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"This Isn't A Movie" is the Scariest Kind of Horror Movie

By Jana Ritter

Imagine a movie with all of the ingredients that has made "Paranormal Activity" a five time box office success, that spooky "home footage" allure of witnessing a possession unfold, only far more spookier because "This Isn't A Movie" - is the real deal. The unplanned, unscripted, raw footage of a real life possession, exactly as it occurred.

Channon Rose and Travis Dean aren't filmmakers or seeking fame via a pseudo reality show. Channon is a print model with her own beauty blog, Travis comes from the corporate world with an 8-5 job and they're a real-life couple who even admits the "fate" that brought them together was the magic of an on-line dating site in 2012. Since then they've been capturing their good times and getaways on Channon's handheld Canon and their trip to Big Bear started out like all the rest. But something unexplained happened to Channon, unleashing a nightmarish experience and a home movie they'll never forget.

This Isn't A Movie

So let's start with the first question everyone is going to ask. How do we know "This Isn't A Movie" really isn't a movie and that we're watching something real?
Channon: Its pretty obvious from the minute you start watching that this is something real. You can tell the difference between a "movie" that's made to look like a home movie and an actual home movie. We don't have any special effects or anything else that changes the authenticity of what actually happened.

At what point did you realize your vacation was turning over to the dark side and why did you keep filming when things got bad?
Travis: We were enjoying our first night at the cabin we rented, we had made dinner and we were all set to go check out the town. Channon was in her usual high spirits, joking around as were getting ready and then all of the sudden she got strangely quiet like she didn't want to go out anymore and like I wasn't even there at all. At that point I actually turned off the camera to ask her what was wrong and she'd give me answers that didn't even make sense. Then she'd kind of slip back to her normal self again, but had no recollection or explanation about anything she had done or said, just moments before. The more confusing it became, the more I felt the need to film it. I thought having it on video would help us make sense of it later.

What was it like for you Channon? Can you describe what was happening to you?
Channon: Unfortunately the only thing I remember about the whole experience was feeling terrified and confused. The scariest thing for me is not knowing what happened or why it happened. Neither of us had ever experienced anything like this before, we don't do drugs, neither of us had been drinking that night and I have no history of mental illness or anything that could help explain this.

What was the scariest part of it for you Travis?
Travis: The whole experience was pretty terrifying and the only way to describe it is a possession of some kind. Imagine seeing someone you know and love acting so strange and eerie with no explanation or ability to help them. Seeing Channon who has been a vegetarian pretty much her entire life, literally eating my leftover chicken dinner straight out of the trash can - that's when I knew something was seriously wrong. It just kept escalating from there...she was banging her head against the wall hard enough to really hurt herself, she kept answering the front door of our secluded cabin and of course, nobody was ever there. What freaked me out the most was when she completely disappeared and I ended up finding her in the woods with no idea of how she ended up there. That's when I drove her to the emergency room.

What did they say at the hospital?
Travis: Nothing. They took blood tests and once they determined she didn't have any drugs or alcohol in her system, there wasn't much else they could do but let her go. I think once we left the hospital that's when I became truly terrified...realizing that nobody could help us and we were pretty much isolated in the mountains completely on our own to deal with this thing.

Channon what was the worst part for you in seeing the footage?
Channon: It took me a long time before I was even willing to watch it all and when I finally did see it for the first time, it gave me that feeling of pure terror all over again. To watch yourself acting so completely unlike yourself and doing things that have no rational explanation, its probably one of the most disturbing things you could ever imagine. I was also really embarrassed by what I saw and definitely didn't set out thinking it would make a great movie. I didn't even want my friends to see it, but Travis eventually convinced me that it was the kind of experience we needed to share with people.

Travis, why do you think this is important for others to see?
Travis: Mainly because most people will never experience anything like this in their entire lives and that alone makes it worth watching. But there is also a need to explore that whole element of "the unexplained" and whether I'm still seeking the answers for myself, it's too terrifying to not share with everyone else.

To find out when and where you can see Channon and Travis's actual footage, go to the following link: www.ThisIsntAMovie.com


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