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Winner of Best Paranormal Documentary of 2008. Explore abandoned orphanages and cemeteries to uncover the tragic haunted past of thousands of orphans buried in unmarked graves. Acclaimed documentary filmmakers, The Booth Brothers (Spooked, The Ghosts Of Waverly Hills Sanatorium as seen on the SyFy) unearth the shocking existence of ghost children!


Philip Adrian Booth and Christopher Saint Booth have put together a remarkable look at children of the grave, those children lost and forgotten, and buried with only a number as a site marker. The film will hold your attention and is spooky! Locations for filming of haunted sites included the states of Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and the city of Los Angeles. Viewers will find the journey to Zombie Road and its shadow children near St. Louis, Missouri macabre viewing. For the first time, a photo shot accurately captured some of these dead shadow children on film and is shown, and discussed. Pythian Castle, located at Springfield, Missouri, is also covered in-depth. That this orphanage has ghosts is evident. The structure was also used during World War II to interrogate Nazi prisoners of war. The brutal history of what happened at this location lives on in its ghosts, and there are psychics and sensitives who relate stories about it. As a film about the paranormal and the supernatural, this should be among the viewer's top selections for the year 2007. Scary and riveting, this one will hold your attention from beginning to end. The documentary features such notable paranormal investigators as: Troy Taylor, Rosemary Ellen Guiley, John Zaffis, and Keith Age. If you are interested in the paranormal, don't miss this film! Well crafted, historically accurate, concise, bluntly and honestly examined, truths revealed, exciting -- these are a few words that define this fine DVD about ghosts and the paranormal. Highly recommended. --Lee Prosser GhostVillage.com

Children of the Grave is the highly-anticipated follow-up to the Booth Brothers 2006 documentary Spooked: The Ghosts of Waverly Hills Sanatorium and like its predecessor this film delivers non-stop chills from the very first frame. Easily one of the most informative and well-researched documentaries in the para-reality genre, Children of the Grave is also something many other such films are not: genuinely sensitive to the subject matter and respectful of how it is presented. In Children of the Grave the Booth Brothers have assembled a team of leading paranormal experts who together delve into the sad, disturbing history surrounding the thousands of cast-off children who once passed through the somber halls of America s orphanages. Many of these now-desolate places were likely not much more welcoming when fully-operating generations ago. As the expert cinematography of the Booth Brothers so aptly reveals, some of the larger institutions had all the appeal of oversized mausoleums. Cast into these grim surrogate Victorian mothers some of which were still operational well into the 20th century - were the abandoned, the unwanted, the neglected, the abused of America s children. Stripped of all vestiges of childhood (in many cases even their names were replaced with numbers) the children subsisted in the orphanage netherworld until they were adopted out (sometimes to even worse fates), mercifully outgrew the institutions, or, anonymous and forgotten, died. And as the Booth Brothers show us, death is only the beginning of the story. Over a ten-day period, trekking across six states, the Booth Brothers and their team of experts conduct on-site investigations of some of the most notorious orphanages in the Midwestern United States, at least one of which Pythian Castle is preserved in good condition. The viewer watches as each layer of the story of these ill-treated and once-forgotten orphans unfolds through narration and visual imagery that only heightens the tension. The sites are creepy enough on their own, but as the evidence of documented paranormal activity begins to mount, the viewer is transfixed and it becomes immediately obvious that this documentary will merit a second and even a third viewing to absorb everything that is presented. In two instances the first being the team s investigation of the Pythian Castle tunnels and the second being the hunt conducted on demon-haunted Zombie Road every concept of reality, of what is real and genuine, is challenged by the camera s unaltered images. The stark reminders of the unseen all around us that are delivered in these segments will thrill believers and could give the staunchest skeptic pause. The paranormal experts chosen by the Booth Brothers each lend a particular focus to the investigation and the film. Authorities such as John Zaffis, Troy Taylor and Rosemary Ellen Guiley anchor the investigation with important facts concerning the nature of hauntings by children; the team in the field, led by Keith Age, Greg Myers and the Booth Brothers themselves, backs up this insight with haunting video and EVP (electronic voice phenomena) captures. In the end, however, more than attempting to convince us that the ghosts we see are real or that paranormal events can be documented, the Booth Brothers accomplish their true purpose and that is to strip the forgotten children of the grave of their anonymity, to put faces and stories with the numbers etched on tombstones in desolate, lonely cemeteries, and to make them memorable in death so that in a small way they can never be forgotten again. View this documentary. It is a stunning piece of work. --Alyne A. Pustanio Haunted America

Overall, I thought this documentary took a new approach to the field which was nice. There are so many television shows out there trying to reproduce the formula that SyFy's Ghost Hunters has been successful with. The Booth Brothers bring a historical information documentary that would make the producers of the Discovery Channel jealous! In my time working as a paranormal investigator, I have run across many instances of children ghosts and caught them on EVP. The bone chilling evidence of young spirits that is caught is remarkable and will have you believing that sometimes places do hold unseen residents. I would highly recommend this documentary for anyone who is looking at understanding ghosts or just wanting a good scare because the evidence is so shocking, it will give you the chills! --Minnesota Ghosts.com

