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WILLIAM FRIEDKIN’S THE DEVIL AND FATHER AMORTH

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Over 40 years after the release of the “The Exorcist,” Director William Friedkin meets the Vatican’s “Dean of Exorcists,” Father Gabriele Amorth, and receives permission to film his ninth attempt to exorcise a woman named Christina.
Amazon Prime’s Blurb.

OFFICIAL TRAILER

ITS RATING:  5 Charley’s.
Now, I’m not a lightweight when it comes to horror movies. But “The Exorcist” scared the Heebie-Jeebies out of me. So much so, that I have only seen the film once, and that was on the big screen way back in 1973 when it premiered.

The movie was based on the book, with the same title by the late William Peter Blattey. He also wrote the screenplay for the movie. The book in turn, was based on an actual exorcism.

All of this backstory is covered in great detail by William Friedkin, who also serves as the host and cameraman as he delves into the world of demonic possessions. He was invited by the late Father Amorth to film Christina’s 9th exorcism. Friedkin’s hand-held, point-of-view camera work gives the audience a front row seat to the turbulent ritual. It is revealed during this cleansing that the Demon who possess Christina is not just some run-of-the-mill, low level tormentor, but Satan himself!

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Several Deacons, much bigger and heavier than Christina
struggled to restrain her during the ritual. That’s
Christina’s mother looking on in the background, praying
along with a room full of family members and friends.

Friedkin then takes his astonishing footage and consults numerous medical and religious authorities to get their professional take as to Christina’s claim of possession and use of exorcism to help heal  people with this diagnosis.  Their learned opinions will surprise you. Couple that with Friedkin’s and his Production Assistant’s later chilling encounter with Christina and her boyfriend in a church will make this one documentary you won’t soon forget.

WHERE TO SEE IT:
AMAZON PRIME

Unfortunately, the only way to see this documentary is to rent it for $3.99, or buy it for $12.99, even if you are a Prime member.

 REFERENCES:
A quick search on Amazon Prime will turn up at least a dozen other exorcism themed documentaries. For a starting point, please see my earlier review of: Return of the Exorcists

Then visit this site to find out more of the Catholic Church’s latest
news on exorcisms:
The Catholic News Agency:
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(For when Amazon ends its embargo on delivering books.)
BREAKING NEWS: (3/27/2020)
Published posthumously, Father Amorth’s (With Marcello Stanzione) last book;
The Devil is Afraid of Me
The Life and Work of the World’s Most Famous Exorcist
was released today.
“For more than 30 years, the Italian priest literally battled the devil by performing more than 60,000 exorcisms. Angelologist Fr. Marcello Stanzione reveals fascinating details of Fr. Amorth’s career—details that have never before appeared in print.”

RSN Religious News Service

An Exorcist Explains the Demonic
The Antics of Satan and His Army of Fallen Angels

by Fr. Gabriele Amorth, Stefano Stimamiglio – editor, et al.
An international best seller.

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RETURN OF THE EXORCISTS

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Explore the heart of good versus demonic evil in this documentary. Guided by Theology Scholar, Father Francis Tiso, this eye-opening film takes you through the Catholic Churches’ startling mobilization to combat malevolent evil in Italy. It features actual footage of disturbing possessions and the unsettling exorcisms performed by the churches most experienced exorcists.
Amazon Prime’s Blurb.

RETURN OF THE EXORCISTS

 RATING: 5 Charley’s.
Hardly a week goes by when there isn’t an article posted on a news site or a feature story on television that doesn’t discuss exorcism. Popular Ghost Hunting show investigators often call on the services of an exorcist to drive out demons, malevolent Ghosts or Shadow people from the locus in quo. The Church has also begun training priests from all over the world to become qualified in conducting these rituals.

But why now? And why is this one region in Italy seemingly over run with demon possessions? So much so, that the Reverend Gabriele Amorth, the exorcist of the Diocese of Rome actually has a call-in radio show for people that think they are possessed, so they can find help and possible relief from their suffering. This documentary deals frankly with the church’s recognition of demon spirits and the steps it is taking to battle these entities world-wide.
(Spoiler Alert! Don’t worry, there is no 360 head turning, vomiting or bloodletting anywhere to be found
in this video. Yes, a curse word or two. A blaspheme here and there, but you know, Demons, what do you expect?)

Visit this site to find out more of the Catholic Church’s stand on exorcisms from an authoritative source:
The Catholic News Agency:
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WHERE TO SEE IT:
AMAZON PRIME – FREE IF YOU”RE A MEMBER
If not, $1.99 to rent, $7.99 to buy.

