Ghost Hunters: Prescription for Fear

Ghost.Hunters S09E03 Prescription for Fear

I’ll give the Ghost Hunters one thing; they know how to make an interesting show title. With their ratings in decline, the GH crew needed something to revive interest in the GH franchise. Instead, they investigate another closed Asylum.

The Peoria Asylum is looking for some

… sound investors (local or international) and interested partners to join with us thus allowing the introduction of this amazing location to the world. We will gladly provide more information to “qualified” investors. (link)

I’m not sure what a “qualified” investor is, but after announcing that Jay and Grant are selling the Spaulding Inn, I wonder if Jay will be “qualified.”

The investigation begins as usual with a breakdown of the alleged phenomena and eyewitness accounts woven into Jay’s monologue. I found the new location interesting, but I really wanted to hear some hard challenges to the eyewitnesses and some healthy skepticism. Once again we are treated to GH’s staged driving scenes complete with examples of how not to drive. Jay both hands on the wheel, you talk with your mouth not your hands.

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I found the window picture taken by a guest (I wonder if he was a “qualified” guest?), but I wonder if I am looking at an imperfection in a window screen and the play of light on the wall? Is this a case of matrixing?

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The image of Steve rolling Jay around in a wheelchair gave me an uncomfortable thought of the future of GH. I hope that there was more to Britt and KJ’s attempt to investigate the image in the window than what we saw. I can’t believe that someone didn’t try to stand at the same location as the photographer. Simply walking into the same room and standing in the location is half-assed investigation and really gives the impression that they don’t really care about what they are doing. Britt and KJ captured an image of someone walking in the woods, but it could have been Bobo from Finding Bigfoot for all we know. If it was anything, wouldn’t the GH folks have an independent analysis?

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The line from Jason that “we’re here to help — that’s all that matters” made me laugh. It shouldn’t have, but it did.

I’m not sure that it was a prescription for fear, but it certainly was a prescription for Zzzzzzzzz.

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5 thoughts on “Ghost Hunters: Prescription for Fear”

  1. Although I’m an hour away from Peoria, the stories of Bartonville are legendary in this area. For many years, Peoria investigator Rob Conover had the lock on investigations there. He was the only one allowed and those that he brought with. The place got a whole lot of publicity after Rob took a reporter from the Peoria Journal Star out there fifteen or twenty years ago and scared the living bejesus out of him when the bouncing balls of light showed up and followed them.

    For all the hype, Ghost Hunters really didn’t get much. I was impressed with the video from the graveyard. All of the descriptions of Bookbinder that I have heard or read about describe him as clumsy and shambling in his walk. The movement of the figure in the video could easily be described as shambling.

    As always, GH is there for the slam, bam, thank-you ma’am approach to investigating. In a real investigation, you have to go many times. When you get something that you think is evidence, you have to go back and try to disprove it. GH had other video of the crew walking around the area that was taken earlier that night and they compared the two. They showed that the alleged paranormal video showed an entity that you could see the background through whereas the crew were clearly solid. That is one bit of verification, but it cannot take the place of a true recreation of the event.

    They would need to go back and try the doll with a video camera in front of it. You return to the area where you got EVPs and try to get more. In the course of half a dozen visits, you look for patterns to events that you cannot debunk. GH just doesn’t do that.

    That’s an interesting bit of news that the inn is up for sale. I’d love to be a fly on the wall to hear the story about that.

    1. You bring up an important point that just bugs the hell out of me. Paranormal TV has the opinion that we the audience are so dumb and easily distracted that we can’t handle a multi-episode investigation. I would rather see several episodes of the same location than several weeks of poor effort. I wonder what a REAL paranormal team would have done with this investigation?

      1. They could do a series, but it would cost more than GH. You’d need three or four sets of investigators. Each set would have a different site that they are investigating with repeat visits. You’d have an episode that focuses on one team at one site with a return to that site in an episode three weeks later. It would be fascinating to see the investigations evolve over time. The show that is on after GH, Ghost Mine, is actually doing a long term investigation that is really much more interesting than what they are doing on GH.

  2. I forgot to mention that Bartonville is full of asbestos and that renovations will run in the tens of millions to be able to turn it into anything commercial. The owners would certainly be delighted to have partners that could throw that kind of money into it.

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