Demon House is the 2018 documentary film by Ghost Adventures own Zak Bagans. It centers around a piece of property Zak ends up buying with a history of demonic possession and paranormal entities, all of which seems like a recipe for a new episode of Ghost Adventures.
And while a lot of this documentary has similar elements to the TV show as well as recurring characters, it surprised me with some legitimately believable material. It starts out pretty shaky but expected with some corny Zak Bagans narrating, dramatic camera shots, and some cheesy reenactments, but it was sprinkled with some stand out moments.
First off the cinematography was pretty great. Aside from some over dramatized shots the movie gave you some pretty unsettling feelings in certain shots. Being in the supposedly haunted house left you feeling uneasy and even had the feeling of being watched at times. The acting was pretty hit or miss, sometimes it seemed genuine and believable and other times it didn’t. Again, pretty on par with the show.
It’s in the films last 45 mins or so when it really separates itself from Ghost Adventures. Much like most ghost movies it starts to pick up towards the final act, but with this being a non traditional ghost horror, it affects you more. Towards the end of the movie, mainly the last half hour to fifteen minutes, I found myself still as a statue as I reached the conclusion. With some believable reactions from the cast to some very atmosphere heavy moments it really nails the unsettling and even disturbing feeling of being in a house such as this.
Demon House was a fun watch all in all. Similar to the show it’ll divide the audience, mainly whether or not you believe in what’s happening here. As someone interested in the paranormal I found it to be very interesting, and while many parts of the movie was overdramatized and staged, it’s pretty hard to deny the entertainment Zak brings to the table. I’m feeling a 6/10 on this film.