THE ENFIELD POLTERGEIST SERIES REVIEW
You’ve seen hundreds of thousands of films based on the Lutz family and their Amityville Horror but you’ve probably only seen tens of dozens of haunted house films based on the Hodgson’s! This isn’t your typical paint by numbers gas station bargain bin buy 1 feature starring Rob Schneider get the second DVD free spooky film. This is a documentary. It happened on 284 Green St in Enfield, London, between 1977 and 1979. 11 and 13 year old sisters Janet and Margaret Hodgson were haunted by a spooky scary poltergeist. The following 4 episodes are now streaming on Apple TV Plus. The Enfield Poltergeist focuses on the hours of audio recorded by paranormal investigator Maurice Grosse in his quest to expose the supernatural phenomenon to the world. The documentary presents the real life audio paired with actual photos, documents, and real life reenactors who recreated the nightmare of living in a haunted house. But it’s not all true believers and the testimonies of easily influenced children. The episodes also prepare a skeptic lens for the old at heart that feel the other side is nothing but a black empty void that will spare no one. Tick tock mortal clock. Bradly, Matt, and Melina conduct a séance of their own and reach across the veil to the other side with open minds but also keep things fair and balanced with the eyes of skeptics when presented with easily dismissible evidence. Kids do some pretty crazy things for attention, Doctor Grosse. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, carry the fire of halloween into November and keep the spirits of christmas at bay with a quick binge of The Enfield Poltergeist.
DIRECTED BY: Jerry Rothwell
STARRING: Olivia Booth-Ford, Charlotte Miller, Christos Lawton, Paula Benson, Daniel Lee, Charlie Blackwood, Anna Burnett, Nikki Leigh Scott, Eugenia Caruso, Alexander Perkins, Martin Sims, Grace Evans
Bradly Martin (Screener Squad, Eye on the Prize, Breakfast Pub)
Bradly Martin was born in the united states and grew up on a healthy diet of sports, films, and books. A rather shy lad who kept to himself, Bradly soon discovered the best way to know a person was to know what people liked. Throughout the years Bradly became a fan of many things and a fanatic of none. From Doctor Dre, to Doctor Strange and the who’s who of Whos. From Playstation to the Dreamcast and Marvel to DC. From LeBron James to James Bond and Lord of the Rings to Lord Palmerston (or Pitt the Elder if you agree with Wade Boggs) and is a huge fan of dad jokes and randomly obscure Simpsons references. Armed with a vast knowledge of comics, films, and pop culture. Bradly traveled the world making friends and sharing takes. As a young man Bradly married the love of his life young and grew older every year with each new child brought into the brood. If trends continue, Scientists predict that .2% of Canada (where Bradly and family reside) will be populated by Bradly’s children by the year 2029. You can hear him leading and listening to his favorite critics on the Screener Squad and Eye on the prize and maybe even provide some comments of his own.
Matt Foster (Screener Squad)
Matt Foster is a stand up comic, podcaster, and movie critic currently living in the greater Salt Lake City area. His lifelong love of genre film began early, when he realized they freaked out his mom. He performs (epidemics permitting) regularly on Dungeons and Comedy, a DND live play with standup comedians, and is the slightly less mustache-y half of the Nighthawks Podcast, a cinema-centric discussion cohosted by Trevor T. Trujillo.
Melina Eames (Screener Squad)
Melina first discovered that she carried the nerd gene at the tender age of four following her exposure to a little film called A New Hope. In the twenty-some years that followed, Melina continued to grow into her geek identity through the discovery of Batman, Mst3k, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings and The Mandalorian. But perhaps her most significant discovery came at the age of fourteen when a night of YouTube mining led her to the review site of Spill.com. Melina became a devoted follower whose fandom did not end with the site’s demise. By then, it had worked its dark magic and left her with a love and appreciation for film criticism that she has yet to shrug.
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