Blame it on the cooler weather, the Halloween decorations in the stores, or just my gloomy disposition of late, but I have a slight preoccupation with TV shows dealing with paranormal activity. Thanks to Hulu, I’ve been watching episodes of “Ghost Hunters” and “Ghost Hunters International.” Those are my favorites. I even clicked over to catch “Ghost Hunters Academy” — I would be an excellent investigator! (At least in my mind I would. In reality, I’d probably high-tail it outta there at the first squeaky door. I mean, these people are in strange places. In the dark. Trying to communicate with the other side. Eeeeeeeeeekkkkkkk!)
I watched one clip from “Ghost Adventurer” (or “Ghost Adventures,” one of the two) and immediately didn’t like that one. The main guy is overly dramatic. A bug flew toward the light and hit him on the arm and he swore it was the hand of a ghost. Please. It was clearly a bug. I have no idea if this paranormal stuff is legit, but don’t do the hard sell and try to tell me a bug is some spectral hand. With my intelligence insulted, I haven’t watched anymore clips from that show.
Instead I moved on to “Celebrity Paranormal Project.” I’ve watched only one episode, the pilot. I love the history behind these haunted places, and the concept of putting people in them out in the middle of nowhere, without even a crew — my, oh my it was almost more than I could bear. And some of the celebs really got creeped out, which really creeped me out. There’s no way in heck you could make me go into some abandoned building by myself. Maybe I’m especially macabre, but if I were a celebrity, I would be freaked out wondering if someone wasn’t shooting a snuff film starring me! The downside of this show was that some effects were added, darkness rolled in, a shadow ran across the screen. Sure it’s embellished, and in my opinion it would have been stronger without that. The embellishments cheapened it when it was scary enough as it was. I may eventually revisit this show and catch a few more episodes, but for now I’ve moved on.
My latest fixation is “Paranormal State.” This is a group of college kids doing the same sort of thing as “Ghost Hunters.” It’s entertaining. Not as much historical background as Ghost Hunters, but it’s also a shorter show. The really scary thing is that there are some 22 full episodes on Hulu, which translates into hours of TV watching should I choose to indulge, and this weekend I have. It’s Saturday, my son’s with his dad this weekend, I’ve cleaned house, I’ve done laundry, I bathed the dog, I ran some errands . . . and then I’ve watched 8 episodes of “Paranormal State.” My phone just rang and I just about jumped out of my chair. I think it’s safe to say I should call it a night. And I might have to sleep with the light on.