We spent the evening watching a series of hauntings and ghost stories on TV one night. As we sat watching I was shaking my head in disbelief. I knew I would do things very differently making me an unusual kind of paranormal investigator. I could almost hear the responses coming from me.
The thing that amazed me the most was the investigators would call out the spirit and when they got a response they all acted surprised.
Me: Really? You told it to show itself and then you’re surprised when it does?
On one episode, they were investigating an abandoned asylum. The female investigator said she saw something on the camera they had positioned in the patient’s bathroom and was going to go check it out.
She got to the bathroom door and pushed it open. Tentatively, she stepped inside and immediately said, “Nope, I don’t see anything. Do you see anything on the camera?”
Her coworker denied seeing anything even when the woman insisted she “felt a presence.” She turned to go, pushed on the door, and then stopped. Suddenly, she started hollering, “Help! The door won’t open. What do I do?”
Me: Pull … pull the door, not push.
There were several shows that featured a haunted item. People who brought these things into their homes suddenly became victims of paranormal activity. The host of the show, “John,” would take his team in to investigate and try to locate the haunted item.
Just about every time something happened, the other investigators would say, “Go get John.”
John would show up and they’d tell him what happened and with a befuddled tone, John would say, “Okay…?”
He was probably thinking the same thing I was: You’re in a haunted house, what did you think was going to happen?
My favorite episode began with the investigators calling out the ghost. “Show yourself. Let us know you’re here.”
A sound off in the distance manifested. It sounded like a door opening and closing. The investigator that called out the ghost says to his partner, “What was that? Did you hear it?”
His partner’s response as he looks around was, “What in the hell is going on here?”
Me: … (blink, blink) Really?
I realize a lot of this is for show, but seriously, can’t they make it just a little more believable?