Saturday, October 31, 2015

The Search for the Jersey Devil documentary RELEASE 10-31-15

THE SEARCH FOR THE JERSEY DEVIL
Legend, Lore and Science

The DVD documentary is finally available!!!


What lurks in the Jersey Pine Barrens? Since 1735 people have been telling tales of some sort of beast that inhabits these woods. Is it a biological creature, a deformed child, the devil Himself, fodder for tourism or just the results of political slander. We go in depth to explore New Jersey's most famous resident.




DVD Details
Directors: Chris Chaos
Producers: Keith Kelly
Format: NTSC
Region: All Regions
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Axis Video
DVD Release Date: October 31st, 2015
Run Time: 111 minutes



To order through Amazon:
The Search for the Jersey Devil


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The Search for the Jersey Devil


(Chris Chaos is a long time resident of South Jersey who once again resides in and writes from Gloucester City, New Jersey. He is a filmmaker, a business owner, writer, urban explorer and investigator of the odd and weird, a proud parent, happily taken and a connoisseur of hot wings. Chris can be reached at AxisVideo@aol.com)

The Search for the Jersey Devil: Revisited book release 10-31-15

The Search for the Jersey Devil: Revisited
Authored by Mr Chris Chaos

“There will always be Demons, for even where none exist we'll find a way to make them. ”


This edition of the book goes into more depth concerning the science, biology and theory as to what the Jersey Devil is. It resists the rehashing and retelling of the same old stories that are repeated in previous publications.

What lurks in the Jersey Pine Barrens? Since 1735 people have been telling tales of some sort of beast that inhabits these woods. Is it a biological creature, a deformed child, the devil Himself, fodder for tourism or just the results of political slander. We go in depth to explore New Jersey's most famous resident.

Table of Contents:
Prologue
Jersey Devil Intro film script
The Search for the Jersey Devil
HOLY, HOLY, HOLY: Altar of Judgement and the Witches' Well
Excerpt from “The Bloody Rise of Axis Video” #1
The Devil Hunters
Frank Chille
Deborah Leeds
The Blue Hole
A Jersey Devil Experience
The Wooden Jersey Devil Footprint
Jersey Devil Highlights
Excerpt from “The Bloody Rise of Axis Video” # 2
The Hammerhead Bat Theory
The Sandhill Crane Theory
The Jersey Devil Spotted!
Some Jersey Devil date highlights
Sad Sad Producers
Jersey Devil Trailer Script
More Information on the Jersey Devil
A Speculative Look at the Jersey Devil's Diet
Batsto, New Jersey
THE WITCHES WELL AND HOLY HOLY HOLY ALTAR Revisited
Laura Giglio's Audition as Mother Leeds
The Jersey Devil Jawbone
Synsacrum
The Red Kangaroo Theory
The Devil's Footprints, February 1855 East and South Devon, England
Who Forted?
Lack of Photos
The Significance of the Crescent holed Outhouse and the Jersey Devil
The Authors Personal Opinion
Completion of the Film
The Bare Bones edit script as of March 28th, 2015
Some Jersey Devil Depictions

About the Author
More links

BOOK FACTS:
6" x 9"
116 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1514158739
ISBN-10: 1514158736
BISAC: History / United States / General

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The Search for the Jersey Devil book

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The Search for the Jersey devil book

(Chris Chaos is a long time resident of South Jersey who once again resides in and writes from Gloucester City, New Jersey. He is a filmmaker, a business owner, writer, urban explorer and investigator of the odd and weird, a proud parent, happily taken and a connoisseur of hot wings. Chris can be reached at AxisVideo@aol.com)

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Did Courtney Love Use El Duce to Kill Kurt Cobain of Nirvana?

by Chris Chaos


During the early 2000's Axis Video was in the middle of the music world filming the Dynasty of Darkness series. We met with many bands for inclusion on the series, some made the cut while others did not. Over the course of several years we filmed and interviewed dozens upon dozens of bands on the East Coast and from around the world and witnessed and heard some pretty outrageous stories concerning many topics. There were a few internationally recognized bands that wished to be included but due to contracts and record label restrictions they could not.

Before and after the shows we hung out with the bands in their dressing rooms and partook in the chaos. We saw the beer, the drugs, the groupies.....you name it and it happened behind the stage. During this time I was obviously focused on securing the bands, filming and getting the proper releases filled out and coordinating our team to get the DVDs complete. So some of the banter and talk went in one ear and out the other and I never put much stock into it. One of the conversations that came up with a few of the bands while backstage and drinking was the speculation of who killed Kurt Cobain.

