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Movie Review – The Haunted Mansion (2003)

Nearly everybody who has visited the Disney theme parks has enjoyed the classic ghost house ride, the Haunted Mansion.

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The Haunted Mansion has been an instant hit with the park guests since the ride first opened in Disneyland back in 1969.  The later versions at Walt Disney World, Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, and Hong Kong Disneyland have all been crowd favorites as well.

It’s the Disneyland version of the ride that was the first one built and opened, and that’s also where the 2003 film The Haunted Mansion gets its reference material.

Set inside of an old and spooky mansion in the Louisiana bayou, The Haunted Mansion tells a story of a hotshot real estate agent who receives a call to visit the mansion and help sell it.  After arriving at the mansion, the Realtor and his family quickly realize that not everything is as it seems, and ghosts are very much real.

The Haunted Mansion (2003) - movie poster

The Haunted Mansion (2003) – movie poster

Directed by Rob Minkoff, The Haunted Mansion stars Eddie Murphy in the starring role of real estate agent Jim Evers.  Supporting him are Marsha Thomason as Sara Evers, Terence Stamp as Ramsley, Nathaniel Parker as Master Gracey, and Jennifer Tilly as Madame Leota.

The Haunted Mansion (2003) – (c) Buena Vista Pictures

The Haunted Mansion begins with workaholic New Orleans real estate agent Jim Evers (Eddie Murphy) closing the deal on another house.  He’s been on a role and has a hot streak selling homes this month.  Unfortunately, his strong work mentality has taken its strain on his family, and he misses a wedding anniversary between him and his wife, Sara (Marsha Thomason). Read more…

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Movie Review – The Haunting (1963)

Today we’re taking a look at The Haunting, a 1963 horror film that takes viewers into a house believed to be terrorized by ghosts and other evil spirits.

Nearly everybody has heard of an allegedly haunted home in their town or neighborhood, an old, unkept or unoccupied place where it’s said that restless spirits gather at night.  That premise is used in The Haunting where a paranormal psychologist takes a small team with him to investigate Hill House, an old home that has seen its share of death and is a place where ghosts still call home.  But are the ghosts and paranormal entities real, or is it just part of their imagination?

The Haunting (1963) – movie poster

The Haunting is a black-and-white paranormal horror film based on the book, The Haunting of Hill House.  The film was directed by Robert Wise and stars Julie Harris in the lead role of Eleanor Lance, a psychologically fragile woman who is known for having a paranormal event in her past.  Supporting her are Claire Bloom as Theodora, Richard Johnson as Dr. John Markway, and Russ Tamblyn as Luke Sanderson.

The Haunting (1963) – (c) Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

The Haunting begins as Dr. John Markway does a voiceover and tells us a brief history of Hill House.  We quickly learn that Hill House is a house that has been surrounded by death and mystery.  The house was built by Hugh Crain as a home for his wife and daughter, Abigail, in a remote part of New England.  As a carriage was bringing Hugh Crain’s young wife to the completed house, the horses were spooked and the carriage crashed against a tree, killing his wife before she could step foot into the house.

Instead of leaving, Hugh Crain and Abigail remained in Hill House.  Hugh remarried but his second wife fell down a flight of stairs in the house and died from her injuries.  Following his second wife’s death, Hugh Crain went to England where he would later die in a drowning accident, leaving Abigail with a caregiver in Hill House.

Abigail chose to continue living in the nursery throughout her years at Hill House, never changing rooms or even seeking a husband and family of her own.  Later in life she would become bed-ridden and dependent upon a young female companion from the village.  Her young companion would often sneak away and see her boyfriend while the elder Abigail slept.  One evening the companion was away when Abigail desperately needed help.  She died and the companion inherited Hill House. Read more…

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Movie Review – Evil Dead (2013)

This weekend marks the nationwide release of Evil Dead, a remake of the classic 1981 horror film, The Evil Dead.

