The Shocking Truth
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Friday, July 20

Director Steven Spielberg’s film sees an ordinary family tormented by an evil apparition that later takes the youngest daughter Carol Anne into another realm. But the reality behind the fiction is equally as frightening. The film is loosely based on events at a house on Long Island, New York, where the Hermann family were plagued by a so-called poltergeist. Between February and March 1958, bottle tops and lids inexplicably popped, ornaments flew around the house, a heavy bookshelf mysteriously fell over and a Virgin Mary figure soared through the air and struck a mirror 12 feet away. The family, who moved away soon after, believed the events were somehow connected to an ancient Native American burial site near their home - something that features heavily in Spielberg's movie. Show Less
Director Steven Spielberg’s film sees an ordinary family tormented by an evil apparition that later takes the youngest daughter Caro...Show More

Director Steven Spielberg’s film sees an ordinary family tormented by an evil apparition that later takes the youngest daughter Carol Anne into another realm. But the reality behind the fiction is equally as frightening. The film is loosely based on events at a house on Long Island, New York, where the Hermann family were plagued by a so-called poltergeist. Between February and March 1958, bottle tops and lids inexplicably popped, ornaments flew around the house, a heavy bookshelf mysteriously fell over and a Virgin Mary figure soared through the air and struck a mirror 12 feet away. The family, who moved away soon after, believed the events were somehow connected to an ancient Native American burial site near their home - something that features heavily in Spielberg's movie. Show Less
Director Steven Spielberg’s film sees an ordinary family tormented by an evil apparition that later takes the youngest daughter Caro...Show More

Friday, July 27

The movie was an instant smash when it hit the theaters in 1977 and reawakened man's obsession with the eternal question: "Are we alone in the universe?" Though a work of fantasy, few realize that Steven Spielberg's sci-fi classic was actually inspired by real-life witness testimony, as well as a series of UFO sightings in Michigan in the summer of 1966. Separate science fact from science fiction as we reexamine government documents and put old witness testimonies to the test using modern technology. Spielberg also based his film on the research of Dr. J. Allen Hynek, a civilian scientific advisor to Project Blue Book who eventually admitted that 11 percent of the study’s findings about nidentified flying objects could not be explained using science. Show Less
The movie was an instant smash when it hit the theaters in 1977 and reawakened man's obsession with the eternal question: "Are we alon...Show More

The movie was an instant smash when it hit the theaters in 1977 and reawakened man's obsession with the eternal question: "Are we alone in the universe?" Though a work of fantasy, few realize that Steven Spielberg's sci-fi classic was actually inspired by real-life witness testimony, as well as a series of UFO sightings in Michigan in the summer of 1966. Separate science fact from science fiction as we reexamine government documents and put old witness testimonies to the test using modern technology. Spielberg also based his film on the research of Dr. J. Allen Hynek, a civilian scientific advisor to Project Blue Book who eventually admitted that 11 percent of the study’s findings about nidentified flying objects could not be explained using science. Show Less
The movie was an instant smash when it hit the theaters in 1977 and reawakened man's obsession with the eternal question: "Are we alon...Show More

About The Shocking Truth

The Shocking Truth digs deep into notorious real-life murders and crimes and explores how Hollywood turned them into its most memorable thrillers. The behind-the-scenes stories of how these gruesome events became unforgettable movies is as fascinating as the true crimes themselves. Through cinematic re-enactments and exclusive interviews with the writers, directors and cast members, as well as the detectives, attorneys, and criminologists who investigated the actual crimes, we lay out a compelling story line — how despicable wrong doings became art, creating moments etched in our pop culture.