March 18, 2008
A few folks have mentioned they wanted me to review a two-hour documentary called "Ghost Adventures". I saw it when it first aired and there did appear to be a couple of pieces of compelling evidence in there. It's basically 3 guys (later only 2) that take their own cameras, no camera crew or sound guys, and go to reportedly haunted places. I liked their style and concept, and I really liked some of their evidence — at first. Now I'm not entirely sure, but let's go through the best of it and you guys can watch for yourselves and decide.
Off the top of my head, there was video of some unexplained mist entering a 2nd floor hotel room from the hallway; also what appeared to be a very clear (but nearly transparent) outline of a man walking across a room past an exterior light; and finally in the basement of a supposedly haunted building there was a very blair witch moment when they turned a corner and (instead of seeing someone standing against the wall and being knocked unconscious) they see a brick fly up from a pile of debris as if thrown.
Certainly the evidence seemed compelling, but my first concern was when their "expert" reviewed some of the video footage and insisted that it absolutely could not have been faked because there would be telltale signs in the source material. I agree that might be the case if he was looking at the original, but if it was edited on a computer and then recorded down onto the cassette he reviewed I'm fairly certain there would be no such evidence of tampering.
Also, the brick moment just seemed a bit contrived to me and right before it happens it seems like the one guy is heading straight for that room, which is down the hall and to the left, without explanation. Previouslly they were wandering so it seemed odd to me why he suddenly wanted to go into that specific room down the hall.
Also, there was a verbal exchange between the two documentarians right then that seemed suspicious to me. One of them says, "This is the room." The other one quickly responds, "What room?" and the response is something like, "…that you were talking about" — What's that about? Why would they be talking about this room?
To me that seemed almost like a slip-up, sort of like "We're stumbling around in the dark here, where are we going now? Oh! I see… this is the room where we rigged up the brick… oops!"
Now, I'm not saying that's what happened, but I am saying that it's a possibility and I probably wouldn't even have mentioned the possibility of a hoax (because ultimately, in the back of our minds we know it's always a possibility — we just hope it's not probable) except that the comment does strike me as particularly out of place and the entire scene (I think one guy actually runs away from the other one and is found several minutes later cowering in a corner) really does have a contrived, Blair Witch vibe to it that makes me less inclined to believe it's a real documentary and more inclined to suspect some staging and scripting was going on.
But that's just me. I know a lot of people found it to be credible and compelling so feel free to make your own case for or against their evidence, I'm certainly not making any concrete conclusions.
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