Special Features


Product Details

  • Actors: Keith Age, Shane Brown, Steven LaChance, Troy Taylor, Mary Ellen Hammack
  • Directors: Christopher Saint Booth, Philip Adrian Booth
  • Format: Dolby, HiFi Sound, NTSC, Color, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Spooked Television Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: October 15, 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VKN1XM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,284 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

Very interesting, and definitely worth watching.
Kindle Customer
Rather than interview historical experts (who certainly could testify about the time), they seemed to interview within their peer and interest group.
Tarina R. Rose
I can't even *begin* to say what is wrong with this film.
B. Yates

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey A. Hopson on June 3, 2008
Format: DVD
I watched this film last night and let me start by saying this: I think it's very likely that there are ghosts, hauntings, etc., but I am a very "skeptical believer". Back in the late 1800's, during the big "Spiritist" movement, tables were being rocked and floated, seances produced phantom images and voices "from beyond", ectoplasm squiggled into the air from the noses and mouths of "mediums", and about all of it was exposed as fraudulent. These days people are, again, pretty enthusiastic about ghosts and hauntings and speaking with their departed loved ones through some show-biz personality who reels them in like brook trout. The big difference between the old fashioned hoaxters of 130 yrs ago and the new breed of "Ghost Hunters" is that the toys and technology are phenomenal in these times. We can do literally anything we want with film and imaging now in the digital age and one would be hard pressed to discern the "real from the reel".
I saw an error in one of the pictures shown - supposedly a police photograph - depicting a room in a delapidated building in which Satanic rituals had supposedly taken place. There is a Sigil of Baphomet (the pentagram with the goat face and a double circle around it with Hebrew characters in the circumference) and it is a perfectly detailed representation which was certainly not hand painted onto the wall and it was doctored to look "bloody". It was very OBVIOUSLY superimposed on the photo to look as though someone had painted it on the wall. These kinds of cheap tricks cast doubt on everything they did and, sadly, cast doubt on everything everybody else does as well. The "Baby gets thrown out with the bath water" for most people, just like the Spiritist Movement back in the late 1800's.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 23, 2013
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I'll say one thing about this movie--I totally understood why ghost hunters are not respected by skeptics. I am someone that believes in the possibility of ghosts, though I admit that if they exist, it is probably a rare phenomenon and not as interesting as we make it out to believe. For the most part, probably most "ghosts" have other explanations. However, I try to keep an open mind--and I've never been disgusted by ghost hunters in the past...not even those guys on that "Ghost Adventures" show.

The Booth brothers, though, totally ticked me off. I only paid $1.99 to watch this, but I regretted spending even that much. For one thing, they went all over the place. They gave minute information about many things, but they never went into an in-depth history about the places they visited.

While it isn't uncommon for ghost hunters to sometimes exaggerate a little bit, this show was totally into sensationalizing. Some of the things they said didn't seem to even have proof to substantiate it. For instance, at one orphanage, there was a hostile ghost that didn't like people intruding into his space. Now personally, I can understand it if ghosts wouldn't like people coming into an area they consider their territory. However, these men seemed to assume that the ghost of the former janitor was a pedophile who killed the kids, even though it didn't seem that there were any documents to support this.

The one thing they focused on was how orphans tended to be mistreated. It succeeded more in a social commentary of days of old than it did as a documentary on ghosts.

It did have a few scares with that creepy blonde ghost they kept showing. It had a very abrupt ending where they talked about how some children are evil, and then they made a quick reference to Mary Roff. It was very confusing and irritating.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By B. Yates on August 4, 2013
Format: Amazon Instant Video
I can't even *begin* to say what is wrong with this film. It may contain historical facts about the children. That part is very sad.
What is sadder is how their memory is being used by the Booth Brothers -- once again the children are being abused.
Zero stars aren't allowed, unfortunately...
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Gotham Night on May 13, 2008
Format: DVD
I'm kind of mixed about this DVD. It wasn't all that scary for one. I think I have more of a problem the way it was filmed more than anything. I think they could have just filmed it like a straight documentary instead of the Booth brothers trying to show what cool editors they were and putting in rock music and child actors that were for effect only. And I really could not take those two guys with the berets seriously at all. I mean, what was that all about? It was laughable. The actual video, audio, and photo evidence that they had really was only about 20 minutes' worth. The rest was filler. In a nutshell, I was not impressed. The photo evidence and EVP's were cool, the sequence in the tunnel in the basement was awesome, but there just wasn't enough of this type of footage. It was paranormal sensationalism, Booth brothers style. I wouldn't say don't buy this, but I will say that I have seen much better.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By GreyPony on July 20, 2009
Format: DVD
Once again the "ghostly" value of the video is overwhelmed by the historic value.
I had no idea of the institution that housed these poor children. This was a part of history that seems to have been shoved into an old file. Bringing it to light - in my humble opinion - shows us just how bad things were in that era.
Learning about the poor babies who were fed poisoned milk, the little lady who had her doll thrown into the fireplace, the children who were nameless except for a number, buried in mass graves... That's not horror in the ghostly sense, but horrible in the lack of compassion.
The shame of that era is well noted. Train loads of abandoned children shoved into an institution to live out their lives? How sad... how very sad.
I am not sorry I bought this DVD, but it sure doesn't come across as frightening if that's what you're looking for. But man's inhumanity to man comes across with shocking clarity.
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