Since his death in 1994 there have been ongoing and various conspiracy theories as to what really happened to Kurt. Many websites, blogs and documentaries have been dedicated to getting to the bottom of what occurred. There also have been petitions to reopen the case to investigate further and for the Seattle police department to release the images on undeveloped rolls of film taken at the death scene.

(There is a plethora of information below, but of course some items had to be skipped due to the fact it would become redundant with other information already surrounding this case. We urge you to read the text below in full, look at the photos, click the links and watch the associated movies to get the full effect. Draw your own conclusions and feel free to leave comments.)

THE FATEFUL DAY:
On April 8th 1994 Kurt Cobain was found dead in his Seattle home, initially his death was ruled a suicide, using a shotgun to the face. It is estimated by the coroner that he died on April 5th and his body laid undetected for three days. Kurt's body was discovered by Gary Smith, a contractor hired to install a security system in Cobain's home.

Dave Grohl concerning Cobain's death:

"... probably the worst thing that has happened to me in my life. I remember the day after that I woke up and I was heartbroken that he was gone. I just felt like, "Okay, so I get to wake up today and have another day and he doesn't.""

Dave Grohl Drummer of Nirvana, Singer of Foo Fighters

THE PLAYERS:

Kurt Cobain:
Singer for the grunge band Nirvana, thought to either have committed suicide by self inflicted gunshot (the official report) or have been murdered in his house. Cobain's death certificate stated that his death was a result of a "contact perforating shotgun wound to the head" and concluded that his death was a suicide. The report estimated that Cobain died on Tuesday April 5, 1994.
Net Worth: $100 million (according to Celebrity Net Worth)

Kurt Cobain

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Mr. Know It All

by Chris Chaos

According to Wikipedia: A know-it-all or know-all is a person who obnoxiously purports an expansive comprehension of a topic and/or situation when in reality, his/her comprehension is inaccurate or limited. This display may or may not be directly expressed
"The key to success is to never stop learning, the key to failure is to think you know it all."

In a world of nobodies trying to be somebodies, everyone is trying to stand out and prove something.

I, and I am sure just like many of you that may be reading this, remember back as a teenager when you thought you knew everything. You knew more than your teachers about the way of the world and you certainly knew much more than your lame assed old parents.

Then as time went on and you got a job and took on more adult responsibilities you gradually saw how the world really worked. Then you went to college, met some interesting people with different life experiences than your own and some of your hard held opinions changed. Every 5 years or so you reached the point of where you thought you knew more than everyone around you and then some "new" piece of information would come into your world and it would be a wake up call to show you how little you really did know.

"The wise man knows he doesn’t know. the fool doesn’t know he doesn’t know." (Lao Tzu)

Sadly there are still adults out there that did not progress past this adolescent "know it all " phase and progressed little to none with their own lives. There they are dishing out parent advice despite they themselves never had kids. They dispense martial tips although they were never married. Their 20's went by and they are still in their dead end job, not progressing, have no life concerns and pass the time by watching pointless TV or playing videos games; empty pursuits.

Dealing with a "Know It All" can be challenging since in fact they truly do believe that they do know it all, or at least want everyone to think that of them. Tip toeing on eggshells becomes an art not to shatter their frail little egos of those that have an answer to everything. Sometimes a "Yes, I understand what you are saying, but here is my opinion." may be needed to gently usher in the idea that a whole other world exists outside of a Know It All's world.

Presenting your side in a nonthreatening manner can help ease your side into the conversation. As in, Well, here's what I know." "Let me tell you what I learned about it." "This is what I've heard." Know It All's tend to stretch for more ammo and argue more even despite the fact that they may have limited knowledge regarding the topic on hand. Know-it-alls tend to be grandiose egocentrics with an inability to admit they're ever wrong. If you challenge them directly, that's where they thrive -- they'll argue relentlessly to prove their point.

Hiding behind the need to let the world know exactly how smart, how funny, how interesting or how great they are, is the need to convince themselves of their own value.

We all know the dangers of Groupthink and the stagnation that it potentially can lead to and sometimes you do need to step away from the group and think outside the box, so to speak. For example many people have their go to source for knowledge, news and information, but sometimes it is healthy to venture outside of your comfort zone and investigate alternative sources. For an example if you normally use a certain news station/website it may be wise to visit a competitor to keep yourself fresh and not become stale.


