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‘24 Hours in Hell’ TV series filmed in Lehighton

The doors creak. The walls speak. Fear grips them by their throats. Can they survive ’24 Hours in Hell?”

A new TV series is being produced at the 180-year-old Waldorf Estate “Hell House” in Lehighton where legend has it that a man named Oliver Sommersby, who had built the hotel on farmland, murdered more than 25 men, women, and children during a 10-year spree that had begun in 1929.

His tale of terror ended one night when a father entered the Waldorf Estate Hotel looking for his young daughter.

He found her mutilated body in the attic right next to a grinning Oliver Sommersby. As the man came closer, Oliver lunged and stabbed him in the heart. With a rage of adrenalin, the man pulled the knife from his body and plunged it into Oliver. They both died in mixing pools of blood on the floor.

The Sommersby tale is not the reason medium psychic and paranormal investigator, Laurissa Rex came to research the Waldorf. The legend has yet to be proven,” she said.

“We’re producing a series that reveals the truth. The Waldorf Hotel is haunted for certain.”

The eight episodes will feature popular actor, Santiago Cirilo, known for his role as Julio in the acclaimed TV series, “The Walking Dead.” Also in the series is David Childers from the Travel Channel’s “Paranormal Revenge.” Filling out the cast and crew are Angela Moyer, Sarah Grim, Rex, and her husband, Allen Rex Jr.

Production began in January and the next shoot is planned for June 29. Equipped with paranormal technology, two teams of six investigators each will be assigned on different dates to spend 24 hours in separate rooms in the house. As they work to identify non-physical activity, their levels of fear will be significantly tested beginning with what Laurissa Rex says are loud growls from inside the hotel. Waldorf is currently owned by Country Junction and is a popular Halloween attraction

“The growling is from spirits that are not human, but there’s human spiritual activity going on in the house. too. Those findings will be revealed in the TV series to our viewers.”

Asked if she can ignore her fear of the Waldorf to do her investigation, she replied, “Absolutely not, I’m terrified of the place. I say to all the skeptics that I served in the Army and my husband in the Marines. We’re trained to deal with reality. This hotel does not hide its haunts. The people that enter the building become very afraid and not everyone was able to stay in the hotel for the full 24 hours during our production.”

Rex is the founder of Palmerton Area Research Alliance. She said she’s is not dismissing the possibility that the legend of Oliver Sommersby might actually be fact.

“In the paranormal world, we call it an egregore, that thoughts can come to be real in the form of spirits.”

The first of three premieres of “24 Hours in Hell,” before it hits broader platforms in 2025, will be privately screened at the Estate’s Interchange Road location on appropriately Friday, Sept. 13. Tickets are available to the public and can be purchased by calling 610-360-8281.

“The intensity of the egregores, poltergeists, shadow people, elementals, and portals increases every year due to the high energy levels in the house,” said Rex. “The hauntings affect each individual differently. The house appears to haunt each person in a distinctive manner.”

Rex, who is also the CEO of Third Eye Event Productions, said her favorite scary movie is “The Exorcist.”

“Exorcisms are real,” she said, “and the number performed each year is increasing as is the number of locations with paranormal activities.”

Rex suggests watching the trailer for “24 Hours in Hell” to see what activity has been happening so far.

She adds, “The TV series delves into the historical background and authentic paranormal occurrences at this unique location, backed by four years of paranormal research.”

One might doubt that the Waldorf Estates Hotel is haunted or even scary. Ask Laurissa Rex and she would reply, “Come and find out for yourself.”

A new TV series is being produced at the 180-year-old Waldorf Estate “Hell House” in Lehighton. TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO
Laurissa Rex
Allen Rex Jr.