How Well Did Poltergeist (2015) Perform?

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Poltergeist 2015

Poltergeist 2015

How Well Did Poltergeist (2015) Perform?

Summer blockbusters usually open on Memorial Day Weekend. This year was no different with Tomorrowland: A World Beyond, with an astronomical budget of $190 million, opening. The reboot Poltergeist, modestly made for $35 million, opened to mixed reviews and sluggish theater-goers. So, how did it stack up?

Poltergeist had a solid fourth (4th) place finish when the weekend wrapped up. It took in $23 million and should recoup the production costs in its second week. Not too bad for a reboot of a seminal classic.

Remake versus Reboot

A remake is a modernization of a former work. In this case, a remake would be an updated version of an older film. Essentially, the goal is for the director to recreate the earlier film while enhancing the content. Characters, locations, plots are the same.

A reboot, on the other hand, is a re-envisioned new film utilizing the theme but not necessarily the finer details. Actually, the reboot may only share the same title as the original film.

Although Poltergeist has been touted as a remake, I would consider it a reboot. While the films draw on similar plotlines, the characters changed. The decade changed. Poltergeist (2015), the reboot, adds another episode into the Poltergeist (1982), original classic, franchise.

Poltergeist 1982

Poltergeist 1982

First Guest Nick Sarlo Thursday, May 28th

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Nick Sarlo

Archer Paranormal Radio is back! Starting this Thursday, May 28th at 8 PM EST on http://www.wlor.net, the API Gals are kicking off the new Internet channel with Nick Sarlo, Director of the highly anticipated paranormal series True Ghost Stories.

Nicholas “Nick” Sarlo is the Director of True Ghost Stories, a series profiling several teams across the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. Founder of Shadow Hunters, a paranormal group in Illinois, Nick brings his passion for helping clients, filming experience, and energy to his team. He also likes roller coasters! Follow him on Twitter @ShadowHunters86.

Tune in every Thursday night at 8 PM EST on http://www.wlor.net and find out what the API Gals are up to.

Promo Nick Sarlo

Promo Nick Sarlo

Debuting on WLOR LIFE Omni Radio Thursday, May 28th

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WLOR Debut

Tune in this Thursday, May 28th at 8 PM EST for our first radio show with WLOR L.I.F.E. Omni Radio. Our inaugural guest is Nicholas “Nick” Sarlo, Director of the True Ghost Stories series coming in September. The API Gals are excited to play their new introductory theme song, as well.

www.wlor.net

Open Letter to Joseph Melendez, pseudonym Seph Lawless

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Black Friday

Black Friday

Open Letter to Joseph Melendez, pseudonym Seph Lawless

Dear Mr. Melendez:

I will not tolerate your harassment. I will not be subject to electronic bullying. If you are unhappy with the blogs I have written about your “book,” then maybe you should be more forthcoming in your claims. The book I reviewed was not based on real stories. Instead, you made up stories in hopes of selling more copies. This is unethical and amoral. Please refrain from complaining, again, about my writing.

Kind Regards,

Lesia Schnur

Last year I wrote several blogs discussing the amoral behavior of Joseph Melendez, who goes by the pseudonym Seph Lawless. Joseph self-published a book titled 13: An American Horror Story. I took exception to his claims that his stories were fictional—made up. Joseph purported to lots of media outlets that his photographs depicted abandoned houses where heinous crimes were committed. The media ate it up. None of them actually fact-checked the stories. If they had, they would have found out that every story was made up. A lie.

After posting my first blog, I received a couple of comments threatening lawsuits if I didn’t remove my blog. I did not waiver. A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by WordPress, the hosting site of my blog, that Joseph registered a complaint. This is what he wrote:

— BEGIN NOTICE — First name: SEPH Last name: LAWLESS Company name: Address: 8205 FRANKLIN BLVD. City: CLEVELAND State/Region/Province: OHIO ZIP: 44102 Country: United States (US) Phone number: [redacted for privacy] Email address: INFO@SEPHLAWLESS.COM Copyright holder: UNITED STATES COPYRIGHT OFFICE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS Location of unauthorized material: http://thehauntedlibrarian.com/2014/11/15/missing-a-haunted-house-or-2-or-3-or/#comments Location of original materials: http://thehauntedlibrarian.com/2014/11/15/missing-a-haunted-house-or-2-or-3-or/#comments Description of original materials: THE IMAGE OF HOUSE IS MY COPYRIGHT IMAGE. THE BLOG USES NOT ONLY THE IMAGE BUT IS ABUSIVE, SLANDEROUS AND USES DEFAMATION IN BLOG AS WELL.

Note: I redacted his telephone number for privacy.

I take exception to this because the blogs are not abusive or slanderous. I wrote the truth. My blogs are covered under the Fair Use Exception of the U.S. Copyright Law, http://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap1.html#107. I criticized his work and he didn’t like it. Well, tough. Don’t tell lies.

Another Note: Interesting enough was the link Joseph provided. It was to another one of his books and not the one I blogged about. Oh my stars!

Morals of this blog: 1) WordPress rocks! They supported by blog. 2) Writers, bloggers, and photographers need to unite to end this type of behavior.

It’s Still Trespassing

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Four people arrested for breaking into a “haunted” church.

It’s Still Trespassing

News broke this week of four (4) people breaking into a Minnesota church searching for ghosts. In order to get in, the group broke windows and a sculpture. Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze admits that “alcohol played a role in their poor decision.” Alcohol, however, will not be a proper defense when they are arraigned for burglary and criminal damage to property. Let this be a lesson to all thrill seekers: Trespass is illegal.

