Ghost Encounters: The Queen Mary

Paranormal investigator Peter James and "Mad Mad House" star Fiona Horne host this exploration into the eerie world of the famed Queen Mary ocean liner, regarded by many as a certified ghost ship. Accompanied by "Mad TV" star Debra Wilson and radio host Frank Sontag, the supernatural sleuths examine the assertions of paranormal activity aboard the ship and search for answers to the spiritual mysteries surrounding it.

After watching such epic failures as America’s Most Haunted Inns and America’s Most Haunted Town starring the half-baked Cathe Curtis, I thought things couldn’t get any worse. I guess that goes to show you, things can always get worse. And this time it presents itself in the form of Ghost Encounters: The Queen Mary.

I was only able to sit through half of this wretched program before I had to turn it off. I really have no idea what the hell they were trying to do, but whatever it was, the stupidity of it all pushed me away.

Peter James strolls through the Queen Mary giving a small amount of insight into the ship’s history with supposed hauntings and paranormal activity. Despite the fact that there is no evidence to support his claims, Peter then breaks off with yelling "Hello" to different parts of the ship and claiming to hear responses. Shrouded in almost total darkness he claims to be channeling the ships captain who says he will talk more if they meet again by the pool.  Should we break for sandwiches as well?

And that’s when I turned it off. This show is completely absurd and I don’t know whether Peter is trying to be overly dramatic in the way he talks or if he’s having some sort of respiratory issue, but his commentary is grating to say the least. Since there is nothing to see or hear they try to build tension by tilting the camera at odd angles, blurring the images and shaking the footage. It’s all stupid theatrics and after 20 minutes I was wondering just what the heck they were supposed to be up to.

But I couldn’t take it anymore. It’s was far too juvenile to watch. This entire production comes across as a complete joke. I couldn’t tell if they were trying to be serious or not. We won’t go into the out of place co-host or sidekick radio personality who try miserably to offer their insight and two cents worth into the conversation.

A bad DVD and a huge waste of time.

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America’s Most Haunted Town

New Hope, Pennsylvania, just may be the most haunted city in America. Residents report unexplainable goings-on left and right, from strange incidents to frightful sightings that have left a searing impression on their psyche. Is the place truly a hotbed of paranormal activity? Join this documentary’s spiritual investigators and see for yourself the ghosts and spirits who’ve made New Hope their home.

Had I known who was behind this DVD I never would have rented it. Its Cathe Curtis stumbling around in a complete rehash of the footage shot for “America’s Most Haunted Inns.” I think there’s maybe one segment different between the two.

Once again we hear stories that are perhaps some of the weakest examples of paranormal around, and see Cathe pointing out dust bunnies and claiming they are part of the spirit world.

It’s all just rubbish. This is a ridiculous DVD and a complete waste of time. Based on the extremely flimsy stories, I don’t see how they claim New Hope as the most haunted city. Maybe it is, but nothing in this DVD supports that claim.

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A Haunting in Georgia

This chilling docudrama chronicles the tale of 4-year-old Heidi Wyrick (played by Kelsey Lowenthal) and her seemingly imaginary friends, Mr. Gordy and Con — who may be more than just harmless invisible playmates. When Heidi divulges disturbing details about her two chums to her parents, they chalk it up to an overactive imagination … until other family members begin to have supernatural encounters — with the physical marks to prove it.

It all starts in that Amityville sort of way, buying a house where the deal seems to good to be true. And so begins the story of A Haunting in Georgia.

The Wyrick’s young daughter Heidi begins to see and interact with a mysterious Mr. Gordy, a friend no one else can see. They spend hours talking and playing on the swing. No one ever sees Mr. Gordy so they figure their daughter is just talking to an imaginary friend to pass the time.

Later, Heidi tells her mom that a man at the door is bleeding and needs help. Lisa doesn’t see a man and has no idea what her daughter is talking about.

In short order they find out that Mr. Gordy was a lifelong friend of the family but that he’s been dead since the 70’s. The other man is also dead and he lost his hand in a cotton gin accident.

To prove Mr. Gordy is dead the family heads to his gravesite which Heidi is able to find even though she can’t read. These two aren’t the only visitors Heidi sees and over the next several years she feels the presence of many spirits, both good and bad. But the evil spirits seem to be making their presence known, the family begins to hear noises and feel uncomfortable.

They call in a paranormal investigator who ultimately feels that EMF is causing the problems and their daughter is sensitive to high EMF which is why she is seeing things. But the family has experienced claw marks and welts on the skin which EMF wouldn’t explain.

