The Indiana “portal to hell” circus continues with movie and TV deals

After international attention, media companies saw a hot topic in the events claimed to occur in Gary, Indiana. The priest has signed a movie deal and will also collaborate with Zak Bagans of Ghost Adventures.

Priest signs film deals after well-publicized exorcisms of Latoya Ammons.

The Rev. Michael Maginot has signed a deal with Evergreen Media Holdings to bring “The exorcisms of Latoya Ammons” to the big screen.

Maginot, of St. Stephen, Martyr parish in Merrillville, declined to disclose the terms of his contract with Evergreen Executive Chairman Tony DeRosa-Grund, calling it a “standard deal.” DeRosa-Grund produced “The Conjuring,” grossing $318 million worldwide.

Right there… THANKS THE CONJURING!!!! for making this scary nonsense so culturally popular. Did you know that once upon a time, the ideas of demonic possession was sort of out of favor in the U.S.? According to author Roger Clarke in “A Natural History of Ghosts“, two books catapulted the superstition back into the public interest: Aldous Huxley’s The Devils of Loudon and Blatty’s The Exorcist.

Now, we have not only movies using the devilish bits with great liberty but TV “reality” shows portraying haunted houses as full of demons. We can thank Paranormal State for that, I think. Certain people also promote this idea in culture, such as Lorraine Warren, Bob Larson and the Catholic church. We can’t just blame Hollywood for the rise of the demonic in pop culture. It’s happening right down your street. But you know what? It’s still complete nonsense.

The priest said this of the deal:

[...] he signed a contract with DeRosa-Grund because he felt the producer wouldn’t sensationalize what happened.

“The story is good as it is,” Maginot said. “You don’t need to go crazy with it.”

Actually, I’d rephrase that — the story is crazy as it is, you don’t need to keep promoting it as real. Zak will also make a documentary for the Travel Channel with Maginot.

As our tipster noted, you can BET that anything produced from the Ammons story will be given the disingenuous claim of “Based on a True Story” when the truth is the last thing anyone is apparently interested in.

Thanks, Angela!

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  2 comments for “The Indiana “portal to hell” circus continues with movie and TV deals

  1. Angela
    February 6, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    You’re very welcome. Passed along from another friend of mine that shares the sentiments. It would be nice if this could be a story that was simply shown for its inconsistencies and people would see the obvious holes. However, that’s not happening. Way too many seem to almost want this to be true so they can play their demon card. There has already been one paranormal team go to the house and stand outside to take pictures and have a ‘ghost box’ session. They remained on the sidewalk and didn’t try to trespass, but it’s an indication of how many clowns are going to join this circus.

  2. Chris Howard
    February 6, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    Hmmm, so maybe I’m not so cynical after all… no, wait. Being right doesn’t make me any less cynical. My bad. ;-)

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