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FURY OF THE DEMON – THE MOST DANGEROUS MOVIE OF ALL TIME?

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ORIGINATOR OF SPECIAL EFFECTS, GEORGE MELIES  DIRECT THIS FILM? OR IS THE ANSWER TO THIS QUESTION MUCH MORE SINISTER?

NOPE. THE ANSWER IS THAT THE FILM IS A FAKE!
IT’S A “MOCKUMENTARY”
Admittedly, I was fooled by this one. Ironically, it’s the film that inspired me to create this site. What caused me to go back and take another look at it?  Well, an alert lady, Jen H. and accomplished Fortean, from the U.K. contacted me, through this site, with some very insightful comments and valid questions that got my wheels a- turning.

After some serious Google diving, I came to the realization that most of the events and people in the video didn’t happen, or didn’t exist.
The Wikipedia reference below quickly resolved the whole question.

A shout out to Ms. Jen H. for putting me on the right track and an apology to all my other visitors for letting them slip a fast one past me.
(Post revised 5/1/2020)

WIKIPEDIA
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A great trailer and blurb sets the stage to make it easy to suspend belief and buy into the premise it’s a authentic documentary.

“A documentary investigation that traces violent riots said to be caused by a rare and dangerous lost 19th century silent film named La Rage Du Demon” (Fury of the Demon,) which was allegedly created by the Father of Cinema, Georges Melies. Through conversations with filmmakers, producers, journalists, historians and psychologists, this documentary slowly uncovers the truth about the most cursed and disturbing movie ever made.”
Kanopy Streaming Service Review

If, what they say is true in this video, then this film is “THE MOST DANGEROUS MOVIE OF ALL TIME.” As the sub-title of this 2019, French documentary claims. WELL IT’S NOT!

IT’S NEW RATING: A Fake Charley.
The second one to be awarded on this site.

Once again the venerable Charles Fort dons his fake nose and glasses and delivers the final verdict.

WHERE TO SEE THIS “MOCKUMENTARY:”
WATCH IT FREE ON KANOPY
This is a FREE streaming service named Kanopy, available though many libraries in the U.S. All you need is a library card, and you can view it on any device. If you want to see it on your flat screen T.V.
you will need a Roku device.
Kanopy
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WATCH IT FREE ON TUBI TV:
You’ll need an account and you will have to deal with commercials.
If you have Roku, you can  easily add the channel.
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UPDATE: This video is now available on Amazon.
FREE TO PRIME MEMBERS
Non-Members: Rent in HD: $2.99
Buy in HD: $9.99. But its a fake is it worth it?
Good movie for Halloween I suppose, and an excellent example of the “mockumentary” genera.
( I brought it for my video collection. Dang those Tricksters!) CONFOUNDED 1
If you want to see my review of another other “Mockumentary”
here it is.
(They didn’t fool me with this one.)
WAS THE MOON LANDING FAKED? OR WAS THE DOCUMENTARY?

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THE BRAY ROAD BEAST

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“In the early 1990’s a rural Wisconsin community called Elkhorn was at the center of a series of real-life werewolf sightings. As a local reporter, Linda Godfrey, began her investigation into the “Beast of Bray Road,” and other reports from around the county. For the subsequent three decades, the Beast of Bray Road has been the most infamous Wisconsin resident there is.”
BLURB FROM AMAZON PRIME

The Official “Beast of Bray Road” Trailer

RATING:  5 Charley’s.
Any video with Seth Breedlove’s name attached to it is a must watch. This particular video, more so. It includes first-hand, reputable eye-witness testimony of what people believe to be a “Werewolf.”

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Linda Godfrey was a reporter at the time in 1992 when the Beast of Bray road made its’ ominous appearance in Elkhorn WI. Here, Godfrey showcases her first article about the local “Werewolf.”

Featured in the video is Linda Godfrey, investigator and author. Godfrey is the original reporter who broke the Bray Beast story, plus other paranormal events in Elkhorn WI., including animal mutilations and UFO sightings. Mind you all of these events and terrifying encounters are just the tip of the iceberg in this well produced piece of Fortean gold.

