Syfy drops Ghost Hunters

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Let’s be honest, we’ve all seen this one coming haven’t we?  Will this be the end of Ghost Hunters? I doubt it.

There is still a lot of interest in the paranormal and para-entertainment.If the Ghost Hunter show isn’t picked up by another channel, I wouldn’t be surprised to see it return as a special of some sort. Can you say Halloween special … How about books?   LMAO.

At any rate, I want to thank the Ghost Hunter franchise for the years of entertainment.

Ghost Adventures and GHI have twitter fight.

zak-eyes-1It seems that Zak Bagans and Robb Demarest don’t like each other. Both Bagans (GA) and Demarest (GHI) had a hissy fit on twitter.

Zak Bagans said, of Robb Demarest, “Ive never had more issues with people talking shit than ppl from Ghost Hunters Intl… Failed TV Show and these wannabes wanna talk shit LMFAO” […] “Paranormal “1-hit wonders” like @RobbDemarest that had a failed TV Show miss the fame so they bash the GAC… don’t think so dork GET A LIFE”

Demarest tried to settle the dust-up with, “Just because I have an opinion does not always mean I have to share it. Lesson learned. That means I owe a certain someone a big ol’ hug!”

I think both gentlemen need to cut back on the steroids. Especially you Zak!  It seems all that you need to be a paranormal expert is a black t-shirt and an enormous ego.

Ghost Hunters International: The Final Season

Ghost Hunters International: The Final Season
will be available for purchase as a DVD August 27th and a lot of people are unhappy about it. Many fans felt that the Syfy channel’s reluctance to say that GHI was cancelled meant that GHI would/could return to TV. Sadly, that idea or hope was dashed with the title on the DVD’s cover “The Final Season.” Sorry True Believers — surprise (if you had read Gnostalgia more often you wouldn’t have been so surprised).

Still others, in the True Believers category, are upset by the label “actor” assigned by Amazon and other retailers by the star’s names.  Wake-up and smell the coffee, retailers have been labeling the ghost hunters as actors for years.

The packaging of the DVD is very odd. It is some sort of moon photoshop-effect with a partial cast. For reasons only Syfy knows, Paul Bradford and Scott Tepperman were dropped from the cover? Bradford is having trouble finding anyone who will admit to approving the cover, “Ive now written to both @Pilgrim_Studios and @SyFy in regards to the GHI Final Season DVD Cover…. Someone has to have Okay’d this….”

GHI was a “red meat” paranormal show for me; I loved to tear into that show and give it a good shake. Frankly, a paranormal investigation requires more than just a few days and their conclusions, based on these brief investigations, were woefully simplistic. Having said that, I think the locations were eye-popping beautiful. I’d love to visit those locations. The bones of a good show are there; I think that the execution, for a myriad of reasons, was lacking.

Southwest Teaser Trailer

Missing Ghost Hunters International? Hate that the show has been cancelled?

If this teaser is to be believed, and it smells a little like a hoax, Barry Fitzgerald, Paul Bradford, and Scott Tepperman will have roles in a movie called Southwest. At any rate, give it a look and see what you think?

Starbucks Barista joins Ghost Hunters

A Starbucks Barista, Ashley Troub, will join the Ghost Hunters team Sept. 26th in the episode “Don’t Feed the Apparitions”. Ashey lists her education on Facebook (link) as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. She is a freelance makeup artist and a member of the East Ventura Paranormal Society.

I imagine that a former barista will come in handy during those late night investigations. Fortunately for Ashley, she has Steve and Tango from the now defunct Ghost Hunters Academy to train her.  I guess that Pilgrim and Syfy couldn’t bring in someone from the Ghost Hunters International show because that would admit that GHI has been cancelled.

Personally, I would have preferred an adult woman but I understand why GH feels the need to sex the show up. I suspect the the show will become more … ahem… entertaining.

Ghost Hunters S08E14: Camp Fear

In this episode, GH visits Camp Rutledge in Georgia and has  a house-call in Marion, North Carolina.  Once again, Jason starts with a monologue which seems to be the new template for the show. I liked it and I hope that GH keeps this new change.

The episode was titled “Camp Fear” and kicked off with an investigation of Camp Rutledge, Georgia. Personally, I’m of the opinion that if a vacation location creeps you out — don’t go back. Having said that, I enjoyed watching the team work and there were several laughs that reminded me of the early seasons of Ghost Hunters.

Steve’s bug-dance was priceless and watching the large bug crawl up Tango’s arm was vintage Ghost Hunters. On the downside, Britt’s experiment with wet footprints was all wet. If you don’t know what the humidity, heat, or airflow  was on the day of the sighting, how can you seriously determine evaporation rates? Are we to assume that only the kids feet were wet? Are we to assume it was even water *evil grin*?

The team captured some odd lights, they spot eyes, and collect an evp that may say, “Trust me.” The lights could have been anything from fireflies to Bigfoot hunters. Maybe Matt Moneymaker and Bobo were wandering about? I wondered why the team didn’t use the FLIR or did they and it was edited out of the show? Wouldn’t the FLIR have answered many of the questions of what was making noise and eye-shine in the woods? The segment made me think of several outdoor GHI investigations, and though I didn’t feel that it was a solid investigation, it had it’s entertaining moments.

Ghost Hunters boxers
Ghost Hunters boxers

I was happy to see a home investigation again. I remember a time when helping people made up the majority of GH’s investigations before they became so commercial and their investigations became infomercials for ghost tour locations. The team focused on a piece of furniture that was connected to a deceased member of the Leverette family. I wondered if the GH team would pull a Zaffis on the lady and remove the furniture, but the lady seemed happy that the haunting may be a relative. She was comforted by the thought that an evp allegedly said, “I don’t mean to scare Sophie”.

