Event Recap: Ghoula Presents Amityville 3D/Haunted House Experiment
The Hale House | Image Courtesy of GHOULA

A few weekends ago I had the chance to attend Ghoula’s latest event, in partnership with The 3D Space, where guests had the chance to view an outdoor screening of AMITYVILLE 3D next to an actual haunted house located at Heritage Square Museum in Los Angeles, CA.

Upon arrival, my guest and I had the chance to check out the infamous Hale House, a beautiful Victorian structure that seemed both welcoming and mysterious. We were given the opportunity to explore the first floor with the use of a floorplan where we could notate if we saw, heard, or felt any type of paranormal activity. As someone who loves anything related to paranormal investigation, I took this on with gusto, and though I didn’t find a lot to report on, there was one spot by a staircase near the kitchen that gave me pause.

After we finished our walk-through, we found a place to set up shop for the screening. While we waited for the rest of the groups to go through the house, we were entertained by the wonderful folks at Haunted: A Stand Up/Storytelling Show. Combining humor and true accounts of the paranormal, the troupe was energetic and passionate, making it easy for the crowd to be engaged with all their stories. Speaking of which, these tales ranged from spooky mishaps to the unexplained, which only added to the creepy atmosphere we found ourselves in.

Once everyone had the chance to tour the Hale House (which I highly suggest you research if you love to learn about haunted places), The 3D Space handed out 3D glasses in order for guests to watch AMITYVILLE 3D in all its glory. Having never seen the film before, I wasn’t sure what I was in store for, but I’ll be honest, I absolutely fucking loved the movie. The film, which is directed by Richard Fleischer and stars Tony Roberts, Tess Harper, Robert Joy and a very young Lori Loughlin and Meg Ryan, centers around a reporter who moves into the notorious Long Island home to prove that there is no supernatural activity associated with the house. With this being a horror movie, things don’t go as planned, as tragedy and supernatural horrors unfold in what is considered to be America’s most haunted house. The film, which was completely shot in 3D, is a worthy entry into the Amityville franchise, and probably my favorite film from the entire series.

When the film came to a close, Richard Carradine, the president and founder of GHOULA, addressed the crowd to inform everyone of the results from their mini paranormal investigation of Hale House. Richard explained that most of the activity centered around the kitchen area and the dining room. We were then told that in a few days he would email all of the attendees an in-depth explanation of the paranormal activity that was gathered from all of our experiences. As you can see in the image below – there were quite a few clusters where people felt unusual activity and I was happy to learn that I wasn’t the only person that felt something near the kitchen. Interestingly, we also found out that there was a doll that was placed in some shrubs outside the back door of the kitchen. This was done as a secret experiment as there have never been any indications of paranormal activity in this spot. As you can see, there was quite a few dots in this location – this is important because the doll in question was actually considered to be “haunted” and was on display when GHOULA had their Mask 3D/Exhibit of Cursed Dolls show back in July. I remember standing outside waiting for my friend to come out and feeling uncomfortable but not knowing why. Some may say this is a coincidence, but I think I’m all set when it comes to haunted dolls.

Image Courtesy of GHOULA

All in all, GHOULA and The 3D Space put on an amazing event for those of us who love to explore the paranormal. It was the perfect event to kick-off Halloween and it gave all of us a chance to explore a haunted location that many of us had not heard about nor have had the chance to investigate. This, in addition to the screening of AMITYVILLE 3D, was just the right amount of spooky and was an event that was completely immersive and unlike any other screening I’ve been too. If you haven’t heard of GHOULA, or The 3D Space, I highly suggest following them on their social media channels as they have events throughout the year. As for myself, I can’t wait to see what GHOULA puts on next as I’ll be the first one in line to attend!

Shannon McGrew
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