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Paranormal Investigator Jay Bachochin of Elkhorn, agrees with Godfrey that Wisconsin has long been a hot-spot of paranormal activity.

Still the question remains, why is this four and half mile long lonely country road subject to reoccurring visits from a “Werewolf?”

Paranormal Investigator Jay Bachochin, along with Linda Godfrey recounts descriptions of the Beast as told to them by eye-witnesses.

WHERE TO SEE IT:
AMAZON PRIMEFREE IF YOU’RE A MEMBER
If not, $2.99 to rent, $8.99 to buy.

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Artist’s concept of an encounter of the Beast reported by a Mother and her daughter. The “Werewolf” ran across Bray road right in front of their car.  The creature was pursuing  a deer.

REFERENCES:
Was This Wisconsin Town Terrorized by a Werewolf?
Inside Edition YouTube Channel – Eyewitness interviews.
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Lee Hampel, farms a 47 acre tract of hay, adjacent to Bray road. He had so much unusual activity on his property, that he installed trail cams for added security.

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One of Hampel’s cameras caught a mysterious grey mist hovering over a deer carcass. When he went to check for footprints, the deer was gone.
TRAILCAM UFO
A  trail cam catches a “trespasser” hurtling over Hampel’s field. Obviously not a plane or a helicopter. What was it?

Small Town Monsters YouTube Channel
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Small Town Monsters is an independent film series that explores lost and bizarre history around the United States.Best of all, the channel features his first two “On the Trail” series FOR FREE.
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On the Trail of Bigfoot
Watch all eight episodes: FREE ON YOUTUBE.

Official “On the Trail of Bigfoot” promo clip.
Directed and told from the perspective of Seth Breedlove, “On the Trail of… Bigfoot” was filmed across the United States during 2018. In scope, it’s one of the most ambitious projects Small Town Monsters has ever attempted.
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On the Trail of Champ the Monster in Lake Champlain 
Watch all five episodes: FREE ON YOUTUBE.

Official “On the Trail of Champ” promo clip.
This series explores the fascinating history of Lake Champlain, from its natural history to the history of human beings living by the lake as well as a detailed look into the origins of Lake Champlain monster sightings in the past few hundred years. Included are theories about the monster as presented by the foremost “Champ” Investigators.
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GET THE BOOK THAT STARTED IT ALL:
The Beast of Bray Road: Trailing Wisconsin’s Werewolf
By Linda S. Godfrey
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The original account of the 1992 bombshell news story that revealed reports of werewolf-like creatures in southeast Wisconsin.  Godfrey provides plenty of evidence to think about, with sightings of related creatures, Native American connections, historic lore and a keen-eyed look at possible explanations. Once fully digested, this book may induce readers everywhere to keep a more careful eye out as they travel lonely country roads after dark.
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Interested in more “Werewolves and Dog Men?”
See my review of  Hunting the Hound of Cold Hollow
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HUNT FOR THE SKINWALKER

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Hundreds of reports of phenomena at Skinwalker Ranch have made it one of the most famous paranormal hot spots in the world. Previously unreleased footage and interviews from the scientific study piece together what could be happening there.
Blurb from Amazon Prime

OFFICIAL TRAILER

RATING: 2 Charley’s
I was much disappointed in this over-hyped supposed Fortean Buffet. Viewers are promised never before seen footage, so I expected much more in the way of paranormal footage then what the show delivered. Actually it delivered very little if any at all.

The Director, Jeremy Corbell’s ominous introductory voice-over state’s “The largest scientific study in history, of a paranormal hot spot there are more questions than answers.” My question is, where are the results of this ground breaking study and why are they not in this documentary?

Plus a tip of the hat to Rod Serling for his “land of both shadows and substance” quote would have been nice.

The show is based on the 2005 book, Hunt for the Skinwalker co-authored by Colm A. Kelleher, Ph.d and George Knapp, who are both prominently featured in the film. Basically what they do is wander around the Ranch and verbalize accounts that were reported in the book. The book has many more in-depth details about these accounts.

The interviews with former National Institute of Discovery Sciences (N.I.D.S) are interesting, but they all speak in very broad terms, not specifics. Where is all the hard data they keep referring to?

