Director talks about latest documentary on Wisconsin hauntings

'Haunted State' Photo (Courtesy of Hungry Lion Productions)

APPLETON (WLUK) -- An Appleton-based filmmaker has made a movie about hauntings at Wisconsin theaters.

The director spoke with us Friday.

"Haunted State: Theatre of Shadows" is the newest film from director Michael Brown. He and his crew take the viewer on a tour of Wisconsin theaters known for their paranormal activity.

"So we cover the history of the theaters and then we cover the paranormal investigation of those theaters," Brown told FOX 11 News.

Brown told us "Haunted State" is a series, the latest film being the second. He said he chose the name, because Wisconsin is believed to have the most hauntings of any state.

"There's a folklorist at the University of Wisconsin who said Wisconsin has the most ghosts per square mile. It is the most haunted state," explained Brown.

Of the four theaters covered in the movie, one is in Madison, two are in Milwaukee and the last is the Grand Opera House in Oshkosh.

"It is the most haunted location in the film. The folklore there is there's shadow people, people playing the piano when no one is there, noises of animals like dogs and there's a prankster there," Brown described.

He didn't spoil anything about the Grand, but did say the prankster plays a part. The director told us the film is for people who believe in ghosts and people who don't.

"We cover it from the middle of the road. We're not trying to convince you ghosts are real, ghosts are not real. It's really a scientific approach," Brown explained.

He said the documentary covers the history of paranormal research.

"It goes all the way back to Thomas Edison until now and we see the evolution of that equipment and then we're using that equipment in the film as well," Brown told FOX 11.

So what gets people, believers and non-believers alike, interested in the paranormal?

Brown said he thinks it's our own mortality.

"And I think that's what it really comes down to at the end of the day: what happens after we go?" he told us.

The film will have a premiere at UW-Fox Valley on October 26. The show starts at 8:00 pm.

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