Police officers responded to an alarm at 1:45 a.m. Sunday, May 17th at the Ness Church located in rural Litchfield, Minnesota. The thrill-seeking “ghost hunters” included Todd Suurmeyer, Joseph Porter, and Brittani Roberts, of Sioux Falls, and Kyle Huber, of Victoria, Minnesota. The three men appeared in court on Tuesday. The female, Brittani Roberts, was released pending an investigation. An investigation is on-going to determine whether anything was stolen.

Unfortunately, the group decided to break into the historic church because of an urban legend that the church was haunted. The location has historic significance; the first five (5) victims of the Dakota War of 1862 are buried on the property. Also known as the “Sioux Uprising,” the war pitted the U.S. Army against the Sioux Indian Tribe. It lasted from August 17, 1862 until the mass execution of thirty-eight (38) Dakota men on December 26, 1862. The war greatly impacted the state’s history.

Church officials deny that the church is haunted; however, the church is frequently targeted by vandals. Preservation of history should remain paramount over ghost hunting.

The Haunted Librarian Blog Poster

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The Haunted Librarian Poster

The Haunted Librarian

Did you know that 1L Lesia blogs as The Haunted Librarian? Check out her blog: www.thehauntedlibrarian.com. In addition to her blog, Lesia appears on Wes Forsythe’s Paranormal Filler and Paranormal I-Con radio shows. Check back for her next appearance.

Here’s my promotional poster for the upcoming Through the Veil event, June 5-8, in Atlanta, Georgia. Come by and say “Hi.”

The Haunted Flight Attendant

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Lisa Shackelford, The Haunted Flight Attendant

Lisa Shackelford, The Haunted Flight Attendant

The Haunted Flight Attendant

Did you know that 2L Lisa blogs as The Haunted Flight Attendant? Check out her blog and read about the creepy things that happen when she travels. Lisa stays at some of the best international hotels in the world—and some are very haunted. www.hauntedflightattendant.com

API Gals Now on WLOR L.I.F.E. Omni Radio

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API Gals on WLOR L.I.F.E. Omni Radio

Earlier I blogged how Archer Paranormal Radio was returning to Internet radio this week—actually tomorrow—on BlogTalk Radio. However, I have a new major announcement: The API Gals will debut Archer Paranormal Radio on WLOR L.I.F.E. Omni Radio, www.wlor.net, next Thursday, May 21st at 8 PM EST. We were offered an incredible opportunity to join a leader in Internet radio and we JUMPED!

WLOR L.I.F.E. Omni Radio hosts experts in the paranormal field. Tony Wolf Paw, True Ghost Stories hosts Thomas Ryan and Adam Ginsberg, and The Unparanormal Paranormal Show with Mike and Lori Drum all have shows—and strong fan bases—on WLOR. Tune in as the API Gals discuss the paranormal field with an occasional guest dropping by.

Archer Paranormal Radio, www.wlor.net, 8 PM EST every Thursday

API Gals @ Through the Veil

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API Gals @ Through the Veil

Visit the API Gals at Through the Veil, June 5-7, in Atlanta, Georgia.

The API Gals are excited to see Tim Woolworth. Here is what TTV posted:

Paranormal friends, what do you think about real time, 2-way voice communication with the deceased? Is it possible? Is it already happening? The history of communication attempts is fascinating! (Google The Scole Experiment, World ITC .org, Kaunstantine Raudive…) Approximately 10 years ago a man named Frank Sumption designed something he called the Frank’s Box which worked with radio and random …volt generators. The idea being that Spirit can manipulate radio speech fragments to communicate with us. Since then, many variations exist but the overall design is similar. Researchers like Tim Woolworth have devoted a great amount of time to experimenting with devices like this. Tim will be with us at the 7th Annual Through The Veil discussing Ghost boxes and what the voices have revealed.

Tim Woolworth

Tim Woolworth

The schedule is packed with special guest, fascinating sessions, and lots of vendors. Click here for the schedule, http://www.throughtheveil.org/2015-Schedule.html. Tickets are still available. Less than a month away. See you there!

Beware the Scam Artist #ParaScammers

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Carol Malone Cited

Carol Malone Cited

Beware the Scam Artist #ParaScammers

Earlier this week, I blogged about the unfortunate events that occurred during the “A Haunting in Tombstone” event. (See “Carol Malone Bombs in Tombstone” http://thehauntedlibrarian.com/2015/05/03/carol-malone-bombs-in-tombstone/) Well, actually, the non-event. Carol Malone scammed many, many people out of their money by promising an incredible paranormal event packed with guest speakers, vendors, and investigations. Ms. Malone showed up to disappointed crowds and ran for the hills—right after she was cited for failing to pay for services rendered. Unfortunately, Ms. Malone is not the only one who has illegally profited from the para community. It’s time for us to join in solidarity and to condemn these actions.

John Albrecht, Jr. penned an excellent article, http://www.examiner.com/article/carol-malone-aka-london-knight-scams-haunted-historic-town-arizona. I encourage you to read it. John also posted a YouTube video. It’s worth viewing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dE-KbISLJY#t=25.

Something positive did arise from this. Watch this segment and see how people made the best of the travesty and salvaged investigations. https://www.facebook.com/HuffParanormal/videos/vb.418566248207499/896034383794014/?type=2&theater

So what should you do? Spread the word. Keep people like Carol Malone out of our community. Do due diligence. There are some fabulous and credible entertainment companies out there. Support the community. And finally, associate with positive people. Let’s kick the negativity out of the paranormal community.

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