I would first like to thank Leslie for giving me the fodder to fuel this fire. She told me the other day that she doesn't believe in ghosts. She has good reason, I'm not going to go into it, it's her story to share. I on the other hand have had 'weird' things happen to me that lead me to believe that there are ghosts. Now aliens, I can't wrap my head around aliens but ghosts, yeah I get that. (ha)
I haven't had a ton of 'paranormal experiences' just one or two. Once when I was sleeping I heard someone say my name and then blow in my face. I uhm haven't been able to sleep towards the edge of the bed since. When I lived with my uncle in his creepy apartment I swear I had something on my bed every night with me. And then after I moved out and then went back to visit, I woke up worried about my mom because of a dream and felt a hand caress my face. It didn't freak me out, it actually calmed me down.
Leslie and I have decided that I'm a freak and she's awesome about this whole situation. Leading me to talk about all of the awesome ghost hunting shows on television. I will not be discussing Ghost Whisperer or Medium because they're not "reality" shows. Plus I really like Ghost Whisperer because she wears really fancy clothes all the time and some how in that small town people still don't know that she can talk to ghosts.
So did you know there there are at least 8 shows that I can find that are regular shows about Ghost Hunting or Paranormal research of some sort. This is awesome to me. I love ghost hunting shows because they think that it's really scary to the viewer but honestly it's not. Because everything happens off screen. I can say though when I first started watching Ghost Hunters I really liked it because they did catch things on camera. But then it spiraled out of control. Here's my list and here's what I think about them.
Okay the only thing that they seem to catch lately is spider and bats. There's a guy on there that is more afraid of spiders and flying then he is of "spirits." And really do they have to explain what all their equipment is EVERY show? I think I know what a flashlight is for fellas, thanks. And they don't actually help the people in my opinion. They just say "yeah it's haunted" or "it's all in your mind." And then they're gone. And I can't stand most of the "characters" on the show. My favorite line so far is "Well should I start provoking the spirits?" "Dude, these people have had a hard enough life, if they don't want to come out and talk with us....they don't ... have to." Pure gold. I wish I could get audio of it or a video clip. Which leads me to...
Ghost Hunters International:
Okay take the two most annoying people from your cast and give them their own show. Awesome idea! Yeah sure you're rid of them, but we still have to listen to them. I think that it is a good idea to check out England and the rest of "The Old World" and it has a lot of history and with that possible hauntings but no actual video evidence or very little. Just a bunch more "what was that?!" moments. I say "LAME!"
I like these guys because unlike GH if there is an actual haunting they don't just say "yup it's haunted, see ya later!" They do ritual cleansing which might work might not, BUT it makes the victim feel better about their house. If I thought my house was haunted I would want it "cleansed" before they left. They do get a lot of video evidence of people being possessed but then you have to ask yourself if it's all an act or not.
Is awesome. I love how over the top they are with their maps and explanations. It makes the show. No matter that when they were looking for a killer dog in Egypt and all they came up with was a fox. But I do give them kudos for going into Chernobyl and checking that out. That was pretty impressive.
A Haunting isn't so much a ghost hunting as it is ghost stories. The re-creations are awesome and it always gives me chills. But it seems a little over the top at times.
is where it spins a little out of control. The guys are WAY over-the-top and too into seeing things and provoking spirits. Which doesn't really lead to anything. Their night vision always just ends up making them creepy. I watched one episode and it was mostly "dudes! and what was that?!" And my favorite was "I just felt something on my leg! Dude! Wanna check it out!!" And he had scratches!! AHHHH!!
And then it all goes wrong with Extreme Ghost Hunters(which I couldn't find a picture for). Holy lord, who gave three rednecks HD cameras with night vision?!? Seriously oh and they're not always in the dark in those places like other shows because you can clearly see all the camera lights. They do rituals that they tell you not to try at home and try to scare you with awesome graphics between cuts. It's bad. Favorite line: "Dudes I've never hunted ghosts on water. I don't know anyone who HAS!!"
Then it gets worse. Last night I found Ghost Lab on the Discovery Channel. Really Mike Rowe? How many shows can you narrate for?! I've recorded it for further study but so far, not so scary, not any ghosts popping up.
So with all these ghost hunting shows on now I want to get into the mix. So here's my pitch.
An all woman group of ghost hunters. And they could all wear pink! Because that's what women do when they get their own shows.
Leslie and I were talking about this the other day. And she told me that if I had a ghost hunting show she would dress as a hobo ghost and jump out at me at every house that I investigated. And I thought how awesome would that be?! The audience would be at first thinking "why is that hobo ghost sippin' on Night Train." And then she would jump up yelling "HOBO GHOST!" and I would say "Oooh Leslie!!" And then from then on every episode the audience would wonder when the hobo ghost would appear.
I have yet another pitch... Little People Ghost Hunters. I'm waiting for E! to get that one. They don't have a show about little people or ghosts yet....I'm emailing them today. (not really)