Halloween Month: Top Paranormal Television Shows

One of the first ways that I got into horror and the paranormal was a show called Most Haunted back in the mid 2000’s and ever since then I have watched a lot of paranormal shows, either being retellings of people’s encounters or being a team of investigators trying to get proof of the paranormal.

Most Haunted: Starting off with something that I have already mentioned is Most Haunted a show that has spanned over fifteen series and is something that has changed over the years that it has been around. When it first started up it did have a larger crew to what it does have nowadays and it also had a different way that they conducted their investigations. In the first thirteen series, they used to use mediums, with Derek Acorah and David Wells being the ones that featured mainly on the show. But when they came back a few years ago with a new revamped version they dropped them in favour for using more of a scientific approach with having two Parapsychologist as well as a Demonologist to help them get evidence of paranormal activity. Over the recent series they have seen to get the best evidence that they have ever got though their years and one of the best pieces of evidence that they ever got was of an apparition walking up a flight of stairs. Plus, this latest series has had the team being put in a lot of difficult places, but my most favourite has to be East 30 Drive, in which the team was tormented by an entity that was able to apparently knockout two of the investigators as well as having knives appearing out of nowhere and picture frames being hurled around. I am looking forward to seeing what they have planned in the future as one of the Executive Producers and investigator askes on Twitter a few months ago where fans would like to see them re-visit got me thinking that they could be planning a re-visiting series.

Ghost Adventures: Heading over to America and what I think to be a better version of Most Haunted is Ghost Adventures, another investigative series, but what is different about this is that the investigators are just one small group of five, formally three, to keep contamination to a minimum. The series originally started off as a documentary where they caught a lot of activity and made news headlines with the evidence that they caught where a board was hurled at Zak Bagans. Over the years they have caught a lot of amazing evidence with the different pieces of technology, such as the Spirit Box, SLS Kinect Camera but most recently they have a had a lot of sightings with the Thermal Camera catching entities walking through places where they are locked down in. Through the years the show has been very entertaining but as well as can be rather dark, with a couple of episodes focusing around demons and possessions, with even one of the most recent episode. The latest called the Ogdon Possession focused around the possession of a man in which he was plagued by a spirit that was telling him to kill himself. But in the end of the episode everything seemed to be okay but in all reasons, we don’t know if that is true, but hopefully with a new series of Ghost Adventures Aftermath to get a follow up on the family will shine a light on the aftermath of the episode. I would like to see this happen since when they the Zozo episode they did a follow up on the next series and they got a lot of information in what had happened to the family.

The Ghosts of Shepardstown: Continuing down this list is another investigative series, this time also coming from a former member of the Ghost Adventures, Nick Groff, this is one of the first series that I have seen that has just been focused around one town that has had a spike in paranormal activity in which a police chief decided to form a paranormal team to deal with the cases that they would get calls for. Throughout the series it got really interesting since that it turned out that there appeared to be an evil entity in the town that caused the spike in activity and I had thought that the activity was to do with the clock tower by the Town Run but I was wrong. One of the eerier things about the series was the penultimate episode of the series, in which the team are doing an investigation that lead them to discover that two women were killed, but it then led to something creepier when they stumble upon a upside down cross and discover that the area was known for witchcraft. When they started investigating around the area they caught a lot of evidence in which that I am sure they caught two figures surrounding Nick when he went on to search for evidence, but that could have just been anomalies. When the first series ended after they managed to release the supposed evil entity, it turns out that the neighbouring towns were starting to develop an increase in paranormal activity.

Paranormal Witness: For something different from the previous entries, Paranormal Witness is a show that retells peoples encounters with the paranormal, either being demonic attacks, paranormal activity or zoological creatures. I do like this show since a lot of the stories are rather interesting since that the stories that are told are rather frightening. The most recent season that I have been watching has been rather interesting since there have been a lot of interesting. A episode that was on recently focused around a family in which they all moved to a new house in a different state and it turn out that the house that they had move in, turned out to be haunted by a malevolent demon called Zozo which started attacking the family and attacking one of them by slashing his back and with all the activity this causes the family to leave the house and back to finding a new property. But the latest episode that I watched was rather weird since it took place at an active prison. It turned out that in a part of it called Tower D, in which it appeared that there seemed to be some sort of force that was there that seemed to afflict the officers that were there and made them seem to be distance to others as well as their families. But the weirdest thing that I found about it was that there didn’t seem to be a resolve for the episode since that they never found out who was the supposed ‘Sargent Ghost’. The only research that was done in the entire episode was the wife of the officer that was being afflicted to find out that an officer had killed his wife and that was all, nothing else. I so like the series but when there doesn’t appear to be any resolve to the episode it does make me feel that it was a bit of a waste.