"It's what you learn after you know it all that counts."
John Wooden

(Chris Chaos is a long time resident of South Jersey who once again resides in and writes from Gloucester City, New Jersey. He is a filmmaker, a business owner, writer, urban explorer and investigator of the odd and weird, a proud parent, happily taken and a connoisseur of hot wings. Chris can be reached at AxisVideo@aol.com)

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

IDIOCRACY, The Big Bang Theory and the Dumbing Down of America

by Chris Chaos


 IDIOCRACY:
The film Idiocracy (2006) is a great commentary on the steady decline of the modern mind and society, I actually (humorously) consider this flick a social documentary. It opens with:

"As the twenty-first century began, human evolution was at a turning point. Natural selection, the process by which the strongest, the smartest, the fastest reproduced in greater numbers than the rest, a process which had once favored the noblest traits of man, now began to favor different traits.

Most science fiction of the day predicted a future that was more civilized and more intelligent. But as time went on, things seemed to be heading in the opposite direction — a dumbing down. How did this happen? Evolution does not necessarily reward intelligence. With no natural predators to thin the herd, it began to simply reward those who reproduced the most and left the intelligent to become an endangered species." [1]


Based on this, it is a slightly exaggerated  statement that the "smarter" people in the film were the ones that used their time wisely and had all the money. On the flip side the more "unintelligent" people were the ones that rushed into everything, had kids and were poor. But of course the majority of the people that see this film identify with the intelligent ones and feel that getting rid of the poor and stupid people will solve all their problems. Irony exists and possibly a double standard, if you spent your valuable time watching this movie as opposed to researching and finding a cure for cancer or solving other problems of the world, then you are part of the problem.


Link to IMDB site:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0387808/


Pop culture and its watered down knowledge and teachings is more popular than logic and science. In the movie, "Ow My Balls" is a favorite TV show and takes up all the viewers free time.

THE BIG BANG THEORY:



Currently The Big Bang Theory [2] is one of the most popular TV in the united States. I am not a big fan of the modern sitcom nor of the currently unfunny "comedy" shows that network television has to offer, but I had to see why so many people stated that it was a really good show. I watched two episodes of this show and...well, I understand that comedy taste is subjective..but...is voting against your own interests just dumb or ignorant...or both?


Much of the plot centers around the typical sitcom dramas between friends but interjects little pseudo science into the dialog to make the viewers feel a little more intelligent about themselves. This is almost as ridiculous as the viewers thinking they are know forensic police investigations after watching CSI or similar entertainment shows.

A staple in most modern sitcoms is the canned laughter (pre-recorded laughter in lieu of a real studio audience's laughter). Big Bang theory is no exception. Nothing says more than lack of Will than when being told when and what to laugh at.

THE DUMBING DOWN OF AMERICA:
Journalist Susan Jacoby stated that the denseness—“a virulent mixture of anti-rationalism and low expectations”—was more of a permanent state. Politicians have a  creeping tendency to refer to everyone—voters, experts, government officials—as “folks” is “symptomatic of a debasement of public speech inseparable from a more general erosion of American cultural standards,” she wrote. “Casual, colloquial language also conveys an implicit denial of the seriousness of whatever issue is being debated: talking about folks going off to war is the equivalent of describing rape victims as girls.” [3]

That inarticulate legacy didn’t end with George W. Bush and Sarah Palin. Barack Obama, the most cerebral and eloquent American leader in a generation, regularly plays the same card, droppin’ his Gs and dialing down his vocabulary to Hee Haw standards. His ability to convincingly play a hayseed was instrumental in his 2012 campaign against the patrician Mitt Romney; in one of their televised debates the President referenced “folks” 17 times.


The spread of willful ignorance seems to be spreading and is not isolated to high end specialized subjects. Uninformed opinion can become self destructive when embraced over logic and then passed around as fact. The internet and social media sites spread false information like herpes in the form of poor written memes and people bravely wear their ignorance as badges of honor on bumper stickers on their car. The average person seems to be in a rush to embrace the stupid and hell bent on an irrational and anti-science path.

If ignorance is contagious, it’s high time to put the United States in quarantine.

In the United States, reconciling science and religious belief remains oddly difficult. A national poll, conducted in March for the Associated Press, found that 42 per cent of Americans are “not too” or “not at all” confident that all life on Earth is the product of evolution. Similarly, 51 per cent of people expressed skepticism that the universe started with a “big bang” 13.8 billion years ago, and 36 per cent doubted the Earth has been around for 4.5 billion years.

Reading trends are not encouraging. In 1978, 42 per cent of Americans reported that they had read 11 or more books in the past year. In 2014, just 28 per cent can say the same, while 23 per cent proudly admit to not having read even one, up from eight per cent in 1978.