REFERENCES
BREAKING NEWS: (3/27/2020)
Published posthumously, Father Amorth’s Last Book
(With Marcello Stanzione)
The Devil is Afraid of Me
The Life and Work of the World’s Most Famous Exorcist
was released today.
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“For more than 30 years, the Italian priest literally battled the devil by performing more than 60,000 exorcisms. Angelologist Fr. Marcello Stanzione reveals fascinating details of Fr. Amorth’s career—details that have never before appeared in print.”
RSN Religious News Service
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An Exorcist Explains the Demonic
The Antics of Satan and His Army of Fallen Angels

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by Fr. Gabriele Amorth and Stefano Stimamiglio – editor, et al.
An international best seller.
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WAS THE MOON LANDING FAKED? OR WAS THE DOCUMENTARY?

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OPERATION LUNE – DARK SIDE OF THE MOON
This award-winning film exposes how Stanley Kubrick faked the 1969 moon landing, featuring interviews from many key players in NASA, “Operation Lune” navigates the viewer through lies and truths; fact and fiction. This is no ordinary documentary. Its intent is to inform and entertain the viewer, but also to shake them-up – make them aware that one should always view television with a critical eye.
Amazon Prime’s Blurb.

Odd that when you read the last sentence in the above blurb that you get such good advice considering the source it’s coming from.

The plain truth about this video is, that it’s a total fraud.  Well, maybe that’s too strong a phrase to use. How about an “Homage to conspiracy theories?” But I’ll settle for “Mockumentary.”

Usually after I view a video, I do some in-depth research Google diving to see what other background information I can find about the film. After about all of 10 minutes, here’s what turned up:

RATING: PULLING YOUR LEG CHARLEY
Charles Fort, sporting a fake nose and glasses get-up, hereby awards
“Operation Lune” the very first Pulling Your Leg Charley.

WHERE TO SEE IT:
AMAZON PRIMEFREE IF YOU’RE A MEMBER.
Not worth renting or buying. Well, maybe renting just to
see how slickly they pull it off.

FREE ON YOUTUBE:
Akashic Record YouTube Channel
Dark Side of the Moon is a French mockumentary by director William Karel which originally aired on Arte in 2002 with the title Opération Lune. The basic premise for the film is the theory that the television footage from the Apollo 11 Moon landing was faked and recorded in a studio by the CIA with help from director Stanley Kubrick.
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REFERENCES
From Wikipedia:

“It is finally revealed that this is a mockumentary as the end credits roll over a montage of blooper reels, with the main participants laughing over their lines or over their inability to remember them.”
To read the whole back story:
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Then read the Amazon Reviews.
Top positive review:
“Operation Lune” is a satirical French mockumentary.
It’s COMEDY, not fact.

Charles Austin Miller
See all 10 positive reviews

Top critical review:
“A Complete Waste of Time!”
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See all 16 critical reviews
Actually if you compare them, the positive reviews are not that much better than the critical ones.

WAS THE APOLLO 11 MOON LANDING FAKED?
Let’s take a step back here and give a very broad tip of the hat to the conspiracy theorists. Anything is possible, right? The internet, and particularly YouTube, offers up plenty of food for thought on the Apollo 11 cover-up claim. But remember, “One should always view television with a critical eye.” Now where did we read that advice?

From Space.Com:
Moon-Landing Hoax Still Lives On, 50 Years After Apollo 11.
But Why?
(Posted on July 19, 2019)
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Take a guess which “Mockumentary” they refer to in the article?

ONE MOON LANDING I KNOW WASN’T FAKED.
Bernie O’ConnorEditor, Videos Of The Damned.
Over 12 years ago, I had the honor of interviewing the late Edgar Mitchell, the Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo 14. He graciously consented to appear, via phone, on a paranormal themed radio show I was producing and hosting  for our local public radio station.

On February 5, 1971, Astronaut Edgar Mitchell and Commander Alan Shepard, spent nine hours working on the lunar surface. During the hour or so we chatted, I posed the question, “Edgar, a lot of people claim the whole space program is a big fake, especially Apollo 11. What would you say to them?”

He laughed and answered, “I know the space program is real. I was there, standing on the Moon looking down on you folks. In fact, I took your picture.”
(Unfortunately I do not have a copy of this show.)

Learn more about Astronaut Edgar Mitchell:
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The legacy of his post-NASA scientific and parapsychology work is carried on through the  Institute of Noetic Sciences.

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THE BANNED DISNEY UFO DOCUMENTARY

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On one evening in March of 1995, without warning, Disney aired a family special. It turned out to be a documentary so controversial that it was pulled from the airwaves and banned from ever being shown again. This is the thrilling story of Alien Encounters from New Tomorrowland! The Banned Disney Documentary on UFOs and Alien Abductions!
Blurb from the YouTube Channel, Secret Screening.

RATING:  5 Charley’s.
This may have been the case of the “Disney Imagineers”  doing their jobs too well. I can hear the creative brief now. “Tear it from today’s headlines! Make it real! Make it scary! Make it really socko kiddos so we can blow the rubes otta’ their seats!”