All in all, the show wasn’t too bad except for the post-production sound effects. What was once annoying is now making the show hard to hear. To the post-production people — less is more.

GHI: Hell’s Gate: Canada or series finale?

It looks as though GHI went out not with a bang but with a rolling cigarette. In what is probably the last episode of Ghost Hunters International, the team visits Lower Fort Garry in Manitoba and Hell’s Gate British Columbia. Both locations are freaking beautiful, I really enjoyed the site tours. Having said that I wish GHI had taken a moment to mention that Fort Garry hosts haunted tours (link).

Is this the end of GHI?

In the Fort Garry segment, the team hears the usual odd noises. However, I would find it even more creepy if an old location like that had no sounds. I got a bit of a chuckle when Paul decided to build a fire and use the blacksmiths’ tools. Wouldn’t that have been a memorable ending for the series, with the haunted location going up in flames. Having said that, it seemed to me that Paul was stepping up his game with trigger objects while the rest of the team seemed to almost sleep-walk through the show.I’m a little troubled with the doll’s hair that had seemed to move. Why didn’t we have some video?

Next the team traveled to Hell’s Gate. Once again, we are treated to some fantastic eye-candy with that beautiful location. Almost in contrast to the awesome location, the GHI team was less than stellar. The highlight was a cigarette used as a trigger object and it was seen to move on a table. Maybe it’s just me but I rolled my eyes at what seemed to be obvious hoaxing. To me, it looked as though someone blew on the cigarette forcing it to roll up the table then gravity took over and it rolled down the table.  I wondered if the table was picked because it wasn’t level or did the GHI crew put something under one leg of the table? I blame shenanigans like this for the demise of the show.

Although quotes from Kris like “bears like honey, right?” may have been a contributing factor. Speaking of Kris she has a new gig video blogging for ancestry.com. I guess that is based on her experience as a historical researcher.

If you want Syfy to continue GHI, there is a petition started (link). Having said that, I don’t think that the Syfy channel is motivated by what the fans want.

Ghost Hunters International: Ghoul School: American Samoa

This week the GHI team traveled to American Samoa to investigate a ruined girl’s school. I wonder if the visit is in an effort to turn the location into a paranormal tourist attraction? The team arrived in true Destination Truth style, an old purple bus. I guess that’s the plan for future tourists to the location.

Kris and Barry see some shadows. They see movement in the woods and a white figure. Kris is weirded out by the sound of crickets and they hear a growl. Barry raises his voice and the crickets stop. Kris speaking to the king spirit says, “If crickets are the best you can do, that’s pretty lame”. Her taunt is followed by an immediate down pour of rain.

Paranormal? I don’t think so. The movement was probably wind gusts from the approaching rain. The crickets? That is pretty much how they behave in my neck of the woods. The growl? Thunder in the distance?

My laugh of the night came when Paul went all Lizzie Borden on a bamboo stalk. Either it was a tough stalk or a dull machete, but Paul had a very hard time chopping it down. I got a chuckle at Joe Chin seeing glowing eyes in the jungle. Joe, for future reference, there are animals in the jungle.

Of course, the gift that keeps on giving, Susan “look at me” Slaughter had to be the center of attention again. This week something poked—caressed—groped her “BEE-HIND”. Her description changed over time, but I think she settled on groped. At least she didn’t have to open a vein to get attention.

The team managed to collect some evps and light anomalies. Having said that, the anomalies may have been camera problems. All in all, this wasn’t one of their better shows.

Ghost Hunters International: Sacrificed Mayan Spirits: Belize

In this episode, GHI returns to Belize to investigate the Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins. I can’t understand why the producers of the show want us to believe that the team traveled to France (last episode) only to return to Belize? You would think that a show like GHI would be a little more honest. At any rate, it is a minor complaint.

I loved the tour of the Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins and I would like to have seen more of it. I really couldn’t understand the show’s fixation with sacrifice and blood-letting. I guess the producers felt that the blood-letting angle would attract more viewers?

Of course, the star of the show Susan “look at me” Slaughter had to be the center of attention and participate in a blood-letting ritual. I couldn’t help but think of the now defunct paranormal show Extreme Paranormal, who buried a team member alive, cut bars, and set fire to a floor. Was Susan’s bloodletting a jump the shark moment?

Barry seemed so involved with Susan’s ritual that he appeared to have momentarily lost control of his team. Scott and Paul were wondering around doing solo investigations. Joe and Kris stayed together, I guess their old Ghost Hunter training kept them paired.

The best evidence collected was an evp that said, “Pedro’s not here.” I guess its a good thing that ancient Mayans speak English. Having said that, I really couldn’t understand it without the text at the bottom of the screen.

About the blood-letting Kris tweets, “F**king Stupid”, “Looks like might be the only sane person in this group tonight.”, “Investigators should also take in consideration the kids at home watching”, “Love you guys and apologize for tonight’s madness.”.

Jason Hawes tweeted, “I spoke against it when other show did the same. People need to think about kids who may watch& try what they see. I’m with @KrisWilliams81“, “I Agree with u Kris. We would have never. RT @KrisWilliams81: Investigators should also take in consideration the kids at home watching.”

While Kris may complain about blood-letting rituals in paranormal investigations and setting bad examples for children, I have to wonder if she thinks wearing a seat belt improperly sets a good example for children?

Forget safety! Let’s not hide the goods behind a seat belt!