A COUPLE accidentally bought a house, unaware that it was the inspiration for one of the most famous horror movies of all time.
The house in suburban Washington DC served as inspiration for The Exorcist.
Danielle Witt and Ben Rockey-Harris have reportedly bought their three-bedroom home in Cottage City, Maryland The Washingtonian.
The couple found the home in August 2020 after several months of failed property searches to move out of Washington DC.
Danielle, who works in commercial real estate, couldn’t make the connection despite her research.
She added that it was “the only thing I missed.”
The couple added that they then realized why they were able to buy the house at a good price and why deals with other buyers had fallen through.
The book and film Exorcist are based on reports from 1949 that a then-teenager was allegedly possessed.
Ben said so CBC: “We were a little shocked, very shocked, and then we realized that the house was still great.”
Danielle then added that she was interested in the supernatural and wasn’t concerned about the history of the house.
Ben said, “As my wife pointed out, demons own people, not houses.”
Although the couple didn’t know their home was famous, other people did.
Local author Mark Opsasnick shared the home’s location in a magazine article in 1999, and the film’s director, William Friedkin, was filmed in the home’s driveway for a documentary.
Ben said: “Movie buffs drop in or slowly roll through the house to take a picture.
“There’s definitely a clique around this film.”
Finding humor in the house’s past, the couple have changed their WiFi name to the demon’s name, Pazuzu.
Ben told CBC: “We joke that when one of our cats attacks its own reflection in the wooden floor, it might be chasing a ghost or a babadook, but it’s only chasing its own reflection.”
The pair also reported that they had no encounters with demons or spirits, but turned down a friend who suggested they take a Ouija board home.
Danielle said, “The last time someone did that, they did a movie about my house.”