Ultimately, the Imagineers inadvertently wound up recreating the famous 1938 Orson Wells radio play broadcast of the H.G.Wells novel, “War of the Worlds.” This show, although it was announced several times during the broadcast that it was fiction, lead to a country wide Martin invasion panic.*

But this time around, the Disney TV special insinuated that full disclosure by the government was coming soon and that Aliens from other planets are indeed real. Not only are they real, but they are going to abduct and subject you to extreme physical and psychological trauma. Especially the Reptilians and the Mantis people. Except for the nice Aliens that is. They’re the ones that will take you for rides to other planets.

Fostering this sensationalized thesis, was the filmmaker’s excellent interviews with the many luminaries from Ufology, Capt. Kevin Randall and Bob Hopkins to name a few. Then add the terrifying testimony of actual abductees and UFO photos and film footage to visually drive the message home. This all lead to the viewers being taken on a “jump-to-conclusion panic ride.” This was certainly not what the Imagineers would have imagined would happen.

WHERE TO SEE COMMENTARY AND OUT TAKES:
YouTube: Secret Screening Channel by Douglas Mackrell.
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AS FOR THE ADDITIONAL LINK INCLUDED ON THE CHANNEL:
WATCH ALIEN ENCOUNTERS FROM NEW TOMORROWLAND (UNEDITED)
https://youtu.be/KCUmX8Lw5to  DEAD LINK

This video was available several years ago, I know because I watched it. Unfortunately, it’s since been pulled out of circulation. No doubt by request of the copyright owner, an adorable mouse named Mickey and his army of Lawyers.

*TO LISTEN TO THE FULL 1938 WAR OF THE WORLDS RADIO PLAY BROADCAST:
Remember, keep telling yourself, it’s only a radio play
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Interested in more UFO reviews?
Check these out:
U.F.O. The True Story of the Flying Saucers
The famous 1956 movie where the U.S.A.F. believed in them!
Factual Eyewitness Testimony of U.F.O. Encounters
A Rare Audio treat!
To Tell the Truth T.V. show: PLUS get a FREE EBOOK.
Is Barney Hill Telling The Truth?

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THE FLATWOODS MONSTER CASE – FREE MOVIE

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Here’s a video presentation of the renowned Dr. Ivan T. Sanderson. Here is his1953 audio report  of what he discovered while investigating the famous Flatwoods Monster Case. By 1952, flying saucers had become a familiar topic to the American public. However, the terrifying case of the Flatwoods monster was among the first nationally-publicized UFO/creature sighting.  Dr. Sanderson, biologist, naturalist, writer, lecturer, and Fortean Investigator, gives a recollection of his on site investigation into the Flatwoods, WV monster incident. This was on the Long John Nebel 25, 1956 WOR-NY radio broadcast.
Blurb from the Lavada Cobb YouTube Channel.

 

IT’S RATING: 5 Charley’s
First it’s priceless! Second, this is not an actual video. Its more like a PowerPoint slide show. But don’t let that discourage you. You can listen to it while doing something else. This is an extremely rare and important piece of Fortean history.  Ask any researcher, no matter what the topic, and they will tell you “first-hand testimony is the best data to work from.” Granted in this case, it can be agreed to, that this is technically not first-hand testimony.

But a first-hand, on the scene investigative report coming from one of the most recognized authorities in all things Fortean, is pure gold, Ivan T. Sanderson.* In fact Sanderson is credited with creating the term “cryptozoology” back in the late forties. The show is hosted by Long John Nebel**, a pioneer in late-night radio talk shows. Long John specialized in discussing controversial topics and having equally controversial guests on his show.

WHERE TO SEE IT FREE:
YouTube: The Lavada Cobb Channel
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If you have Amazon Prime, it’s FREE.
If not, you can rent it for $4.99, or buy it for $19.99.
Click here to rent or buy.

BIG LISTENING BONUS:
Click below for a FREE 4 hour, YouTube bonus treat of a 4 hour Long John radio show.
YouTube: The AMFMArchives Channel
(Original broadcast date unknown.)
Guests include Ivan T. Sanderson, Isabel Davis, Hans Stefan Santesson, Lester Del Ray and Ben Isquith. They debate UFOs visiting the Earth, science, and the afterlife. (Audio starts out grainy, but becomes clear 10 minutes into the show.)
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LONG JOHN NEBEL’S SHOW RATING:
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5 Charley’s
Classic historic Ufology at its best!

*To find out more about Ivan T. Sanderson:
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**To find out more about Long John Nebel:
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To learn more about the Braxton County/Flatwoods Monster:
BRAXUPDATED
By Frank C. Feschino, Jr.
Revised and updated with new evidence that’s come to light since the 2004 edition.
“His ongoing and diligent 21-year investigation into this case reveals an invasion of gigantic aliens that occurred over America on September 12, 1952. “
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