A former NYPD cop turned exorcist and his wife have been filmed trying to cleanse a New York home of an “evil spirit” whose residents claim is tormenting a child.
Chris DiFlorio and his wife, Harmony, race to the Brooklyn property after being told that a seven-year-old boy named Javier has suffered multiple terrifying encounters at the hands of the entity.
In a promotional advertisement for a film about the incident, titled “It’s Coming,” Javier sees with a shudder: “The guy has long legs…he’s black.
“I think what he wants to do to me is kill me… because he never leaves… I think I’m going to die.”
Married demonologist Chris and Harmony have been sent to the Williamsburg address at the request of director Shannon Alexander, whose film about exorcism efforts will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on Hot Doc on April 29.
Javier, 7, is seen in the clip talking with demonologist Chris DiFlorio, who tells the boy that the paranormal activity he’s playing with isn’t your friend.
Chris DeFlorio and his wife, Harmony, were filmed trying to rid the Williamsburg home of the evil spirits that have taken over their home and the young boy who lives there.
“When my hormones and I heard that a baby was involved, we pretty much ran,” Chris told DailyMail.com.
Director Shannon Alexander reached out to DiFlorio in August 2022 while he was filming a documentary about the family, which was originally set to be about sleep paralysis.
While filming, they said they began to experience strange paranormal activity happening – audible voices, and Big black shadow figures are roaming the house.
When Shannon called, it was obvious to me that he was a little shaken by the footage he was shooting.
DeFlorio said Alexander told him after reviewing the footage that he had seen orbs and heard strange noises that he hadn’t caught when he was filming.
Meanwhile, Javier’s family, frightened by the troubled boys’ claims that the ghost was targeting the young man, seek help which leads to a visit from Chris.
When the property shook, Chris said he immediately felt like something was off.
“It’s something you can’t explain in words but it’s a feeling you never forget after the first time you experience it,” he said.
The spirit played a warped game with Javier, Chris said, initially trying to befriend the boy and play games – only to threaten him to kill the child, allegedly.
Special equipment was deployed, which Chris claims confirmed his suspicions.
“There was no delay in capturing outlines and mapping the soul on my device,” he said. “Alarms were going off on devices programmed to pick up power in that local area.”
Chris begins his regular practice of reading Catholic prayers in hopes of driving away negative spirits – but he soon hits a snag.
When I began to read the prayers, the harmony felt sick. She began to feel dizzy and nauseous..symptoms that she always feels in the presence of evil.
He claimed that he began to experience physical attacks – internal attacks that Chris claims are caused by ghosts, which he says are directed at attacking the mind and causing confusion and distraction.
“The words I was reading became difficult to pronounce even though they were right there on the page,” he said.
At one point he said he had to pause to his wife’s annoyance that her husband might be in trouble. But, Catholic prayers continued and exorcisms from the house were included. He said that while he was reading the Bible, activities were happening in the house.
“A demonic entity can walk with its hand because the only thing it hates is anything sacred and anything from God,” he said. “This is where you lack control and it will reveal itself,” he said.
The footage shows the mother sharing her fears of this dark entity: “I woke up to a man dressed in black standing at the foot of my bed,” she said. I heard Javier’s sister say, “There was a strange little sister and on the right side of me I saw a black shadow near the wall.”
When I began to read the prayers, the harmony felt sick. She began to feel dizzy and nauseous..symptoms that she always feels in the presence of evil
DiFlorio said the boy’s mother, who claims to have started seeing spirits as a child, began shouting that “many more are coming,” and was not happy about the presence of the ghost-busting duo.
The mother claims she saw a poltergeist walking toward Harmony in one part of the room, and DeFlorio said he made a “quick decision” to summon him and dare her to approach him instead of his wife.
“This was the moment I realized that not only was the family in danger, but that my wife and I were now also being targeted,” he said.
The director told DailyMail.com that he “didn’t plan for this story to unfold in the same way”.
He said the story was initially about sleep paralysis but developed into the family the demon suffers from.
It was an accumulation of strange things that I finally decided weren’t a coincidence. The lights cut out and strange shadowy figures moved across the screen.
I saw the camera and audio equipment going towards Ashley almost attacked her.
“While playing and editing the footage there were hissing and voices recorded that sounded demonic.”
Ashley, mother of five, is seen in the hallway of her apartment, as she claims a demonic spirit has been infecting her family
Ashley is seen outside her home in the housing project on the Bushwick-Williamsburg border
He claimed that the first time he encountered paranormal activity was when he was interviewing Ashley’s 13-year-old daughter, Selina while she was standing in the hallway of the family’s home.
The teen claimed to have seen these shadowy figures before, and the same activity occurred when he was talking to Javier, though not as vocalized as he said he was.
The home, which is an apartment in a housing development on the border of Bushwick and Williamsburg, has been in the Ashleys’ husbands’ family for generations.
He said that every time the family left the house, the spirits would follow Ashley. Once it started affecting children, Alexander said, he looked up an exorcist or demonologist and found Chris.
The trailer continues with the boy’s mother saying, “I woke up to a man dressed in black standing at the foot of my bed.”
As Javier’s terrified sister says, “There was a strange smell and on the right side of me I saw a black shadow near the wall.”
And before the movie ends, DiFlorio is seen sitting the little boy down and telling him that this entity is “not your friend.”
Chris urged anyone who wanted to know how the execution was carried out to watch the full movie.