Ghost Hunters and other Paranormal

Ghost Hunters: Volume 3 – Some Interesting Parts but Still Doesn’t Reach Potential

I came across this series from the U.K. by accident when hunting for DVDs from my favorite show on the Sci-Fi Channel also titled Ghost Hunters. Unfortunately, that’s where the similarities ended.

The U.S. show on Sci-Fi was criticized by the writer of this show, Ian Cashmore. Why or how he can criticize, I have no idea. The U.K. version of Ghost Hunters does little critical assessment of the tales people are telling of hauntings, but instead just seems to do what it can to back up what the people are saying.

Like the other volumes in this series, Volume 3 simply has people telling their stories of ghostly encounters. Billed as “bone-chilling accounts”, I didn’t even find it to be good for stories to tell around the campfire. There’s no “hard evidence”; no looking at the situations presented objectively. The most critical look at what people are saying happened to them is when the show brings in mediums who generally back up the claims, although they state they have no prior knowledge of what’s happened or been reported in the homes.

Some of the stories are interesting, to their credit, but the way it’s done is hardly entertaining. The stories are told in a matter-of-fact way with little done to even create a feeling of it being spooky or scary.

Echoes from Beyond the Grave

Takes place in Cockington, a small village in southern England. The local pub seems to have a haunting from a motorcyclist dressed in full leather gear. After a pop group from Plymouth played a gig at the inn, their lead singer had an unusual experience with the entity. There’s at least a bit of someone trying to verify the woman’s accounts as a medium is brought in who corroborates a lot of the information.

The Possession

This episode delves into the subject of voodoo and talks about its popularity among Caribbean populations. The story follows the subject of a woman who feels she was the subject of a voodoo attack from far away and had entities in her house that attacked her. During a separation in their relationship, her African-American husband (the two met while he was serving in the U.S. Air Force) had an affair with someone from back home. When he broke that off to return to his wife, strange things began happening, including raping the wife. A medium is brought in who finds no “presence” in the home.

The Priest and the Professor

The show travels to Belgium for a case of a young man who believes he is possessed. A second nearby case of a young woman who suffered physical attacks is also examined.

The show talks to a local priest in an area of Belgium that can only be described as many of the back-woods areas of this country. He deals with many exorcisms, as many as 20 a week! He works with a professor/biologist who studies parapsychology, which makes for a most unusual collaboration.

This was sort of interesting as I saw that there were “backwoods” parts of Europe, something I never thought there was before seeing this. I never imagined there were parts of Europe where the people were like those in some of the remote parts of the U.S. such as Appalachia.

While parts of the show are interesting, there’s really not enough here to recommend it. This is especially true when there are some shows out there that are so much better. Even Most Haunted for as fake as it is can be entertaining. The U.S. Ghost Hunters recently did a series of episodes in Ireland and the U.K. and it was just so much better than what’s here. Catch it on re-runs or when the season three DVD set comes out.

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