First I want to say that I like Sam Rami, so I'm not attempting to have a 'dig' at what I'm expecting to be a great bit of camp-horror in the tradition of 'Drag me to hell' and 'The evil dead'.
Anyway, for those people who haven't turned their TV's on recently so might have missed the huge pre-release campaign for this movie, here is the IMDB page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0431021/
Now it's a well trodden path to claim that horror movies are inspired by 'real events' or based on a 'true story' and I always wonder if there is any grain of truth in those claims or if it's just a "Blair Witch Project" type internet campaign.
Now if you scroll down the IMDB page, you'll see the FAQ asks: "Is this movie based on a true story?"
The answer is apparently YES. "Yes. It is based on the true story of the Dybbuk Box, a wine cabinet which is said to be haunted by a dybbuk. It had belonged to a Polish Holocaust survivor named Havela, who had escaped to Spain and purchased it there before emigrating to the United States. (etc)"
So, if you dig a little further you'll find a post from IMDB user: the-j129
entitled: "The Ebay listing that started it all"
Where he simply has the following link: http://web.archive.o...eBay_dibbuk.htm
So do a little digging into the supposed buyer and seller. I'll be back in a bit
Seems to fit?
Lets have a look at his feedback from Feb 2004: http://feedback.ebay...&mPg=25&page=18
Nothing seems to fit there for item 3701347648. Nothing from the supposed seller, eBay user: spasmolytic
Well there it is, correct item number 3701347648, user no longer registered: 1443503@deleted "Hand delivered the next day. The Dibbuk Box was in perfect shape. AA++"
So assuming that this user was ID: spasmolytic then was de-registered at least the auction seems to have been genuine but the seller didn't trade much on eBay after this transaction.
Here's his ID page: http://feedback.ebay...lFeedback&rt=nc
There are a couple of other avenues of investigation.
I'm not saying I believe any of this, but at least it doesn't seem to be a totally invented publicity campaign and that makes me wonder why not make up a better version using this idea as the basis?
Anyway, I thought you lot might enjoy a story so I've spent a couple hours on it already. If you like it you know where the button is
Then I might try and dig a little deeper.
Makes a change from my usual heavy serious discussions in the politics sections anyway!
“The greatest ignorance is to reject something you know nothing about”
Posted 29 August 2012 - 03:00 PM
Wheres my post where I said that this is going to be over hyped and we going to have new *members* coming in saying the same story except it happened to "them".
Also there is a movie, which I link that was made by the crew twilight about man who works at a construction yard and he finds a box with a mirror inside (i think it had a rocking horse) and brings it home and his daughter gets "haunted".
Edited by Brian Topp, 29 August 2012 - 03:00 PM.
Warning: I am a skeptic,
Please do not ask me about Oujia Boards, Mrs Cake, Orb photos, Pictures of a ghost which your friend took with his cell, Ghost Radars, Mrs Cake and Franks box/Spirit Box.
Rock on Atlantia, I love it when someone digs into the source material behind a story... Well done
It's just a bit of fun. I like proper horror movies. So this looks right up my alley. I'm not a fan of the whole recent blood and guts 'Saw' type movies and the like, I prefer them to be about demons and the paranormal.
I've sent a message through eBay to the buyer of the box in the auction to ask if they wish to confirm if it IS the box that inspired the movie and if they could confirm any unusual happenings etc?
I'll of course let you know if they reply, but I guess I'm not going to be the only person messaging them
Dybbuk (In Yiddish: דיבוק from Hebrew adhere or cling) is a malicious or malevolent possessing spirit believed to be the dislocated soul of a dead person