Evil Dead takes us back to the 1980s as a small group of five friends spend some time at an old cabin in the woods.  Just like the original film, some of the people are Michigan State University students, and yes, Sam Raimi’s trademark Oldsmobile car is parked outside of the cabin.  It’s beat up, covered in weeds and other growth, and it has clearly seen better days, but that small tribute is part of this newer version of the classic horror film.

Evil Dead (2013) - movie poster

Directed by Fede Alvarez, Evil Dead stars Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas and Elizabeth Blackmore as the five friends who encounter an evil presence at an old cabin out in the woods.  2013′s Evil Dead was produced by Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell and Robert G. Tapert, all three of them being connected to the original The Evil Dead film as the writer-director, main star, and producer of the film trilogy.

Evil Dead (2013) - Captured . . . but why?

Evil Dead (2013) – (c) TriStar Pictures

Evil Dead begins with an injured young woman running through the woods.  She’s quickly captured by two men.  She later wakes up tied to a post in a building.  After her blindfold is removed, the woman is shocked that her father is one of the people who trapped her.  She pleads for her life as her father douses her with a flammable liquid, telling her how sorry he is to do so.  While he’s doing that, an older woman is reading from an old book and urging him to continue with the ritual.

The father tries to strike a match when the young woman suddenly reveals that she’s possessed.  She screams and rants at her father, taking responsibility for killing her mother.  Her father lights a match and the woman burns while still tied to a post.  After she’s burned for a few moments her father raises a shotgun and shoots her point blank in the head, killing the young woman.

Fast forward to today. Read more…

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Movie Review – Sinister (2012)

Paranormal horror films are about a dime a dozen these days.

Whether it’s some sort of demon trying to get you, “found footage” of ghosts in your house, or being possessed, this genre has been exploited in many ways recently.  While some of the films are fresh and give the audience plenty of new material, other films tend to be repeats of past ideas or concepts.  And still other films will attempt to present a fresh idea but fail miserably and get lost in the cliches.

Sinister (2012) - movie poster

That’s kind of where 2012′s paranormal horror film Sinister comes into play.

Produced as a low-budget paranormal horror film, Sinister stars Ethan Hawke as Ellison Oswalt, a true-crime author who becomes obsessed with the Super 8 mm snuff films he finds in the attic of his new home.  Fred Thompson plays the sheriff of the small town, a man who is not pleased with Oswalt’s reputation of casting police officers in a negative way.  James Ransone plays Deputy So-And-So, an eager cop who wants to help Oswalt research the material for his new book.  Rounding out the cast is Vincent D’Onofrio as Professor Jonas, a specialist in the occult who helps Oswalt understand just what is happening in his home.

Sinister (2012) - An alternate way to hang four people.

Sinister (2012) – (c) Summit Entertainment

Sinister begins with the showing of an 8mm film.  We see four people blindfolded and bound with nooses around their necks.  An unknown person cuts a massive tree branch.  The branch falls to the ground which acts as a counterweight and lifts the four people into the air, strangling them to death. Read more…

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How To Play Light As A Feather, Stiff As A Board

The game Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board has its origins dating back to the 1660s and the Great Plague of London, making this one of the oldest games / rituals that is still practiced today.

Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board involves a person lying on the floor with a group of people surrounding her.  The people place their fingers underneath the person, chant “light as a feather, stiff as a board,” and the person seems to magically lift into the air.  As long as the supporters keep their fingers underneath the person, then she’ll stay in the air.

Playing Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board is quite easy.  The game normally involves five or six people and can be performed within minutes.

How to play Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board (the simplest way):

1) Have somebody lie on the floor.  This person is “dead” and should cross their arms over their chest and remain motionless.

2) The four or five other people kneel on the floor and take a position around the “dead” person.  Normally this involves a person at the head and two people at each upper arm and two more at each upper leg.

3) Each person needs to slide the fingertips of their index fingers underneath the “dead” person — ideally around the shoulders, upper arms, and around the knees.  These spots are all surrounding the “dead” person’s center of mass and make it easier to play this game.

4) Everybody chants “light as a feather, stiff as a board” while slowly applying upward pressure with their fingertips.

