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Christopher Webster [Celluloid 08.20.12] horror

The UK has a rich tradition of paganism and the occult which has spawned many a great horror film (read: Wicker Man, Kill List, Wakewood). With this in mind, directors Kevin Gates and Michael Bartlett set out to get to the bottom of a real life story that has fascinated them since they were kids growing up in England. The legend in question is based on a series of black masses that were held at a church in Clophill, Bedfordshire.

Between the production of Zombie Diaries 1 and 2, they took a team into the area to interview local residents and document what, if anything, is still resonating in the area. The results have been compiled into The Paranormal Diaries: Clophill - the first in perhaps a series of explorations into famous supernatural legends in England to come.

In March 1963, a black mass was held at a ruined church in Clophill, Bedfordshire by a coven of dark witches. Tombs were looted, animals sacrificed and human bones arranged during a macabre ceremony. Further defilement continued at Clophill in the following years, with cattle in nearby fields found mutilated, evidence of necromancy discovered and perpetual sightings of paranormal activity witnessed at the isolated ruin. 50 years on from the original incident, the Clophill legend remains etched on the psyches of the local populace.

In 2010, a documentary team was assembled to investigate the legend of the Clophill witches and to try and uncover the truth behind the paranormal events. What followed during that long weekend at Clophill was a terrifying journey into the unknown.

More as it comes, folks!

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