Let’s Chat Ghost Stalkers

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Ghost Stalkers

Ghost Stalkers

Did you catch the premiere of Ghost Stalkers? Produced by Ghost Adventurer’s Nick Groff, Ghost Stalkers follows John E.L. Tenney and Chad Lindberg as they investigate 6 under-hyped locations. The API Gals watched and will review the show this week on Archer Paranormal Radio.

Tune in and call in 619-639-4606 this Thursday, October 23rd at 7 pm EST on http://www.liveparanormal.com.

Missed it? Check out the clip: http://www.destinationamerica.com/tv-shows/ghost-stalkers.

Chad Lindberg

Chad Lindberg

One Word: Zombies

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Zombie Dickheads in Time Insensitive

Zombie Dickheads in Time Insensitive

One Word: Zombies

Duane Willoughby co-wrote the 2014 48 Hour Film Project Atlanta short Zombie Dickheads in Time Insensitive. The short took home two awards: Best Special Effects and Audience Award in Group C. The film exploits the popularity of zombies. Zombies are very, very popular. Written, filmed, and edited over one weekend, the movie is humorous and quirky. Duane has a bright future.

Duane wrote the highly anticipated horror movie Abigail, which is scheduled to begin production in early 2015 and released in 2016. The film is loosely based on a true story set in Georgia. Pretty awesome since the Atlanta area has seen a substantial increase in films shot in the state. Duane is also extremely fortunate.

Thousands of people toy with the idea of penning an Oscar winning script. Unfortunately the reality is quite bleak. Between 30,000-50,000 scripts are registered annually. Of those, 150 scripts are sold or optioned. Less than 10 are actually produced. The odds are a staggering 5,000 to 1 that someone will sell a screenplay. Consider that the odds for being possessed by Satan are 7,000 to 1. Yikes!

Join the Archer Paranormal Radio Gals as we chat with Duane as he explains what time insensitive is. Tune in Thursday, October 16th at 7 pm EST on http://www.liveparanormal.com.

Duane Willoughby

Duane Willoughby

Screenwriter Duane Willoughby Visits Archer Paranormal Radio

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Zombie Dickheads in Time Insensitive

Zombie Dickheads in Time Insensitive

Screenwriter Duane Willoughby drops in on Archer Paranormal Radio Thursday, October 16th at 7 pm EST on http://www.liveparanormal.com.

Duane penned the highly anticipated Abigail set to film in 2015. He also contributed to the 48 Film Project Atlanta’s short Zombie Dickheads in Time Insensitive (2014). Click here to view.

Abigail

Abigail

A Missing Corpse = Foul Play

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Florida Industrial School for Boys Postcard

Postcard of the Florida Industrial School for Boys

A Missing Corpse = Foul Play

Reports of abuse and killings plagued the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys for decades. Former detainees filed a class-action lawsuit. The State of Florida investigated determining that there was insufficient evidence to substantiate. The University of South Florida (USF) Anthropology Department received a grant to exhume the 31 known and over 55 unmarked graves. Dr. Erin Kimmerle, a professor at USF, also obtained an order allowing the excavation of another coffin in Philadelphia. Her team dug up the coffin only to find wooden planks instead of a body.

The Florida State Reform School opened in January, 1900 in rural Marianna, Florida. The state-run facility housed boys, aged 8-21. At its maximum, the school housed 500 boys. The school closed for “budgetary reasons” in 2011. These young men committed minor crimes from truancy to theft and were sent to the school in an effort to restore them to community life. Along the way, something went horribly wrong.

Undergoing four name changes in its 111-year history, the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys sits on 1,400 acres. Numerous buildings and cottages dot the landscape. Former residents described the grounds as beautiful—much like a college campus. Facilities included a pool, cafeteria, farm, dairy, and hospital. Two cemeteries, one for Caucasians and another for African Americans, exist. However, only 33 graves are marked with crosses. Through radar, another 55 additional unmarked graves were located. An additional 22 boys who died at the school are unaccounted for. Numbers vary; however, some 84-100 boys died while detained at Dozier. Unfortunately for some, the school became a place of torture.

Radar

Radar

In 1925, 17-year-old Thomas Curry was sent to the reform school. He remained for 29 days. A ledger entry at the school denoted Thomas was “killed on the RR Bridge Chattahoochee, Florida.” The Old Cathedral Cemetery, in Philadelphia, listed his death as “killed by train.” Curry’s death certificate, discovered in 2008, stated death was caused by a crushed skull from an “unknown cause.” No one from the school reported Thomas’ death to the State of Florida. A wooden coffin was sealed and transported to Philadelphia for burial. The coffin was interred above Thomas’ grandparents. There is no tombstone.