The very few interviews with local UTE tribal members, who witness on-going UFO activity and have experienced both physical effects and emotional trauma are the highlights of video.

Over all, I think the video is too long. Granted the scenic shots are beautiful, but couple them with long shots of cars and trucks passing by, it gets a bit tedious. I saw little need for the campfires scenes featured throughout the video.

Especially the last one where one of the participants was the popular singer Robbie Williams. Where did he come from and why are the cameras capturing these precious, beer buddy drinking, “Gee-whiz, Kumbaya moments?  Shouldn’t these valuable cameras be trained on some of the many paranormal hot-spots on the ranch to see what they might capture?

Furthermore, we all know what grisly images the mind brings up when the subject of cattle mutilations come up. This is one segment of the film where the director could have used way less footage. A quick far away, establishing still shot was all the viewers needed to see here. Instead, the camera lingers over several unfortunate victims of these heinous acts. With one close-up after another pointing out the extent of the mutilations.

Then, we are treated to footage of N.I.D.S investigators further hacking away at the corpses. This hacking also looks pretty random here. Shouldn’t a Forensic specialist been consulted here? Pretty brutal footage overall.

Perhaps a warning slate,  before these cuts (No pun intended here.) of VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED would have helped. Honestly, do we need to see a mutilated cow’s ear skatey-eight dozen times?

Unfortunately the only way to see this video, if you want to see it, is to buy it. No free pass here even to Amazon Prime members. Overall, I think the book tells a better and a more believable story about the Skinwalker ranch, although there are discrepancies throughout it as well.

THE PRINCIPLE PLAYERS

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WHO IS THIS GUY?

The Rancher in this photo (48:00 minutes in) is not identified in the video. In fact, if you blink, you’ll miss it.  So whose picture is this? And why is the former owner’s family name, whoever they may be, never mentioned anywhere in this video?

In the book, Hunt for the Skinwalker the owners of the ranch were identified as Tom and Ellen Gorman. And the book was dedicated to the Gorman family for “their extraordinary courage.”
Hense the Gorman ranch.  Also in the book, the exact location of the ranch is shrouded in secrecy. Now the former owners are identified as Terry and Gwen Sherman. Their names appear in two places. One, in the History Channel’s promo for their new Skinwalker Ranch series:
HOW THE SKINWALKER RANCH BECAME A HOT BED OF PARANORMAL ACTIVITY
The History Channel.
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And two, www.skinwalkerranch.org this site, though an .org, it seems to be hosted by Ryan Skinner. His .com is pointed to the .org. Skinner is the author of several books on the Skinwalker ranch and they are all on sale on the site. This site was also being used to raise money for Skinner to make a documentary on the ranch.
The Gofundme page has since been deactivated and no longer taking donations.  Overall, I found the site to pretty accurate and informative. I can’t speak for the books, because I never read any.
For the Sherman citation, see under
“Timeline: History of the Ranch – 1994.”

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GEORGE KNAPP
Is an American television investigative journalist, news anchor, and talk radio host. Knapp has been recognized with Edward R. Murrow Awards, Peabody Awards, and between 6 and 24regional Emmy Awards depending on the source. Knapp also shared in a 2008 Peabody Award. He co-wrote the book this video was based on, Hunt for the Skin Walker with Colm A. Kelleher, Ph.D
Wikipedia
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ROBERT THOMAS BIGELOW
Is an American businessman. He owns the hotel chain Budget Suites of America and is the founder of Bigelow Aerospace. In 1995, Bigelow founded the National Institute for Discovery Science (N.I.D.S.) to research and advance study of various fringe sciences and paranormal topics, most notably ufology.
Bigelow purchased the Skinwalker ranch in 1996 for $200,000 and turned into an exclusive “Paranormal Laboratory” for N.I.D.S personnel. The results of their investigations was published in in the 2005 book, Hunt for the Skinwalker. The institute was disbanded in 2004.
Wikipedia
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COLM A. KELLEHER, Ph.D

Is a senior research scientist with a twenty-year career in cell and molecular biology. Following his PhD in biochemistry from the University of Dublin, Trinity College in 1983, Dr. Kelleher worked at Canada’s flagship Ontario Cancer Institute, the Terry Fox Laboratory at the British Columbia Cancer Research Center in Vancouver and the National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine in Denver. More recently, Dr. Kelleher served as Research Director for Bigelow Aerospace in Las Vegas and as administrator for one of its subsidiaries, Space Sciences, Inc.