5) Within moments the “dead” person’s body will magically be lifted into the air.

6) Gently set down the “dead” person.  Don’t drop him or her.

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How To Play The Midnight Man / The Midnight Game

Depending how you call it, this game / ritual is either called the Midnight Man or the Midnight Game.

The Midnight Game is a ritual that allegedly invites a spirit known as the Midnight Man into your home.  The spirit will attempt to find and capture you, but you’re supposed to stay ahead of it the whole time.  The game ends several hours later as the Midnight Man leaves your home.

To play the Midnight Game you’ll need a home that has a wooden front door.  You’ll also need to make sure that the floor is clear of obstructions as you’ll be walking around in the dark and don’t want to trip or injure yourself.

Make sure that you begin this ritual / game before midnight.  It will take at least 3.5 hours to complete.

tools needed to play the Midnight Game:

  • a large candle
  • piece of paper
  • pen or pencil
  • a box of matches or lighter
  • a container of salt (for emergency use against the Midnight Man)
  • a CLEAN needle, pin or lancet to prick your finger
  • a small bandage for your finger (optional)

How to start playing the Midnight Game :

1) Before it’s midnight, write your FULL NAME with a pen or pencil on a piece of paper.  This means your first, middle and last name.

2) Prick your finger with the needle or pin and place a drop of YOUR BLOOD onto the paper with your full name.  Allow a moment for the blood to soak into the paper.  Place a bandage onto your finger if necessary to stop the bleeding.

3) Turn off all the lights and go to your front door (remember that it must be wooden for this ritual).

4) Place the paper with your name on the floor in front of the door.  Light the candle and set it on top of the paper.

5) At the stroke of midnight, begin knocking on the door 22 times.  You MUST finish knocking before the clock reaches 12:01 am.

6) Open the front door and then blow out the candle.

7) Close the door and immediately re-light the candle.

This ritual invites the Midnight Man into your home.  Now the real part of the game begins. Read more…

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How To Play The Closet Game And Summon A Demon

At one time or another we’ve all been afraid of something in our closet, whether it’s the bogeyman, a scary monster, or whatever frightened you as a child.

How many of you still make sure that your closet door is closed when you go to bed each night?  Still a little bit afraid of what *might* be hiding in there, waiting to claim you as a victim when you’re asleep and unprotected?

The Closet Game is a paranormal urban legend that takes our natural fears of the closet and the dark to the next level.  As you read in this article’s title, the Closet Game may also have you summon a demon into your home.

The Closet Game is simple and only takes a few minutes.  As long as you can remember a brief set of instructions, and have the skills to not light your home on fire, then you should be okay.  Before you start playing, make sure that it’s dark outside and you can safely stand inside of your closet while the door is closed.  Some of you may need to do a little bit of cleaning while you’re in there.

Tools needed:  a book of matches

How to play the Closet Game:

1) Some time at night, take the book of matches into your bedroom.  Turn off the light and step into your closet.  Do NOT turn on the closet’s light at any point in this ritual.

2) Shut the closet’s door, face it, and stand still for TWO MINUTES.  No talking during this period.

3) Hold a match in front of you and say out loud, “Show me the light or leave me in darkness.”

4) Listen carefully.  Do NOT turn around.  If you hear anything, quickly light the match.  Failure to light the match fast enough after hearing whispering *may* result in a demon grabbing you from behind and dragging you into its realm of darkness.

5) Keep the match lit while you’re in the closet.  If it goes out then quickly light a second one.

6) While holding the lit match in front of you, slowly open the closet door and step out of it.  Close the door behind you.  Do NOT turn around and look behind you into the closet.

NOTE – If your heard the whispering or the match lit on its own, then you have a demon in your closet.  Always remember to have a light on in your room (on in the closet) whenever you need to go into the closet.  If you leave the closet door open at night with the lights off, then you may see a pair of glowing demon eyes watching you.

There are two obvious warnings with this ritual. Read more…

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How To Play The Bloody Mary Urban Legend

One of the most popular Halloween games is called Bloody Mary.