When the coffin was opened, wooden planks were discovered. No body. No skeleton. No personal effects. Where is Thomas Curry?

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Coffin filled with wooden planks.

Although a state investigation (2008-2009) failed to find sufficient evidence supporting reputed abuse, this discovery—or lack thereof—should reopen the investigation. Bodies were illegally buried. Bodies were improperly handled. Boys disappeared. Former detainee Roger Kiser called Dozier a “concentration camp for little boys.” The idyllic images of the school posted online in the Florida archives clash with the testimony of 300 men. A missing body highly suggests foul play.

Tune in Friday, October 17th at 9 pm to “Breaking the News” on Paranormal I-Con on www.liveparanormal.com. The Haunted Librarian joins host Wes Forsythe as they discuss the latest paranormal news.

 

Don’t Believe the Skeptic Who Cannot Write

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Grammar Comic

Grammar Comic

Don’t Believe the Skeptic Who Cannot Write

Skeptics beware. Your message falters when you cannot get your facts straight. Or your rant is littered with grammatical errors. Or you use inconsistent logic. Merely ranting without evidence is just a rant. Credibility includes using proper grammar and conducting research. Skeptics without credibility are angry ranters. I call them “Haters.”

Three examples include grammatical issues, misspelling words, and using incorrect names.

Most of the errors involve the its versus it’s quandary. This is a grade school refresher. It’s = It is. If you cannot (note one word) substitute “it’s” with “it is,” then use “its.” Grade school, folks.

Double-checking your spelling is vital. Researching the spelling is imperative. Case in point: The Villisca Ax Murder House. The official website kills me. Two spellings are used 1) “Ax” and 2) “Axe.” The first spelling is appropriate. In American English, ax is spelt without the “e.” The British spelling contains the “e.” Personally, I don’t care which version is used, but pick one! If I was asked which one would be best, I would recommend the American spelling. We are in America.

The final error is when the blogger doesn’t verify the names and proper spelling of people. One blog identified “Stacey Jones” as “Shannon Jones.” Big mistake. Even bigger when someone reads it in context as the Stacey Jones who is a demonologist. She’s well-known. Show her some respect. Get it right.

As a believer, blogger, and researcher, my writings are scrutinized. So should yours. Take a refresher course in English Composition. Buy a handbook. Use it and refer to it often.

Skeptics who cannot write effectively, properly, or correctly lose credibility. Illiteracy isn’t a defense. Now, don’t get me started on ending punctuation belonging inside the ending quotation mark.

Grammar Pin

Grammar Pin

Guess Who’s Dishing Paranormal News on Paranormal I-Con?

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Wes Forsythe

Wes Forsythe

Super HUGE announcement. I’ll be dishing and discussing paranormal news and events with Wes Forsythe on Paranormal I-Con, Fridays at 9 pm EST on http://www.liveparanormal.com. I start tomorrow, October 10th, and will rotate weeks.

Tune in and find out the latest para news. Plus, we’re pretty chatty people. Never know what may come up. Who’s excited? This GAL!

Wes Forsythe

Wes Forsythe

Dead Still Worth Viewing

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Dead Still

Dead Still

Dead Still Worth Viewing

I love horror movies. I’ve watched them since I was a teenager. My favorites include the classics: The Exorcist (1975), Jaws (1975), and Poltergeist (1982). However, I like the B-movie horror films, namely The House on Haunted Hill (1959), The Monster Squad (1987), and The Tingler (1959), too. I grew up watching Dr. Paul Bearer on Creature Feature on WTOG. Horror movies transcend decades and act as social commentary. The Booth Brothers’ new film Dead Still incorporates the Victorian practice of taking mourning portraits into a fictional modern-day inheritance issue. Dead Still, an original SyFy movie, is worth viewing.

The Horror film genre remains popular. Box office rival Annabelle nearly toppled Gone Girl this past weekend. Even though each film generated over $37 million in ticket sales, Annabelle was the money winner. Produced for under $7 million dollars, Annabelle’s return in one weekend was five times its production costs. Wow! Low-budget horror films produce huge profits. This applies to films released exclusively on television with DVD sales later.

Dead Still’s estimated production costs were $2 million dollars. That’s extremely low for any film project. Moreover, the film shines with beautiful cinematography, haunting music, and A-list acting.

Filmed on location in Baton Rouge, Dead Still features an incredibly spooky house. Philip Adrian Booth captures the moody ambiance of the house, as well as, the Negative world. Remember: This is a low-budget film. Philip does a lot on a tight budget.