Dr. Kelleher also acted as team leader and project manager for the National Institute for Discovery Science (N.I.D.S.). Currently, Dr. Kelleher is the Director of Labs for a biotechnology firm in San Francisco. He has authored 38 peer reviewed publications in molecular biology, immunology, biochemistry and virology. He co-wrote the book this video was based on the book, Hunt for the Skin Walker with George Knapp, Investigative Journalist.
Skinwalker.org
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Dr. John B. Alexander, N.I.D.S. Consultant
Is a retired United States Army colonel. An infantry officer for much of his career, he is best known as a leading advocate for the development of non-lethal weapons and of military applications of the paranormal. He has written and lectured on the reality of UFOs. He characterizes his career as having “evolved from hard-core mercenary to thanatologist“. Alexander figures prominently in journalist Jon Ronson’s book The Men Who Stare at Goats (2004), and its related Channel 4 documentaries, which examine the subject of New Age ideas influencing the U.S. military.
Wikipedia
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ERIC DAVIS
Dr. Eric Davis, N.I.D.S. Physicist
Now Co-founder, Chief Scientist and Chief Compliance Officer of the Space Excess Corporation. In 1996-2002, he was the Director of Aerospace/Astro Physics at N.I.D.S./Bigelow Aerospace Company, and was a contractor to Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies in 2008-2014. In 2002-2005, he was an advanced concepts contractor to the Air Force Research Lab at Edwards AFB, CA.
About Space Excess:
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About Dr. Eric Davis
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REFERENCES:

HISTORYTHE SECRET OF SKINWALKER RANCH
See a preview of the History Channel’s new series.
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Read Skeptic Jason Colavito’s review of the new
History Channel series:

Jason Colavito is an author and editor based in Albany, NY.  He is internationally recognized by scholars, literary theorists, and scientists for his pioneering work exploring the connections between science, pseudoscience, and speculative fiction. His investigations examine the way human beings create and employ the supernatural to alter and understand our reality and our world.
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Read Colavito’s in-depth review of Episode One;
(Caution, lead sentence contains a washing-your-mouth-out-with-soap word.)
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MORE ABOUT JASON COLAVITO:
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BOOKS
(For when Amazon ends its embargo on delivering books.)
HUNT FOR THE SKINWALKER
by Colm A. Kelleher Ph.D. and  George Knapp
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The author of the controversial bestseller Brain Trust brings his scientific expertise to the chilling true story of unexplained phenomena on Utah’s Skinwalker Ranch — and challenges us with a new vision of reality.

For more than fifty years, the bizarre events at a remote Utah ranch have ranged from the perplexing to the wholly terrifying. Vanishing and mutilated cattle. Unidentified Flying Objects. The appearance of huge, otherworldly creatures. Invisible objects emitting magnetic fields with the power to spark a cattle stampede. Flying orbs of light with dazzling maneuverability and lethal consequences. For one family, life on the Skinwalker Ranch had become a life under siege by an unknown enemy or enemies. Nothing else could explain the horrors that surrounded them — perhaps science could.
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THE CULT OF ALIEN GODS:
H. P. Lovecraft and Extraterrestrial Pop Culture
by Jason Colavito
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Many Americans believe that so-called ancient astronauts (visitors from outer space) were responsible for historical wonders like the pyramids. This entertaining and informative book traces the origins of such beliefs to the work of horror writer H. P. Lovecraft (1890–1937).

The author takes the reader through fifty years of pop culture and pseudoscience highlighting such influential figures and developments as Erich von Däniken (Chariots of the Gods), Graham Hancock (Fingerprints of the Gods), Zecharia Sitchin (Twelfth Planet), and the Raelian Revolution.

The astounding and improbable connections among these various characters are revealed, along with the disturbing consequences of Lovecraft’s “little joke” for modern science and public knowledge.
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