Haunted Collector Cancelled

Maybe Zaffis will add tapes of his defunct show to his haunted museum? The Haunted Collector show on the Syfy channel is as dead as the ghosts that it purported to investigate.

To be honest, I don’t know why the show lasted as long as it did. If you missed the show, you really didn’t miss a lot. Zaffis and company allegedly “collected” allegedly possessed possessions. I really had the vibe that Zaffis “salted” or “planted” some of these allegedly possessed items. Even the first episode, when Zaffis found a gun a gun but never thought to contact the police, red flags went up on the show. Later Zaffis seemed attracted to valuable items in a person’s house as “possessed items” that needed to be moved to the safety of his museum. Much of the show seemed staged and I really didn’t find it entertaining.

I guess that TV always boils down to one thing —- entertainment. Zaffis’ show simply wasn’t entertaining.

Ghost Hunters International: The Final Season

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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.

Review: Life After Death Project

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The “Life After Death Project” will play in the wee hours of May 16th on the Syfy channel. It is a documentary by Paul Davids exploring the odd and mystifying occurrences following the death of the beloved Forrest J Ackerman.

 http://www.lifeafterdeathproject.com

Life After Death Project
Product Description
A mesmerizing CSI-caliber quest for proof of life after death. Four NY Times best-selling authors, three science professors and three mediums investigate astonishing evidence in the true case of “After Death Communication” (ADC) from Sci-Fi luminary Forrest J Ackerman

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Forrest J Ackerman at his Ackermansion, 1990 – Permission granted to copy, publish, broadcast or post but please credit “photo by Alan Light” if you can (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Let me say that I loved the old magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland. I had a stack of them in my college dorm room and I’m sure that my room-mate was concerned when he moved in with me. Like “Uncle Florry,” I have a love of those old “B” sci-fi and horror movies. In fact it was Forrest J Ackerman who coined the term “sci-fi”.

The documentary builds a case with the aid of psychics, physical evidence, and first-hand stories, that Ackerman is communicating after death. A real head-scratcher was the odd obliteration of the words on Paul Davids’ schedule. I liked the scientific testing of the paper and the ink. Of course, it would be nothing more than a strange and unexplainable event if it were not for the connection with the name associated with Ackerman.

As the documentary played out, I couldn’t help but feel that Davids , friends, and fans of Ackerman were stretching the evidence to be proof. Not every odd clock chime or misplaced alarm clock is a sign from beyond.

I want to believe that “Uncle Florry” is still around playing jokes on friends and fans, but I came away with a lot of doubt. The only thing that I am sure of is that Forrest J Ackerman was (is) loved.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this DVD set free from Warwick Associates. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Syfy or the paranormal channel?

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Syfy or the paranormal channel?

Tonight Syfy will give us a southern paranormal show called Deep South Paranormal. I’m stunned! Whatever happened to my idea for bikini ghost hunts? Oh well!

My fear would be that the show devolves into a fiasco bashing southerners and would go out of it’s way to present southerners in a bad light. I really don’t think that we need a Honey Boo Boo of the paranormal.

That being said, it looks as though the Syfy channel has decided to double down on it’s paranormal shows.  Ghost Mine has just been given the green light for another season. They will also create, or rerun, a show called Dead FamousDead Famous was a program that aired 2004-06 and attempted to contact dead celebrities. No word yet if it is a rehash of the same show or something new?

Joe Rogan Questions Everything will start July 16. As you can tell from the title Joe Rogan will investigate the paranormal.

/fnord I am off to my Illuminati meeting to gather more disinformation /fnord

Ghost Hunters S09E05 All Ghosts On Deck

The TAPS team visits the great state of Kentucky — again. In this case, they investigate the The Belle of Louisville, a great old steamboat. While it is another infomercial for paranormal tourists, I couldn’t help but love the boat and hope to visit it one day.

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I guess my first issue is that while waving his hands around as he drives (Dude, talk with your mouth and not your hands while you drive!) Jason replies, “I don’t know” to a question of murder. I’d like to have heard him say, Steve nothing suggest murder and to pose the question is disrespectful to his family. Of course, this is para-tainment as opposed to a real investigation.

To me, the most entertaining part of this episode of GH was listening to Jason struggle with his monologue. Clearly, he didn’t write it nor spent much time rehearsing it. Perhaps another indication that the cast and crew are going through the motions and seem tired of doing the show. It begs the question, do poor ratings cause the lack of enthusiasm (1.11 million viewers and only a 0.3 in the 18-49 age range ) of the cast, or does lack of enthusiasm of the cast cause poor ratings?