Equally impressive is the eerily evocative soundtrack. Twin brother Christopher Saint Booth assembled a soundtrack heavy with strings—quite appropriate for a horror film. Working as “Saint,” Christopher has assumed the role as music scorer for their productions. Christopher delivers.

Ray Wise

Ray Wise

Producers landed three strong actors. Ray Wise is absolutely wicked. Mr. Wise’s transformation into the crazy “Wenton Davis,” great grandfather and original owner of the antique Victorian camera, is creepy. Creepy weird and chilling. Ben Browder as “Brandon” is convincing as the relationship-challenged heir to the camera. He’s at his best in the Negative world. Gavin Casalegno portrays “Bobby,” Brandon’s son. His facial expressions convey what words cannot. Already boasting an impressive acting resume, Gavin has a long career ahead of him.

Gavin Casalegno

Gavin Casalegno

Graphic scenes are limited; however, I could have done without the sexual scene with the newlyweds. It didn’t add any real content and could have been achieved without the nudity and hand-gripping bedrail close-ups.

The antique Victorian camera is an amazing prop. The claw-footed, custom-made stand is intricately detailed and gorgeous. Reproductions of mourning portraits are impactful. They realistically represent the type of photographs popular in America and Europe from 1840-1891.

Dead Still is entertaining and gruesome. The Booth Brothers have expanded their filmmaking collection and have made the jump into the fictional horror movie genre. I look forward to their next film. Until then, stay still—Dead Still.

Antique Victorian Camera

Ben Browder with the Antique Victorian Camera

 

Horror Movie Abigail: Walls Have Secrets, Too

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Abigail

Abigail

Horror Movie Abigail: Walls have Secrets, too

Filmmaking has expanded in the Atlanta area. API Gals’ friend Brian Popkin, CEO of Elfkin Studios and Post Productions, has been involved in two 48 Film Project in Atlanta. This year’s entry was a zombie spoof. Pure comedy! It won an audience award for best short. In addition, Brian is now involved in a full-length horror movie, Abigail: Walls have Secrets, too, which hits theaters in 2015/2016.

Tune in Thursday, October 9th at 7 pm EST to Archer Paranormal Radio, www.liveparanormal.com, as Brian discusses his film projects and his paranormal experiences.

Highly Anticipated Dead Still Delivers October 6th

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Dead Still

Dead Still

Highly Anticipated Dead Still Delivers October 6th

The Booth Brothers’ new movie Dead Still focuses on the Victorian practice of taking mourning portraits. Main character Brandon Davis, played by Ben Browder, inherits the antique camera previously owned by his great-grandfather who took photographs of recently deceased people. Popular in America and Europe, postmortem photography were a form of memento mori.

Translated as “remember thy death,” memento mori is artwork capturing death, either literally or figuratively. Drawing, carvings, paintings, and eventually photography depicted dead people or the personification of death through symbols. Death is unavoidable. By remembering we ultimately die, we live.

Around 1840, wealthy families were able to hire photographers to capture the deaths of loved ones. Popular from 1840-1860, daguerreotypes provided developed images on thin sheets of silver-plated copper. Within the next two decades, advances in photographic development made personal photography affordable. By the 1860s, tintypes replaced daguerreotypes. Middle-class families were able to summon photographers to their homes to take mourning photographs. These pictures were often the only tangible reminders of their family members. These pictures were meant to be private and viewed only by the family.

Photographers portrayed the dead person as if still alive. These “postures of life” incorporated symbols of death. Roses held downward, flowers with stems broken, morning glories, pocket watches, and children’s toys were some of the items staged with the dead person. The photographer took photos close-up or full-length capturing either the profile or full-face of the dead person. Often the eyes were closed; however, some photographers painted “eyes” on top of the eyelids. The viewer was directly confronted with the dead person. Later, large floral arrangements were used to lessen the impact. Children and infants comprised the bulk of the work because of high mortality rates. Most of the surviving postmortem photographs are of infants and children.

The popularity of postmortem photography declined as morticians and funeral homes undertook more of the burial duties. However, small ethnic communities still partake in this practice.

The Booth Brothers purchased an antique camera and decided to make it the focal point of their next film. The camera is a gorgeous prop—and still operational. The camera sits atop a beautifully crafted stand. In the movie, the camera is passed down through a family and eventually being used for wedding portraits. However, members of bridal parties start dying soon after their photography was taken. Ultimately, Brandon’s son becomes trapped inside the camera taken to an alternate dimension. This area is home to “The Negative” and “The Hidden Mother.” Set your DVR and TiVo to record Dead Still, Monday, October 6th at 9 pm EST. Then tune in to Archer Paranormal Radio as the API Gals discuss the movie and their favorite Booth Brothers’ productions.

Dead Still Creatures

Dead Still Creatures

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