For those of you who don’t know, Bloody Mary is an urban legend revolving around the ghost of Queen Mary I.  And why was Queen Mary I known as Bloody Mary?  During her five-year reign as the queen, she restored the court to that of Roman Catholicism and viciously prosecuted the Protestants.  Some 280 Protestants were burned and executed during the English Reformation.

The legend of Bloody Mary may belong to that of Mary Worth, a woman of unknown origins.  Depending on where you look, Mary Worth was a witch burned at the stake hundreds of years ago, she was a mother who killed her children and then committed suicide, or she may have been a woman who was killed in a gruesome car wreck.

This is perhaps the biggest problem with the game of Bloody Mary, a ritual that has been popular since the early 1970s.  Nobody knows as a matter of fact for how to summon the spirit of the woman in a bathroom mirror.  As there are several stories behind the ritual, there are even more variations for how you’re supposed to perform it.

How to play the most common version of Bloody Mary:

1) Stand in front of your bathroom mirror.  You can be alone or have several people with you.

2) Light a candle and turn out the lights.  If there’s a window, make sure that the blinds are closed and it’s dark except for the lit candle.

3) Say the name “Bloody Mary” three times.

4) Enjoy!

Results of this ritual include seeing a woman’s face in the mirror, hearing a woman whispering behind your back, or even being scratched from a phantom hand.

Did the ritual not work for you?  Here are some common variations to playing Bloody Mary: Read more…

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How To Use An Elevator To Reach Another World

Elevators.

They’re relatively harmless devices that help people transit between floors in a building.  Thanks to elevators, buildings can reach dizzying heights and people don’t have to climb a thousand stairs.

Elevators can also be terrifying experiences for some people.

Imagine standing in a box-like item and being suspended twenty or so feet above the ground.  Your main support is a cable that attaches to the top of the elevator and runs the entire length of the elevator shaft to a counterweight.  Motors and pulleys move the counterweight, which, in turn, moves the elevator up and down the shaft.  Knowing that nothing more than a floor a few inches thick is what separates you from plummeting to your death can be rather unnerving.

Every so often you hear about an old elevator that has a severe malfunction and plunges to the basement of a building.  Such an accident is virtually impossible for the vast majority of today’s modern elevators with our rigorous safety standards, but that thought it still there in the back of your mind.

Can an elevator really transport you to another world?

But what if you’re alone on an elevator, the doors open, and you find yourself in an alternate dimension?

What if the elevator takes you to another world entirely?

An urban legend claims that by pressing a series of buttons, just such a thing is possible.

Here’s how you can allegedly transport yourself to another world in an elevator.

First of all, you have to be in a building at least ten stories tall.  Some people claim that you can actually do this in a five-story building as long as you half the directions exactly.

Second, you have to be completely alone.  If other people join you then the process will be interrupted and you have to start over again.  Obviously, you’ll want to try this during a quiet time in the building, such as late at night or on the weekend depending on the building.

Are you ready?  Here we go. Read more…

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Movie Review – Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)

Like 2009′s Paranormal Activity, 2010′s Paranormal Activity 2 was also a hit in the movie theater.

The first film was a straight-up paranormal horror film where a demon terrorized a young couple.  We knew that the young woman, Katie, had something mysterious in her part, but it really wasn’t explained.  Paranormal Activity ended with Katie being possessed by the demon and killing her boyfriend, Micah.

Paranormal Activity 2 takes place a couple of months before the events in Paranormal Activity.  The sequel stars Katie’s younger sister Kristi as she and her family are terrorized by a demon.  We learn that people can make deals with demons and exchange a first born son for wealth and power.  We also learn that Hunter, they baby boy in the film, is the first male son on Kristi’s side of the family since the 1930s.  Paranormal Activity 2 ended with Dan, Kristi’s husband, sending the demon out of Kristi’s body and to her older sister, Katie.  The next night after Katie kills Micah, she kills Dan and Kristi and then steals baby Hunter.

