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Poltergeist drama sees actors spooked


Posted on Saturday, 2 May, 2015 | Comment icon 15 comments

In some instances 11-year-old Janet seemed to become 'possessed' by an unknown force. Image Credit: sxc.hu
Actors working on a series about the Enfield poltergeist have reported strange occurrences on the set.
As one of the most compelling and chilling accounts of paranormal activity ever recorded, the case of the Enfield poltergeist remains shrouded in mystery and intrigue even to this day.

The phenomena started in August 1977 when single mother-of-four Peggy Hodgson called the police to report a series of strange disturbances at her home in Enfield, England. One of the visiting police officers reported witnessing a chair moving by itself across the floor but was unable to determine how it had happened.

As time went by the peculiar incidents occurring at the house escalated from items of furniture being shaken and moved to objects being thrown, loud knocking sounds and - most terrifyingly of all - the alleged levitation of 11-year-old Janet, one of Hodgon's four children.

Notable researcher Maurice Grosse from the Society for Psychical Research spent significant amounts of time observing and recording the poltergeist activity at the house.

To this day his files remain some of the most intriguing accounts of a haunting ever documented.
Over the years the case has inspired numerous books and documentaries as new generations of researchers have struggled to conclusively explain what took place more than 35 years ago.

The latest TV series to cover the case is The Enfield Haunting, a drama based on Guy Lyon Playfair's book This House is Haunted: The True Story of the Enfield Poltergeist.

Oscar-nominated actor Timothy Spall who, having been selected to play the role of Grosse, spent time listening to the original recordings that his namesake made of Janet speaking in a strange demonic voice. He later admitted that the experience had left him a little shaken.

The subject matter of the series also left several members of the production team a bit spooked, especially when items of equipment started to mysteriously stop working on set.

"Every time our photographer came on set his camera broke," said executive producer Jamie Campbell. "It annoyed him, but terrified the rest of us."

A trailer for the series, which airs on the Sky Living channel in the UK, can be viewed below.


Source: Daily Record | Comments (15)


Tags: Enfield Poltergeist, Haunting, Ghost


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #6 Posted by Duck33 on 3 May, 2015, 7:05
Yup, I see the marketing team are in full swing.
Comment icon #7 Posted by xxxdemonxxx on 3 May, 2015, 18:26
I remember seeing a photo claiming of the levitation. Turned out to be the girl just jumping off the bed and having the photo snapped in mid-air. Then when sequencing the photos together, it depicts the exact movements of the kid in motion, from the jump to the landing. This made me believe the family were just looking for attention. Utter hogwash, and the dailymail, even then, tried their hardest to bring attention to it. Faking anything they needed too.
Comment icon #8 Posted by aquatus1 on 3 May, 2015, 22:59
Just like telling scary stories around a campfire. The human mind is quite susceptible to environmental cues, and doesn't know a poltergeist from a flapping sheet from an actual predator hiding in the long grass. Put anyone to work in a field about aliens, ghosts, or monsters, and you will start to get reports of weird occurrences. It's part and parcel of the human psyche.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Robert1 on 4 May, 2015, 14:23
All this sounds like a lot of publicity for the show.
Comment icon #10 Posted by She-ra on 4 May, 2015, 15:16
Just like telling scary stories around a campfire. The human mind is quite susceptible to environmental cues, and doesn't know a poltergeist from a flapping sheet from an actual predator hiding in the long grass. Put anyone to work in a field about aliens, ghosts, or monsters, and you will start to get reports of weird occurrences. It's part and parcel of the human psyche. ^^ this makes the most sense to me. Could be a marketing ploy mixed with this.
Comment icon #11 Posted by maximusnow on 4 May, 2015, 15:16
BOO! Did I get any of you? hugh? yah! Didnt expect that, I waited til it was real quiet then - hahahahaha!
Comment icon #12 Posted by AlphaOmega1306 on 6 May, 2015, 7:58
Hard to believe ghost stories, but throw actors and and a up coming film? Can't believe it.
Comment icon #13 Posted by tcgram on 6 May, 2015, 9:17
Hard to believe ghost stories, but throw actors and and a up coming film? Can't believe it. I think nowadays they will make a film out of almost anything.
Comment icon #14 Posted by DefenceMinisterMishkin on 6 May, 2015, 9:22
Cool, I like me some Timothy Spall..
Comment icon #15 Posted by Nucular on 7 May, 2015, 12:15
As ghost stories go, a faulty camera isn't the scariest I've heard. I was really looking forward to this drama - the Enfield poltergeist story used to terrify me, and remains intriguing and mysterious - but I was disappointed. Amazing actors (especially the girl playing Janet), creepy, atmospheric, very well produced and ed etc.; but it feels as though they squandered an opportunity to delve beneath the 'standard' version of the story, opting instead for a sort of Exorcist-meets-Poltergeist film without nuance in its approach to the claimed events. Many of the events portrayed were either huge... [More]


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