“Oh my God! Did you hear that?”
“Listen to this! I got something on my super high-tech digital recorder!”
* disembodied snarfling with static*
“The spirit told us to get out! Oh my God!”
“Hey, it’s a half degree cooler in this room! I can feel its presence! It’s here!”
Um…or maybe it’s a draft?
“Oh my God! What was that?”
The floor creaked, you moron.
You would think, with my keen interest in all things paranormal and mysterious, I would love ghost-hunting reality shows.
You’d be wrong.
Oh, I was excited at first. Until I watched a few and realized how ridiculous and boring they are. During the last one I watched, the host snapped at his camera man and then claimed he’d been “possessed” by the spirit of the island.
Shortest possession on record.
I rolled my eyes so hard I nearly hurt myself.
Ghost-hunting shows are destined to be boring for a few reasons.
- Ghosts tend to avoid crowds. If you have five or more people investigating, chances are you won’t see a thing. (This makes the events at Edgehill even more extraordinary.)
- Hauntings are incredibly prosaic, for the most part. It would be great dramatic fodder if phantoms showed up clanking chains and throwing tables around, but that’s not gonna happen. If a floor creaks or a door slams off-camera, who’s to say a ghost caused it? (Besides, how would ghosts make the floor creak when they’re weightless?)
- Ghosts aren’t here to do our bidding. Just because you’re there with a crew and cameras doesn’t mean anything will happen that evening, and chances are it won’t.
So instead of paranormal activity, we get to watch a group of people act sillier and sillier–either for dramatic effect or because their imaginations have run away with them.
Every single “event” I’ve seen on one of these shows can be explained away, including those “orb photos”…don’t get my photographer boyfriend started on those.
Are you a fan of ghost-hunting shows? Have you found one that isn’t completely annoying and over the top? Why do you think these shows are so popular? Have you ever seen or heard a ghost?
If you like this sort of thing, I highly recommend Paranormal Witness, which relies on reenactments and interviews. So much better!