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Documentary film: Children of the Grave
« on: July 04, 2020, 12:35:56 pm »
Has anyone seen this paranormal documentary film?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Children-Grave-John-Zaffis/dp/B01LP2FPW4

I think I'd put it on my watchlist believing it was a horror movie, but I decided to go ahead and watch it as I do also enjoy ghost hunting shows.  I'm interested to hear others' thoughts on it - mine are below.

Overall it was quite watchable, though the way it was edited together was a little on the 'sensationalist' side at times and it contained a certain amount of 'filler' (duplicated shots of particular photos etc - this is kind of a hallmark of this genre of TV anyway, though).  With that said, some TV of this type overuses 'recreations' using actors (a complete turn off for me) while this film kept that stuff reasonably to a minimum, which was a relief.

The film seems to try to make out that it's doing some sort of service to the memory of the orphaned children it talks about, and I'm not sure how I feel about that as after watching the whole thing I'm not sure that's entirely the case - I think there's more the makers could have done to pay more than just lip service to that aspect.

Having had a look on IMDB I've learned that this was a follow up film, and I think I may be interested enough to actually seek out the first one (Spooked The Ghosts Of Waverly Hills Sanatorium); though as I write I can only find it as an MP3 download and if that's the case then perhaps not...

If I've piqued your interest with this, I'm afraid it appears only to be available to Prime subscribers.
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Re: Documentary film: Children of the Grave
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2020, 03:02:12 pm »
Has anyone seen this paranormal documentary film?

Yes, several years ago when it came out.  Like pretty much every documentary of this genre, it's ok as entertainment, but I can't take it any more seriously than the average horror movie.

The film seems to try to make out that it's doing some sort of service to the memory of the orphaned children it talks about, and I'm not sure how I feel about that as after watching the whole thing I'm not sure that's entirely the case - I think there's more the makers could have done to pay more than just lip service to that aspect.

This does not surprise me, given the people involved. These guys don't make their money by honoring anyone's memory; they make it by exploiting the ooky, spooky factor for entertainment. 

Specifically, the Booth brothers' body of work consists of horror movies and porn.  John Gaffis is a nephew and protege of Ed and Lorraine Warren (of Amityville Horror and Conjuring fame). All of them have made their living exploiting the fear of evil/satanic/black magic/demonic activity, rather than by creating anything that substantially honors the dead.   

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