While it’s rare to hear of a movie in 2017 leaving audiences running out the door in panic or to the ER after deliriously passing out, 1992 was apparently a vastly different time. It was still in the early days of the faux-documentary style horror movies we’re used to now, a la The Blair Witch Project or Paranormal Activity.
So when, on Halloween night in 1992, BBC premiered Ghostwatch, a 90-minute “news report” claiming it had real evidence of supernatural activity in a haunted London house, audiences quickly went into an uproar. There had been no warning that the show was fictional [ . . . ]