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The House In Between

Alice Jackson built her dream home in Florence, Mississippi hoping to live her life to the fullest. What she ended up getting was a restless house with unexplainable, bizarre activity that started off tame, but ended up becoming so serious, she couldn't spend another night living there. She ended up moving out of the dream house she built for herself, and for the last decade, she's been allowing and encouraging local paranormal investigators into her home to try and help decipher what exactly is causing all the strange activity. When the investigators feel they've done all they could do, Miss Alice brought in former Ghost Hunters investigator Steve Gonsalves (and director of this film alongside Ghost Hunters director of photography Kendall Whelpton) and his crew to take the investigation to the next step, and to try and bring some sort of explanation to the owner of what the hell is going on in her house... and it's all recorded in the documentary The House In Between.

Let me start by saying this: if you're not a fan of the paranormal investigation shows, skip this movie. You won't enjoy it, it wasn't made for you, and you probably won't enjoy the story it is trying to tell like fans of those shows would. The House In Between is essentially a hour and a half episode of a ghost hunting show, which allows the crew to go a little more in depth into the story of the property than usual. And to be honest, it's not even like there's much "ghost hunting" going on in the actual documentary; a lot of what you'll see is past evidence being shown, experts being brought in for their evaluations of the property and the paranormal claims, and history of the land. When Gonsalves and his crew arrive, it's not like they strap up and you watch the typical overnight investigation like you see on the television shows - the film highlights a lot of the evidence that has been recorded by the local investigators who initially began investigating the home: John Bullard and Brad Cooney. Bullard and Cooney come off as totally humble, professional, and genuinely curious and passionate dudes who have clearly spent a ton of their time working alongside the homeowner to help her, in hopes that maybe one say she can return to her home. Watching these two men tell their stories and hearing them passionately explain their findings over the years is probably the highlight of the film - and I think we can all agree they appear trustworthy and aren't doing this just for the notoriety. Fans of paranormal shows can attest to the fact that - even after double digit seasons, a lot of the investigators act like lunatics and over dramatize even the smallest of noises that they hear from a room 10 doors down. They yell, scream, and run around instead of taking the time to fully investigate the situation and location to try and figure out what's going on. Bullard and Cooney don't act like lunatics in the documentary; they handle themselves way more professionally in Miss Alice's house than any of the tv personalities do. Bonus points to the film for them.

I don't want to get too into the evidence since I do want to leave some of the surprises of the film to viewers, but I will say that the footage they have is pretty compelling, and it makes for a great basis for the documentary. I like and appreciate the fact that various outside professionals - some who even admit they don't believe in ghosts, even after seeing the footage - are brought in to try and shed some light on what they're seeing. The film doesn't scream "ghosts!!!" the entire time like the tv shows either - they kinda show the footage, have some conversation and commentary about it, and leave it kinda open ended for the viewer. There's three major pieces of evidence in the film that attention is really placed on, and all three are totally awesome pieces of footage that also makes for a great basis for the film. Gonsalves honestly keeps his presence in the film to a minimum, clearly not trying to be the star or to take away from the real subject of the film: the house, its owner, and the team who have spent nearly a decade to researching and investigating the property.

Honestly, your enjoyment of this film is entirely based on your appreciation of the paranormal. If you think it's all bullshit and whatever, The House In Between isn't going to change your stance on the subject, and honestly, I don't think that was ever the point. I think the point of the film is to bring the story of the Mississippi house to the attention of the paranormal community, and to highlight the hard work and evidence brought forth by the two men who have spent a tremendous amount of time on the land. The documentary was pretty clearly developed for fans of paranormal investigation programming, and like I said, not to try and change a non-believers opinion on the highly criticized topic of the existence of ghosts. The film is beautifully shot and put together, and the flow of the story, evidence, and interviews are gracious. If you're a Northerner like myself - who's never even been close to the American South - you'll leave with the heartwarming charm of Southern culture as the film introduces various people from the area who come off as just generally wholesome people. As far as I'm concerned, the film was worth its rental price and was a nice, peaceful watch on a quiet Sunday morning, so I'd recommend it - as long as you know what you're going in to. Whelpton and Gonsalves did a wonderful job on the documentary, and I'd love to see these guys continue to team up in the years to follow to highlight more special cases like this Mississippi house, as long as they are always as professionally presented as everything was in The House In Between.


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