Paranormal Activity 3 (2011) - movie poster

Enter 2011′s spooky horror film Paranormal Activity 3.

Set mostly in 1988, Paranormal Activity 3 explains why the adult versions of Katie and Kristi are so fearful of demons and the darker side of spirits.  We see clips from a collection of VHS tapes and learn more about the family’s past along with the girls’ connection to a certain demon.

Directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, Paranormal Activity 3 stars Chris Smith as Dennis, Lauren Bittner as Julie, Chloe Csengery as Katie, Jessica Tyler Brown as Kristi, Dustin Ingram as Randy, and Hallie Foote as Grandma Lois.  The film also brings back Katie Featherston as Adult Katie, Sprague Grayden as Adult Kristi, and Brian Boland as Daniel.

Paranormal Activity 3 (2011) - A box of old VHS tapes.

Paranormal Activity 3 (2011) – (c) Paramount Pictures

Paranormal Activity 3 begins in 2005 as Daniel (Brian Boland) records himself and Kristi (Sprague Grayden) preparing the nursery for the unborn baby Hunter.  Katie (Katie Featherston) is visiting the home, and at some point she drops off some boxes of old VHS tapes.  She claimed that they were in Grandma Lois’s possession for the longest time, and Katie acquired them after Grandma Lois died.  Katie, in turn, is passing them to Kristi.  It’s not mentioned if Katie has viewed the tapes or not.

About a year later the family is out having fun and their home is ransacked.  Nothing of value was taken.  In this film it’s revealed that the box of VHS tapes was stolen by the mysterious intruder.  Perhaps something interesting was on those tapes . . .

Paranormal Activity 3 jumps back in time to September of 1988 as we begin to preview those lost VHS tapes.  Katie (Chloe Csengery) is celebrating her birthday and there’s a big party for the girl.  We meet her mother Julie (Lauren Bittner) along with her new boyfriend Dennis (Chris Smith).  Dennis is the main person behind the camera in this film.  We also meet Katie’s younger sister Kristi (Jessica Tyler Brown) along with Grandma Lois (Hallie Foote).

Dennis works as a film editor and has an editing studio in the house’s basement.  He and his partner Randy primarily film weddings and compose souvenir videos for the family.  We later learn that he doesn’t make a whole lot of money with his business. Read more…

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Movie Review – Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)

The spectacular success of 2009′s hit scary movie, Paranormal Activity, could mean only one thing.

It’s time for a sequel.

Paranormal Activity 2 continues the story that was established with a demon haunting Katie and Micah from the first Paranormal Activity film.

Paranormal Activity 2 (2010) - movie poster

As we see, about 95% of the events in PA2 actually take place a few months prior to the haunting and possession and then Micah’s murder in Paranormal Activity.  We learn more about the history of Katie and Kristi, and perhaps there’s much more to the hauntings than we previously believed.

Directed by Tod Williams, Paranormal Activity 2 continues with the “found footage” style of filmmaking used in this first film.  In addition to a hand-held video camera, the footage in PA2 also includes the footage recorded from the home’s video surveillance system.  Paranormal Activity 2 stars Sprague Grayden as Kristi Rey, Brian Boland as her husband, Dan Rey, and Molly Ephraim plays the role of Dan’s teenage daughter Ali.  Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat reprise their roles as Katie and Micah from the first film.

Paranormal Activity 2 (2010) - The door to Hunter's nursery.

Paranormal Activity 2 (2010) – (c) Paramount Pictures

Paranormal Activity 2 begins in August of 2006 with the birth of Hunter Rey to the proud parents of Dan Rey (Brian Boland) and his wife, Kristi (Sprague Grayden).  Dan records footage of his new son along with his family moving into their new home in Carlsbad, California.  It’s a joyous event and the family, including Dan’s teenage daughter Ali (Molly Ephraim), seem pleased with the new home, especially the pool and hot tub. Read more…

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Ouija Boards – Making Contact With The ‘Other Side’

Ouija boards have been around for generations.

