Paranormal Activity 4, the latest in the suspense/horror film franchise distributed by Paramount Pictures, was released on Blu-ray and DVD to the public on January 29, 2013. To mark the occasion here in Toronto, a special release party was put together by Aerial Communications that found its guests enduring a unique experience in line with the film’s subject matter.
Where It Took Place
Spadina Museum, also known as Spadina House, is a historic manor on Spadina Road in Toronto, Canada that is operated by the City of Toronto Cultural Services. The museum preserves the house much as it existed and developed historically. The art, decor and architecture of the house used to reflect the contemporary styles of the 1860s through the 1930s. After being closed for a year for restoration work, Spadina Museum re-opened in November 2010 in the inter-war era style of the 1920s and 1930s.
With it’s rich history dating back as far as 1818, the location provided just the right atmosphere and moody environment (complete with a foggy outdoor conditions) to host such an event. Guests were escorted through the house (filled with vintage paintings and scene-setting items on the walls) to the upper level where the festivities began.
Getting In Touch With The Paranormal
The small intimate group of attendees began the evening with a spiritual reading from a professional medium named Jaye McKenzie, who has been able to use her extraordinary gifts of communicating with spirits since she was four years old. Her informative and lively approach enthralled guests as she spoke the haunted mansion, her peculiar circumstances to becoming part of the evening, and continued to amaze as she found connections to past loved-ones and family members for the guests in the room.
After the session, the attendees had a chance to interact and speak with Jaye about what she told them while tasting exquisite themed food like ‘witches fingers’ for the evening. The gifted medium shared some interesting information to her audience, including a revelation that spirits/ghosts generally congregate more at locations which contain an emotionally charged atmosphere, whether it be a tension-filled dentists’ office or movie theaters (and not cemeteries as most would expect).
The night concluded fittingly with an Extended Cut screening of the Paranormal Activity 4 Blu-ray/DVD Edition, that while chilly in its own right, seemed to pale-in-comparison to the experience before the viewing. McKenzie told the audience during a particular scene: “3:00 am is a type of witching hour for spirits”, which is common in all the Paranormal Activity films.
All in all it was certainly a memorable night for the guests and yours truly, who was told that multiple family members that had ‘moved on’ were at the location with me to send me messages, which they did and ones that were expressly unique to my history with them. For the record, I had never before met Jaye McKenzie or anyone else in attendance…so take that for what you will whether you are a skeptic or a believer. But I must say, for this horror movie fan, it was a night I will surely not forget anytime soon.