision and crossing. I'm wearing prism glasses still. I refused surgery in both my eyes. They've ruled out neurological conditions. They can't explain why this happened right after I spent time in the house. They can't explain why Dr. Taff had organs shut down. When you start seeing this and actually being a part of it and feeling it, then you become a little submissive to it.
And I hate to say that part of me is attracted to the edge of this chaos and danger. I like flirting with it to feel this, but the affliction I endured from the house was caused by whatever unseen forces are in the house. Look what it did to everybody else and look at the timing of what it did. So am I still being affected? Yes, absolutely. And I was nervous for this week. There's a weird part of this house that stays with you, and it feels like they're listening to you. Whenever I talk about it, things happen and I was worried about this week if anything would happen. Things like that go through my mind, but I can't be submissive and worried, then it'll just make it worse, but I think it may have inspired me to move into a different house and turn it into an old cathedral church, that's for sure. But at the same token, I have kept a few pieces of the house and want to keep them as mementos for what I went through.
But it's also, "How far am I going to step on that edge before I fall over or somebody else falls over?" And it was real close during this investigation, especially with this young girl. But again, I wouldn't take it back at all. I will always remember it and I wanted to destroy it so nobody else can be in there anymore. I bought the house and I could do whatever I wanted with it. I could've made a bunch more shows off it or Demon House 2 or tours. But I didn't. I destroyed it and that's the way that it is. That was my decision and I owned the house, so I'll never forget the experience.
You're right that other people totally would've kept the house open for tours. Along those lines, having demolished the home, you mentioned something at the end of the doc about people still trespassing and things like that. Do you feel like the place is safe now that it's been demolished?
Zak Bagans: I believe that the police uncovered some artifacts that were buried four feet in the dirt, and Father Mike Maginot concluded that some living person did some form of a ritual in the basement to unleash these entities in that house. I thought by destroying what man created in that soil and in the home was at least a first attempt to believing that this was a net, that entering into this home was a cobweb and you were getting entangled in it by walking inside of it, and it would unleash this illness on you. That's my belief and that's the measure that I took to take my first step in trying to destroy this. Everybody's gonna have their own beliefs just like everybody has their own beliefs in religion. So, "Why didn't you do this? Why didn't you do that?" This is what I did and this is a decision that came to me from others and what I experienced. So, I'm not going do everything right in anybody else's eyes all the time, but I believe the house being destroyed will prevent further people from getting hurt.
Zak Bagans blocked me on twitter because i kept tweeting that the reason he went blind during the filming of this movie was that he jacked off in the demon house while the cameras were off. Highly recommend this movie
- Claiming to have suffered permanent eye damage as a result of witnessing a demon (the camera happened to be out of focus at the time) that necessitates him wearing what sound like Milhouse type glasses, but cruelly never modeling them for us.
Demon House is a "documentary" several years in the making now by producer/writer/director/star Zak Bagans, known as the force behind the Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures, as well as other shows. The film investigates into a prominent case of reported possession that occurred in Gary, Indiana in 2014. Bagans purchased the house outright and began working on the film, despite some various supposed issues such as widespread illness/affliction in himself and the crew, as well as some competing permissions to the story by another producer looking to make a film about it.
The house rose to fame in 2012 ... after a mother who lived there reported her 12-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son had been possessed. Shockingly, there are even docs from child protective services that back up her claims.
She also said she saw her son walking on their ceiling ... an account corroborated by several other witnesses. The mother did everything she could to de-demonize the house -- including building an altar and hiring an exorcist -- but nothing worked and she eventually moved.
Being in that particular environment, it created a nest for dark energy. And whether or not demons were attracted to that, that was the real focus of the investigation. But the house did have some unusual things to it, like when the police found these artifacts buried four feet in the dirt. Then Father Mike Magino began theorizing or concluding some form of ritual had taken place there to literally open up a doorway to something dark. A human person had some form of knowledge, some form of training or practice in this dark veil of religion or beliefs to open up this house or this family to a curse.
Bagans purchased the Gary, Indiana home in 2014. The house on Carolina Street gained its reputation as a site of sinister activity after the Ammons family, who resided there from November 2011 to May 2012, reported inexplicable and increasingly frightening phenomena.
Coming off of awards fare like Precious and The Butler (and non-awards fare like The Paperboy) it looks like director Lee Daniels is about to mix it up a bit in the genre world with Demon House. The film will be based on real-life the experiences of Latoya Ammons, who claims that her family was the victim of a demonic possession for over two years. 041b061a72