Some people say that the spirit boards are just harmless fun, something kids can use to scare each other.  After all, they ARE sold in Toys “R” Us stores amongst other places.

Other people claim that Ouija boards can open a portal and be used to speak with deceased relatives and other spirits.

And still other people are fearful of the boards, claiming that they should be destroyed immediately.  Opening a portal and attempting to communicate with the other side can have tremendous consequences in this world and the next.

But does it really work?  Can you actually speak with spirits through something like a Ouija board?

One version of a Ouija board and a planchette.

A Ouija board is simply an ordinary board with the words “yes” and “no,” drawings of the sun and the moon, the alphabet, the numbers zero through nine, and the word “good bye.”  Some versions also include “hello,” but that isn’t as common.  The people participating in the spirit board sit around the board and place a finger on a device known as a planchette.  Planchettes can be a variety of items from a plastic or wooden game piece to a shot glass or even a coin.  While everybody is touching the planchette, the spirit on the other side is supposed to move the planchette around the Ouija board in response to questions asked out loud.

A 1991 TV commercial for the Ouija board.

The biggest question is, is somebody in the group intentionally moving the planchette and acting as the “spirit”? Read more…

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Movie Review – Paranormal Activity (2007/09)

It’s not uncommon to hear mysterious creaks and groans in a house at night.

Homes often “settle” at night, making odd noises as the structure cools and slightly shrinks in size.  Generally the older the home, then the more likely it is to make noises.  This can be further compounded with squeaky floors and stairways.  If a person were to climb out of bed and walk around the house in the middle of the night, those sounds may inadvertently echo throughout the entire home.

But what if those mysterious noises have something else to them?  What if you hear scratching sounds on the walls or disembodied footsteps walking down the hallway?  What if lights would suddenly turn themselves on and off, or things of that nature?

And here’s the kicker.  Would you have the guts to videotape yourself sleeping at night and seeing if there’s anything, anything at all, making those strange sounds?

Paranormal Activity (2007) - movie poster

That’s basically the premise of 2007′s hit supernatural thriller, Paranormal Activity.  (NOTE — Although the movie was made back in 2007, it was NOT released nationwide until the fall of 2009.)

Paranormal Activity is a low-budget horror film that uses the “found footage” genre made famous by films such as The Blair Witch Project and more recent films such as Apollo 18, Chronicle and Project X.  We see places and locations as they were seen through the eyes of the characters.  There’s no evidence of a film crew making a full-length movie.  The main actors are unknowns in Hollywood, making the reality-style film that much more effective on the audience.

Paranormal Activity (2007) - Meet Katie and Micah.

Paranormal Activity (2007) – (c) Paramount Pictures

Paranormal Activity is set in San Diego, California in the fall of 2006.  We meet Katie and Micah, a semi-wealthy boyfriend and girlfriend that live alone in a moderate house.  Micah works at home as a day trader, and Katie is a full-time student at a local college.  The two of them enjoy a quiet lifestyle until things literally start going bump in the night. Read more…

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An Interesting Experience Early This Morning

Have you ever had a dream experience that you could swear was so real that you intentionally woke yourself so it would end?

Perhaps from a nightmare?

That’s kind of what happened to me early this morning, but the strangest part is what happened after I woke up.

Sometimes events just cannot be explained with our current knowledge of the universe.

Lately I’ve been restless at night, often waking up several times before the alarm clock.  For the past few days I would wake up an hour before my alarm sounded, immediately fall back asleep, and during that last hour have the most vivid dreams of the night, many of which turned into a nightmare of one form or another.

But last night was different as I was from what I believe to be sound asleep all night.  That is, until 7 am when the experience began. Read more…

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“Destination Truth” – Ghosts of the Great Wall and the Israeli Mermaid

The latest episode of Destination Truth had the team investigating reports of paranormal activity along part of the Great Wall of China, and then hunting for evidence of a mermaid that is said to live along part of Israel’s coastline.

Ghosts of the Great Wall:

I don’t know if it was just me, but the first half of the episode was pretty weak.