The Wyrick’s have another daughter and as she grows up she is talking to imaginary friends just like her older sister. It’s been nearly a decade and Heidi still feels the presence of spirits and after two mediums have come to look over the house they agree there is some evil energy around the house.

But it’s not only the daughter’s who are seeing and hearing things, now mom is starting to pick up on something. She begins to feel something strange is in the house. The try to put it aside and ignore it all.

After a few more years they call the paranormal investigator back. He ultimately decides the "family" has ESP and that the women of the house are psychic.

You sort of expect this story to head in the same direction as the Amityville Horror, but instead it mainly focuses on the women of the family who seem to be developing psychic abilities as they grow older. There are some interesting tales of activity, but don’t expect a lot of evidence or investigations in this one. It’s certainly an unique thing for both mother and daughter to have psychic abilities, even though it seems to have taken a lot longer to develop in mom. A somewhat interesting tale of a family who doesn’t believe in the paranormal or physics as they come to terms with the fact that they may have their own link to the paranormal world. Can psychic abilities be passed on through generations? Can powers get stronger as the ability is passed down?

While there is a lot of playing up on the evil spirits and even demonic forces in the house there isn’t much in this documentary to support that. Maybe it’s been omitted or they’re downplaying it, but really the only thing that seems to dangerous are the claims of being scratched in the middle of the night. But to me, something like that isn’t true evidence. People can scratch themselves in the middle of the night. That alone isn’t enough to say something demonic is happening. Really the only person speaking of demonic forces is their pastor. I’m not sure where he’s getting that idea, but that’s his take on events.

Some interesting stories and a few ideas to think about. It won’t keep you on the edge of your seat, but it is a slightly different take on the paranormal.

A Haunting in Georgia (Netflix)
A Haunting in Georgia (Amazon)

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America’s Most Haunted Inns

Travelers rely on inns that line the byways and highways of the country to rest their weary heads after a day on the road. But in some places, an eerie hospitality awaits, as they share quarters with the spirits that have refused to move on. This chilling documentary visits some of the most haunted inns in America, including a house where maids from colonial times clean the rooms and a hotel that used to be part of the Underground Railroad.

To put it mildly this is 60 minutes of complete crap with some of the most easily disputed paranormal evidence I have ever seen. We all love stories about haunted inns and rooms with a sordid past where you can spend the night and experience something odd, but this little documentary turns out to be nothing more than Cathe Curtis wandering around a couple of hotels acting like she is having hallucinations. Or she’s drunk. While her demeanor to the spirit world is noteworthy her evidence is a complete farce. She claims to see orbs all over the room and calls these people by their names. She is certainly playing it up as though she can see something. And when you look at the evidence they gather you can spots on the image.

Being a photographer myself, this looks like nothing more than a dirty lens to me. Or, if you want to dispute that, it’s light reflecting off the dust that exists in the room. This is hardly worthwhile evidence. I completely discount orbs as nothing more than dirt, bugs or mosquitoes. You can make blobs appear by having a dirty camera sensor. I remember the first Ghost Hunters episodes where Jay and Grant are saying orbs are useless and aren’t signs of the paranormal. I have to agree. It’s dirt you ninny!

Cathe and her photographer also take some video footage showing dozens of orbs working their way around the room. Again, nothing more than dust or pollen floating around. There is nothing to even suggest this is paranormal activity. It’s not like there are bumps or sounds or knocks or anything to even suggest a presence is in the room with them. In fact, one video clip makes it look like dust is being blown around by the AC unit in the corner. The particles speed up as they pass in front of the grates of the vent.

Another piece of evidence is a bunch of still shots with some sort of mist or fog clouding the image. They have it circled with "Ectoplasm Spirit Image" written in the margin. Uh, no. Not buying that for a second. It looks like nothing more than smoke. Considering the photographer is indeed a smoker it’s not that big of a stretch to think he was smoking while taking these images. Holding the camera with a lit cigarette in your hand would give you the exact same effect. If it’s that easy to recreate, it’s not paranormal, at least not to me.

This has got to be the biggest scam I have ever seen. How anyone could consider this real evidence of the paranormal and a haunting is beyond me. The "evidence" presented here is far worse than those ridiculously blurry photos of Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster. I was laughing too hard to even try and take this documentary seriously. I don’t know who this woman and her photographer are, but this will certainly be the last time I ever watch anything they create. This DVD is so bad you have to wonder if it’s a spoof.

America’s Most Haunted Inns (Amazon)
America’s Most Haunted Inns (Netflix)

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