Less information provided to our throw away fast food consumer style general public is getting even smaller. The average length of a sound bite by a presidential candidate in 1968 was 42.3 seconds. Two decades later, it was 9.8 seconds. Today, it’s just a touch over seven seconds and well on its way to being supplanted by 140-character Twitter bursts.

The term “elitist” has become one of the most used, and feared, insults in American life. Even in the country’s halls of higher learning, there is now an ingrained bias that favors the accessible over the exacting.

The very mission of universities has changed, states Catherine Liu. “We don’t educate people anymore. We train them to get jobs.” Baby Boomers, she says, deserve most of the blame. “They were so triumphalist in promoting pop culture and demoting the canon.” [4]

With all the world's knowledge accessible to the average person, the lack of investigative skills and critical thinking has somehow only enhanced the lowest common denominators—LOL cat videos, memes and the Kardashians. Instead of educating themselves via the Internet, most people simply use it to validate what they already suspect, wish or believe to be true. Cherry picking ONLY which confirms your thoughts and ignoring conflicting facts is called confirmation bias.

[1] http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0387808/
[2] http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0898266/
[3] The Age of American Unreason by Susan Jacoby
[4]  American Idyll: Academic Antielitism as Cultural Critique

(Chris Chaos is a long time resident of South Jersey who once again resides in and writes from Gloucester City, New Jersey. He is a filmmaker, a business owner, writer, urban explorer and investigator of the odd and weird, a proud parent, happily taken and a connoisseur of hot wings. Chris can be reached at AxisVideo@aol.com)




Monday, October 12, 2015

Was the Jersey Devil Finally Videotaped/Photographed?

by Chris Chaos

Out of all the cryptids from around the world, the Jersey Devil is the one with the least amount of video, photographs and physical evidence concerning him.

Anytime news hits involving the Jersey Devil my inbox and notifications go off like crazy, especially this time of year when the activity increases due to the proximity to Halloween. I have spent the last few years, from November of 2002 till now, researching, exploring and compiling information concerning the Jersey Devil and the results will be released on October 31st, 2015 in a book medium, "THE SEARCH FOR THE JERSEY DEVIL: Revisited" and in a documentary film, "THE SEARCH FOR THE JERSEY DEVIL".

Today I received messages from multiple sources making me aware of the following two new updates to the Jersey Devil legend. One was from NJ.com and the other was from Weird NJ.

Cover of the book, "THE SEARCH FOR THE JERSEY DEVIL: Revisited"

On NJ.com's website [1], October 12th, 2015 it was reported that Dave Black of Little Egg Harbor spotted what he thought was the Jersey Devil. he snapped a few pictures but only one came out. Here is an excerpt from the story from NJ.com by Kelly Roncace:

".......Dave Black of Little Egg Harbor Township was driving home from his security guard job in Atlantic City when he saw what he thought was a llama running in and out of the trees lining the road.

"I was just driving past the golf course in Galloway on Route 9 and had to shake my head a few times when I thought I saw a llama," he wrote in his email.

What happened next is the bizarre part.

"If that wasn't enough, then it spread out leathery wings and flew off over the golf course."

Um...what?!

Black said he grabbed his cell phone and snapped off a few photos, but only one came out.

The creature quickly disappeared, he said, and left Black wondering.

"Either my mind is playing tricks on me or I just saw the Jersey Devil," he wrote.

After his encounter, Black said he stared at the photo for an hour trying to come up with an explanation for the image he had captured, before deciding to share it with NJ.com and its readers.

"Thought I'd send it in for you to share," he wrote. "I'm not looking for anything in return, just thought someone else could maybe explain this in a more rational way."

Before I could write about his experience and print the photo, I had to be sure he was sincere.

Dave Black's photo of what he claims to be of the Jersey Devil

"Yes, I swear it's not Photoshopped or a staged thing," Black responded when I asked if he was willing to let me use his name and state that the photo he sent was not manipulated in any way. "People have said it's fake, but it's not. I'm honestly just looking for an explanation for what I saw."

Being a paranormal investigator, I'm very skeptical and need proof before I believe in anything that could be considered paranormal.

The photo, if it truly has not been messed with or wasn't set up, is quite...interesting.

You can clearly see wings on the creatures back and horns on its head. Its feet are cloven and the fur is dark brown.

And it's obviously off the ground.

I don't see any wires or string holding it up like a piƱata.

However, what is it?

"The mind plays tricks on you," Black admitted. "A friend suggested that maybe it was an animal running and an owl grabbed it, the photo being a combination of them. That's still not my first instinct, but I don't know how to explain it otherwise."

