Christopher and Philip Booth -- brothers who enjoy spinning eerie yarns and wearing cowboy hats -- just released the trailer for their upcoming movie that purports to tell the "real" story of The Exorcist (on which the novel and movie are based). That story, to whatever extent it's real, definitely occurred in St. Louis.
This isn't the first attempt to tell the "real," story (see here
Only the most recent.
Trivia tidbit: Our very own chief blogger Chad Garrison was interviewed
by the brothers Booth for this movie, after having written a feature
story on the north St. Louis County house where the possessed child
stayed for a while ("Hell
of a House," 2005). However, Garrison didn't make the final cut. He
declines to speculate why.
What's next for the Booth Bros? A
little more St. Louis - area ghost action, according to what Christopher
Booth recently said in an interview:
We have a new film coming soon called 'Soul
Catcher' based on a true story. Part of the film was filmed at Lemp
Mansion, which is very active. There was a boy who was kept in the
attic . He was known as the 'monkey faced boy'. He was disfigured
due to down syndrome. People see his spirit in a window sometime. We
found a young boy with a disability to play this young boy so we could
capture the real emotions. We had Native American psychics with us as we
investigated the house. A mist appeared above the head of one of the
psychics. It formed a face...it pulled together and looked like a face
with a mask or a bag on it, this was caught on film. So, we wanted to
tell his story.