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Q: Movie about possession of family ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Movie about possession of family
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Movies and Film
Asked by: workingstorage-ga
List Price: $3.00
Posted: 21 Jan 2003 09:51 PST
Expires: 20 Feb 2003 09:51 PST
Question ID: 146540
I'm trying to locate a copy of a movie that aired on Sci Fi a couple
of years ago.

A family moves into a house, then the usual black ghosty apparitions
start. They hire paranormal investigators, secure a priest, and even
try to flee the baddies (including going camping, where the
apparitions follow).

Any ideas?

Request for Question Clarification by luciaphile-ga on 21 Jan 2003 09:59 PST
Just to make sure I'm thinking of the same film: the family seeks help
from the church, who is skeptical. A priest stays in the house and the
apparitions do not occur while he is there. They also have someone who
specializes in the paranormal visit and she determines that there are
several ghosts, including (I believe) a demon. Does that sound like
your film?


Request for Question Clarification by kriswrite-ga on 21 Jan 2003 10:34 PST
I think I know which film you mean. Did it take place in the U.S.? And
was the father the main target of the spirits?


Clarification of Question by workingstorage-ga on 21 Jan 2003 11:29 PST
Luciaphile-- that is the correct premise, exactly.

Do you know what it is called and where I can get it?
Subject: Re: Movie about possession of family
Answered By: luciaphile-ga on 21 Jan 2003 12:42 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi workingstorage-ga,

Thanks for your question. I remember this movie well.

The film in question is called “The Haunted” and was a made-for-TV
production starring Sally Kirkland, Diane Baker and Jeffrey DeMunn.
Based on a real life story of the Smurl family in West Pittston, PA,
the movie depicts the haunting of the Smurl family. Incidentally the
paranormal investigators they called in were the Warrens who gained
fame from their involvement in the Amityville house.

The Haunted (1991)

50 Years of Ghost Hunting and Research with the Warrens
This site details the events as they happened to the Smurls.

The Smurls

And here’s a review of the film:

“The Haunted”

I haven’t been able to find a copy for sale in traditional online
outlets such as, but there is a copy available on eBay for

The Haunted VHS TV Scary Horror Movie

It actually aired this past Sunday (January 19) on the Sci Fi channel.
Although that does you no good, since they have the movie in their
library, it’s highly possible they will show this again. It’s not
scheduled for February, but it may air in the upcoming months.

SciFi schedulebot

If you choose the option of waiting for the movie to air again, this
is a really handy site to determine when a film will air. You simply
enter the name of the actor (either Diane Baker or Sally Kirkland
would work) and you’ll get a list of when and where, what films of
that actor are airing.


Search strategy
Google search:
movie supernatural haunting skeptics church
haunted “sally kirkland” vhs
Various retail outlets (Amazon, eBay, Barnes and Noble)

I hope that answers your question. If you require additional
information please ask for clarification before rating my answer.

workingstorage-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $2.00
This was more than I expected

Subject: Re: Movie about possession of family
From: whytewitch-ga on 13 Aug 2004 06:30 PDT
For those in the U.K. 

you can find it on

the only place I found it because it was deleted in the UK in 1997 

hope this saves people searching for months like i did !!!!

:) :) :)

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