Amish Haunting: For the final instalment on this list is something that is more different to the previous entry, but shares a lot of the same idea. Amish Haunting is a series that is retellings of stories that happens in the Amish portions of America and I got to say that some of the episodes that I remembered were rather dark and freaky. The most memorable episodes that I can remember was something to do with a couple that got married and conceived a child out of wedlock and the baby turned into a hideous creature that turned into a version of the Goat-Man tale which terrorised a small town. A lot of the episodes were rather interesting but when I tried to find them on sites like YouTube, were I did originally watch them, they were only redirect links to other sites so I can’t remember other episodes that well, but I do hope that they do somehow get re-syndicated for UK release since what I do remember was that it was enjoyable.

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Are Current Horror Movies Boring?

Over the past few years there have been many a horror film released that I’ve got to say I have found to be either really boring to watch or enjoyable to watch but other things have bothered me about the film. Mainly with horror films for the past 5 or so years with a flux of paranormal/ haunting films that overly use jump scare tactics and it gets rather annoying.

I think ever since films like The Woman in Black came out films have started to use jump scares, which is a rather easy way to scare people, but after the fifth scare it just gets repetitive and annoying. And I’ve got to say that I rather enjoyed watching The Woman in Black, it was enjoyable and the story elements were rather enjoyable as well with a ghost being the main focus of attention that also causes harm to the residence of the local village and sort of feels like a throwback to films of the 80’s when children where the main centre of some films. Also the pacing and the suspense of certain scenes rather made really enjoyable to watch. But when they started to do the jump scares along most of the third act it got sort of off putting.

Other films that have made me think if they were worth making are found footage films. A load of them just seem to have the same outcome and they seem to be a rather disappointment. However there have been some found footage films that I thought were really worth it in some ways like the first Paranormal Activity film which did rather well for a film that had a rather limited budget but then with the following sequels they seemed to go rather downhill and seem unrealistic in a way. Another film series that I found to be rather well was the Grave Encounter films and the first film I thought was rather well done. The first film revolved around a paranormal television show similar to Ghost Adventures and they seem mainly to be fakers where the just go around to places that are supposedly haunted but when they go to an Abandoned Hospital it turns out they got more than they bargained for. This I rather did like because it seemed that they hadn’t a clue what was happening and it was like somebody was screwing them all over. The sequel on the other hand I thought was a real hit and miss. It features college students filming a horror film and one of them reviews the film as the film was an actual film in that universe. This then leads one of them to track down where the film was made by going people who were linked to the show. This then leads the students to the Abandoned Hospital to find out what happened to the film crew where it turns out that there was a lot more terrible effects had lived. It really felt like that this film should have been around something different than the first film, but it was rather decent.

Finally there is another thing that I’ve rather hated and that is actually more about reboots of famous films like the rebooted versions of Nightmare on Elm Street, which I rather liked, and Friday the 13th, which I rather hated. But there is something that I can rather think that would have made Friday the 13th more better and that was to have the events of Jason X set to a alternate time line and then this set as the tenth Friday film, but then we’re apparently going to be getting another reboot next year in May being released on the 13th, but that could be speculation. I think one of the reasons that I rather hated the rebooted film is that it tried to combine too many different parts of the original film series with the beginning being homage to the first film and the rest of the film being based around the 2-4 films. I think that I may need a possible 13th attempt to try and enjoy the film.

So I don’t know what to think of the next batch of horror films that are going to be coming out over the next few years but hopefully that there could be a resurgence of a genre that may be a new shining hope for horror because many films are rather repetitive and really easy to guess what is going to happen.