I shook my head in disbelief when Adam didn’t know the sounds of his own equipment. You would think after being on the show as long as he has that he would know every chirp, whistle, hum, and buzz of his equipment.

I guess the biggest question one would ask is why the investigation was worthy of an entire episode? In the past, something like this would have been the second part of an episode. The ship was the star of the show. Sadly, it may have been a better episode without the ghost hunters.

Ghost Hunters: Prescription for Fear

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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.

Ghost Hunters: Ghost Mission

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Best lines in the program: Britt asks, “Do monks talk?” Britt to KJ, “I’m not going to have to give you mouth to mouth am I?” KJ replies, “Only if you want to.” Hmmm Jason may have to break you two up.

Do Monks talk — really Britt? Does Britt think? Am I to understand that Britt has “ghost hunted” this location to see ghosts and to scare the girls, but has never bothered to spend a few minutes to research this order of monks or any order of monks?

I’m happy to see that the GHI method of speaking English to non-English speaking entities is still in practice. While I was happy to see Josh Gates, a Spanish speaker like Jael might have been a better choice.

Steve freaks out after stepping on a towel that he thought was a dead animal. This throws some doubt on his earlier comments about hearing sounds that could not be animals because he didn’t see any animals. Well, it’s dark, you didn’t see the towel either.

Michelle Tate is a cute girl with an odd hair cut. For some reason she makes me think of Peter Pan. I’m sure that the camera men will enjoy following her upstairs for the obligatory butt shots.

I enjoyed seeing Josh Gates again and the ruins at the location were awesome. The San Juan Capistrano Mission is awesome, but outdoor investigations are really tough. Having said that, I think some members really didn’t put any effort into their investigation (Britt) and the lack of Spanish and native speakers was inexcusable. Let’s face it GH has the bucks to bring in some Spanish speakers — they just didn’t have enough pride in their job to do it. I can imagine that some paranormal groups would love to have a fraction of the GH money to spend on their investigations. I get the sense that these people really don’t love what they do anymore.

The evps collected were poor, ringing bells (did anyone bother to check with a local church?), shuffling sound (did anyone bother to contact an expert on local animal sounds?). One evp was described as Spanish but it couldn’t be understood which begs the question was it really Spanish (was it anything)?

Great location — disappointing effort.

 

Michelle Tate, Syfy’s new Ghost Hunter

2-Angels-Photo-0335It looks as though the Syfy channel’s  Ghost Hunters has added a new young female to it’s team, Michelle Tate. You may remember her from Ghost Hunters Academy were she placed second in the contest. Maybe she will last a little longer than Ashley Troub?

I guess this means that the cameramen will get to do their famous butt shots again.

 

The ghosts of paranormal Christmas yet to come

old houseI have to confess that I don’t watch the parashows with the ferocity that I once had. It’s not that I am no longer a paranormal geek (BTW check out the book Paranormal Geeks by Sharon Day and Julie Ferguson) but rather it is the lack a fresh angle to the paranormal shows.

If you want an entertaining show with a lot of silliness there is a program for you, Ghost Adventures. If you are interested in paranormal infomercials, Ghost Hunters has changed from it’s ideal of helping people to shameless huckstering of alleged haunted locations.

Ashley TroubI recently learned that our favorite barista was booted from the Ghost Hunters show. I guess Jason couldn’t mold her in the Ghost Hunter ideal “what was that? — did you hear that?” Isn’t it sad that the most stable paranormal team on TV seems to be the Ghost Adventures team?

I think this latest personnel shuffling with Ashley Troub is a perfect example of why I seldom watch the show. If you pick a person, shouldn’t you invest the time to train her up and give her a fair chance to earn her spot on the team? I think a lot of fans realized at first sight that Ashley was not the person for the show, but once you’ve made your pick, it’s only fair to give her a chance. Of course, it isn’t about the passion of ghost hunting, but all about ratings, money, and demographics.

What does the ghost of paranormal shows yet to come have in store for us? Josh Gates has a new show called “Stranded — The show features average paranormal enthusiasts who are stranded in some of the most haunted locations in America and record their experiences with handheld cams.” The show sounds like Scariest Places on Earth narrated by Linda Blair. While I like Josh Gates, couldn’t Syfy give us something new?

Notorious Hauntings — supernatural investigations from around the world or a re-make of the defunct (though not officially) Ghost Hunter International with a little dash of Destination Truth tossed in. Ghost Mine or the paranormal version of Discovery’s Gold Rush Alaska. What’s next, the paranormal housewives of the rich and famous? Dancing with the Bigfoots?

I guess the best thing about paranormal TV is that like Ashley Troub’s career they go away quickly.