His final statement on the incident was simply, "I think I saw a large, flying mammal about the size of a deer."

Weird NJ received a letter from one of their readers named Emily Martin, the following is an excerpt from the letter [2]:

“I realize this sounds crazy but I saw a red animal with a long neck and horns. I swear on my mother’s grave, this is not a joke. I pulled over to take a video and as I started filming it got on its hind legs and flew away. I am an middle school teacher but moonlight tutoring algebra for high school students. Was driving home from an appointment on Old Port Republic Rd in Leeds Point when I took this video. So excited, had to share with someone. I searched online and a few others have similar stories. Channel 12 posted a photo online of it.”

Here is Emily's VIDEO:

We are currently analyzing the above stories, photo and video and will have our opinion formed after a proper study has been taken.

1)http://www.nj.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2015/10/is_the_jersey_devil_in_galloway_township_paranorma.html#incart_river

2) http://weirdnj.com/weird-news/jersey-devil-captured-on-video/

You can purchase "THE SEARCH FOR THE JERSEY DEVIL: Revisited (book) and DVD on Amazon, at Barnes and Noble or through Axis Video.

https://www.createspace.com/5533313





For more information concerning the Jersey Devil:
www.facebook.com/TheSearchForTheJerseyDevil

(Chris Chaos is a long time resident of South Jersey who once again resides in and writes from Gloucester City, New Jersey. He is a filmmaker, a business owner, writer, urban explorer and investigator of the odd and weird, a proud parent, happily taken and a connoisseur of hot wings. Chris can be reached at AxisVideo@aol.com)

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Billy Redden: The Banjo Player from Deliverance

by Chris Chaos

Billy Redden was the young "inbred" actor that played Lonnie, the banjo in the film Deliverance. Billy was born in 1956 in Georgia and was only 15 years old when he acted in the film. The scene that Billy played in was a memorable moment in the film when he played the song Dueling Banjos with the  actor Ronny Cox.


Redden himself does not suffer from an sort of mental or physical deformity/deficiency as depicted in the film (and the book that the film was based on), although he does have a unique look that was enhanced by make up. Mike Addis, a musician local to the filming location was the one that actually played the banjo, Billy Redden did not.


The scene made an impact on all the viewers and many people when entering into small towns or a wooded area they mock the banjo scene.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myhnAZFR1po


Of Billy Redden, Jon Voight stated, "he was a boy who had a genetic imbalance – a product of his mother and his brother, I think. He was quite amazing, a very talkative fellow."

Tim Burton was intent on getting Billy Redden to play the part of a welcomer that plays the banjo for his film Big Fish. Tim Burton tracked Redden down in Georgia where he was a part owner of a cafe.


He was type cast in many appearances that capitalized on his defining role in Deliverance. Here is his IMDB page:
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0714681/

Billy Redden:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBgxdROTTrE

"I’d like to have all the money I thought I’d make from this movie. I wouldn't be working at Walmart right now.

And I’m struggling really hard to make ends meet."  Billy said Noting some locals objected to the stereotypes in the movie, Redden said that the people in Rabun County were good people:
"We’re not a bad people up here, we’re a loving people. Rabun County is a pretty good town. It’s peaceful, not a lot of crime going on, just a real peaceful town. Everybody pretty much gets along with everybody."


Deliverance is a movie that most from the generation have seen and still reference to this day. One of the other most famous lines from the film is referring to a pretty mouth:

"Mountain Man: What do you want to do now?
Toothless Man: [grinning] He got a real pretty mouth ain't he?
Mountain Man: That's the truth
Toothless Man: [to Ed] You gonna do some prayin' for me, boy. And you better pray good." [1]

and this quote has been sampled in a few songs:

Mountain Man: Now let's you just drop them pants. [2]

and then the infamous squeal like a pig scene:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qz4L1O84_I

Mountain Man: I bet you can squeal like a pig. Weeeeeeee!
Bobby: Weee!
Mountain Man: Weeeeeeee!
Bobby: Weee! [3]


For more information about Deliverance the  movie:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068473/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

[1] IMDB reference
[2] IMDB reference
[3] IMDB reference
[4] IMDB reference

(Chris Chaos is a long time resident of South Jersey who once again resides in and writes from Gloucester City, New Jersey. He is a filmmaker, a business owner, writer, urban explorer and investigator of the odd and weird, a proud parent, happily taken and a connoisseur of hot wings. Chris can be reached at AxisVideo@aol.com)