Ghost Mine – Mystery Train – S02E06

This episode of Ghost Mine started off with the feeling that very little was going to happen, but things began to ratchet up and multiple pieces of potential evidence began to present themselves.

As Kristen and Patrick review some evidence they hear what they believe is a steam whistle. Fair enough, there is a steam train in town, but after checking it out, it wasn’t in operation or being tested on those nights. As luck would have it, they take Patrick and Kristen over to the next town so the train can have maintenance. Plus, I think they were happy to show it off for the cameras. But nevertheless, when checking out the old train cars that would have been in use in the original mining days they capture what appears to be a figure in one of the trains. Sure, it could be a hobo or just a worker, but he’s pretty nimble and is completely gone by the time Patrick and Kristen get over there. It certainly looked like a figure, sort of like Michael Meyers from Halloween, but then it was gone. You can’t completely rule it wasn’t just a normal person, but it was weird.

While heading back to Sumpter they have a door that keeps opening. They shut it, moments later is opens up again. Now, that would make for an eerie ride on a train in the dark, but let’s keep in mind this is a train, it’s rickety, it’s rocking back and forth, so an old door that won’t stay shut wouldn’t be completely out of the ordinary. It’s hard to agree that would paranormal given the environmental conditions.

Back in the mine, Mikey hears some odd noise while he and Bucket are working on the "raise". The air gets very cold and begins to stir in a place that shouldn’t have any air flow.

Another bit of evidence was actually captured by Ashton, Jay’s son. While having dinner at the Elkhorn saloon, a shadow figure appears to cross from one side of the room to the other. There is definitely a shadow moving, but could that have been from someone walking behind Ashton and just didn’t notice it? To that end, Patrick and Kristen set up an investigation of their own and have a couple of unusual things happen.

When asked if they can deliver a message, two pool cues fall to the ground. An odd coincidence. When asked for another sign they get two loud bangs. As they scan the area with the thermal they get a heat signature from a single chair as though someone has been sitting there. Additionally, the shadow detector goes off and when reviewing the full spectrum footage, there appears to be another shadow walking across the room.

So all totaled they have a couple of shadow figures, a few bangs and perhaps another figure out there on the trains. To ask the question, are they seeing the same figure following them around? It certainly seems odd there would a single shadow figure in all these different places. Or does this mean there is a slew of shadow figures roaming about out there? Is this much talked about trespasser real, a shadow figure or a trick on the eyes? Oddly, the security guard they hired quit.

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American Horror Story – Coven – Season 3

image Just in time for Halloween, American Horror Story has return and it’s wastes no time in setting the stage for sin, debauchery, excess, witches, voodoo and the supernatural. It only takes a few minutes to realize this season will be darker and more mysterious than the seasons that came before.

For this year we have the Coven, a finishing school for girls. And by girls I mean witches. Angela Lange stars as Fiona, the Supreme who comes back to teach the girls what it really means to be a witch in today’s modern times. She’s not satisfied with suppressing their gifts and wants to hone their skills and get them prepared. The burning of a witch not more than few miles down the road has her concern that a storm is brewing and they could be caught up in it.

Things start off quite grim as we see Kathy Bates as Madame Delphine LaLaurie, a Madame Bathory type who likes to bath in blood to keep her youthful appearance. She treats her guests with great extravagance, but her slaves are taken to the attic where they’re beaten, tortured, skinned and finally drained. A grisly scene that she seems to relish in.

The finishing school is quite like a scene from X-Men. Each girl has special abilities they need to learn to control. Zoe has the ability to kill men during sex, a point proven twice in the first episodes, Nan is a clairvoyant, Madison can move objects including a bus full of frat boys that assaulted her and Queenie is human voodoo wherein she can stab and cut herself causing pain to others. At one point she has a knife to her own throat. She’s pretty damn serious.

This episode started off in fine form with multiple characters from past episodes making their appearance. You should recognize them quite easily and I’m sure there’s more to come. We have events being based in Louisiana where magic is still a powerful thing. I have no doubt there will be many flashbacks to the Salem Witch Trials and more of the acts that LaLaurie was murdered for. It’s going to be an interesting season and while we don’t have the full story yet, there is plenty of information coming in to get you hooked and excited about what the future holds.

Now we enter the world of the strange, the unusual and the bizarre.

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The Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror XXIV

It’s not actually Halloween or even after Halloween as is usually the case and The Simpson’s have already broadcast their annual Treehouse of Horror. And it didn’t suck as bad as usual!

My interest in The Simpson’s waned about a decade ago, but I still tune in just to see the Halloween episodes. Personally, I think the show’s been on the decline for years and they’re just phoning in the episodes. The Treehouse of Horror episodes haven’t been any different with the last 4 being especially bad. But, the latest outing wasn’t actually that bad.

While the Fat in the Hat spoof wasn’t bad with a few funny moments. Bart having head sewn onto Lisa made for a couple of laughs , but the circus episode was a little flat. Like I said the benchmark from the previous years is pretty low, so there’s really nowhere to go but up. I mean, they can’t get any worse.

But these new stories don’t hold a candle to the first few seasons. James Earl Jones reading The Raven is a classic. And Pierce Brosnan as the house that wants Marge is good stuff.

Still, I think the Phineas and Ferb Halloween special was better.

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Ghost Bait – Demon House – S01E01

The title of this show intrigued me, but that was about the only interesting thing to it. The team of Ghost Bait holds to the idea that fear is what draws the spirits out and they use the fear of the client to confront demons.

And it’s about the dumbest show I’ve ever seen. The team walks around a "castle" that is being restored and when a light bulb breaks, in their minds they’re assured an evil presence is there. To that end they get the homeowner to put a burlap sack over his head and sit in a room by himself to generate fear and get his heart racing. And while in the midst of near panic he’s supposed to tell this entity what he thinks of it and how it has to go.

What the hell is that all about?

Thank heaven this piece of crap was only 20 minutes. Any longer and I would have put a burlap sack over my own head just to hide from this garbage. This was the first episode I watched and will certainly be the last.

I always hope when a new show is announced that it will have a new angle or more science than other shows that have come before it. I don’t believe this crew could spell science and who knows what angle they’re coming from, but it was back from every one of them.

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