In the sleepy little town of Kalama, Wash. (pop. 2,475), there is a place said to be so haunted and unnerving that no one can stay there for very long. This place, a bed and breakfast known as Montgomery House, has experienced numerous occupants over the years, but today the elegantly restored 1908 Craftsman home sits vacant again following the hurried exit of the house's last owners, who lived there for about a year. Now, the "For Sale" sign is back up again, waiting to entice the next potential owners.
Danielle Egnew, in addition to being an award-winning singer, songwriter, actress and producer, is a multi-gifted clairvoyant channel and healer who took an interest in the house once she heard about it. With a penchant for scientific research and investigation into the unknown, Egnew took a break from her Los Angeles life to stay at Montgomery House with an audio and film crew to document her efforts to find out what is going on there. The result is the hair-raising film "Montgomery House: The Perfect Haunting," a true story so unsettling that even the most ardent naysayers may very well find themselves believing in ghosts.
Egnew's film is not the typical, run-of-the-mill "ghost hunters" type of fare one sees on cable television. There are no overdone dramatics, no scripts and no actors playing spooky for the cameras. There is just nothing that feels fake or over-the-top about this film. What Egnew and her crew have recorded is authentic people having authentic experiences with no frills to make it seem more than it is. And it is this realness in "The Perfect Haunting" that can cause the hair on the back of your neck to stand up when you hear the same guttural voices in the basement that Egnew and her crew hear.
Egnew's psychic abilities have led her to aid many different types of people looking for answers - from law enforcement agencies trying to solve crimes, to people trying to solve unexplainable phenomenon in their own homes. Egnew has contributed valuable "missing link" information to cases ranging from child abduction to violent crimes, accurately profiling assailants and occurrences using her clairvoyant, empathic and psychometric abilities.
A founding member of the Western Pacific Paranormal Alliance, Egnew calls on her friends of the Tacoma-based South Sound Paranormal Research to help her with her Montgomery House investigation. With the aid of reliable sources - Native American tribal leaders, historians, a psychologist, first-hand paranormal accounts from Montgomery House guests and owners, local townsfolk and spiritual healers and leaders of many sects - the dark secrets and complicated identity of Montgomery House are brought into the light.
The crew makes many startling discoveries during the course of filming "The Perfect Haunting." For one thing they find out that the house is plagued with compounded, layered hauntings that span several periods of time in its history. Also, the house sits on a hotbed of conductive water. Situated near the Columbia River, a creek runs next to the property and travels under the house to meet with a live spring in the basement. Egnew says these crossed water sources conduct electromagnetic energy creating a vortex or "dimensional portal." The basement is especially foreboding for Egnew and others in the film.
"It's like the door is looking at you," she says.
A very interesting element in the film is in how Egnew makes the Native American connection to the spiritual matters concerning the house. Roy Wilson, chief and spiritual leader of the Cowlitz Indian Nation, is seen in the film explaining that Kalama was built on the bones of his ancestors. Mike Iyall, tribal historian for the Cowlitz Nation, tells how diseases like smallpox, measles and malaria wiped out up to 50,000 people throughout the area over about a 60-year period, many of whom were not given proper burial. Add to this that the house was once used as a bordello and abortions are said to have taken place in the house during this time. Egnew and others say they feel, see and hear a strong presence of children throughout the house. In the late 1800s, a prison camp was nearby with a hanging tree to execute prisoners. And at some point in its past, the house was used as a hospital or doctor's office with the dining room used as an operating room.
With its original music soundtrack, local connection and historical significance, "Montgomery House: The Perfect Haunting" is a must-see film full of paranormal evidence that is hard to argue with. Order the DVD at www.MontgomeryHouseHaunting.com.