The show started off with the usual reality show format, showing Josh and the gang heading off to China and doing all of the “fish out of water” jokes.  It’s interesting when the show goes to exotic locations, but it needs to focus more on the actual investigation and less about how different the location and people compare to back home in the States.

Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China

The problem with ghost hunting (as proven by all ghost hunting and paranormal shows on TV), is that you really need solid visual evidence to convince the skeptics that spirits can exist in that format.  Seeing mysterious shadows out of the corner of your eye and having feelings of being touched, grabbed or pushed make for some great storytelling, but that’s just it.  Stories.  Not concrete proof. Read more…

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“Destination Truth” – Ghosts of Masada and The Leprechaun

Last night saw the return of the Season 3 episodes for Destination Truth.

For the first half of the episode, the investigative team headed to Israel and conducted paranormal research at Masada, a site of mass suicide during the First Roman-Jewish War.  The ancient fortress high on the steep plateau made it an isolated and protected spot on the edge of the Judean Desert.  After this, the episode had the team heading to western Ireland in search of the mythological leprechaun.  The team spent a night in a forest, hunting for the small but fast creatures.

As a whole, the investigation at Masada was much more entertaining than looking for leprechauns in Ireland.

Ghosts of Masada:

The investigation at Masada started out great as the team headed to Jerusalem, Israel.  It was fascinating seeing some of the sights, and of course, taking a stroll through one of the markets.  After Jerusalem, the team made a stop at the famous Dead Sea before proceeding to Masada. Read more…

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One Week and Counting . . .

. . . until the premier of the second half of season three for Destination Truth.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I can’t wait to see more adventurous episodes where the team explores exotic locations and searches for the truth regarding cryptozoology and the paranormal.

Last Fall’s mid-season finale, “The Bhutan Yeti,” was one of the best episodes of the show yet!  The trip to the Kingdom of Bhutan was awesome enough, but the evidence captured of the elusive Yeti was quite fascinating.  It seemed that enough evidence was collected to warrant a second and longer trip to that region and resuming the hunt.

The episode listing for the remaining season three episodes look pretty interesting.  A handful of them deal with paranormal topics, while the remainder hunt for cryptozoological creatures.  The only disappointment right now is that there are only six more episodes for the rest of this season.  An addictive show like this certainly deserves a much bigger budget and longer production schedule. Read more…

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“Extreme Paranormal” – Another Ghost Show on TV

The other night saw the premier of Extreme Paranormal, yet another ghost hunting show to premier on a cable TV channel.  This one can be seen on A&E along with Paranormal State.

So what exactly is Extreme Paranormal?

Apart from the documentary-style of the supposedly investigative show, I would best classify Extreme Paranormal as a cross between Ghost Lab and Ghost Adventures.

The unique angle in this new show is the usage of an expert in the occult, and said person is there to basically help stir up paranormal activity.

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Dan - October 21, 2009 at 6:01 pm

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“Ghost Hunters” – Fort Henry

The latest episode of Ghost Hunters involved the investigation team doing a full investigation of Fort Henry in Kingston, Canada.  The entire episode was dedicated to investigating the historic fort.

Perhaps a better name for this episode would have been “Spooky Sounds and Scary Doors.”

The episode itself wasn’t bad, and the moving door caught on camera was certainly interesting.

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Dan - October 15, 2009 at 3:14 pm

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“Ghost Lab” – Tombstone

Tonight’s new episode of Ghost Lab involved a multi-day investigation into paranormal activity within the town of Tombstone, Arizona.

Tombstone, as we all know, was one of many “wild west” towns that had its share of violence and mayhem.  The town reached stardom (or rather infamy) as it was the site of the famous shootout at the O.K. Corral back in 1881.

The various spots in Tombstone have also been investigated by the crews from Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures.  From what I recall, neither of those two shows had any significant, credible evidence of the paranormal.

So now it’s time for the investigation team from Ghost Lab to give it a shot.

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Dan - October 14, 2009 at 12:50 am

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