Ghost Team (2016) Offers Up Campy Fun

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Ghost Team (2016) Offers Up Campy Fun

A man who is trapped in the monotonous cycle of adulting seeks to become the newest member of a fictional TV paranormal team. After assembling a team, they trespass onto a large, seemingly abandoned farm searching for evidence of paranormal activity. Sometimes we all need campy fun, and Ghost Team delivers.

Jon Heder stars as “Louis,” a man who realizes that his adult life is not the one he envisioned. He owns a single location copy shop. He chain smokes and dreams of being more, much more. He wants to be a paranormal star—like Jason Hawes and Steve Gonsalves (from the real TV show Ghost Hunters) who make cameos. One day property owner “Mitch” enters requesting 15 laminated “No Trespassing” signs for his “creepy” property that looks like it’s haunted. Louis assembles his team singing to “Dream Weaver” and hoping to hit the paranormal jackpot. Unfortunately, all they have is a crackpot, played by the wonderfully refreshing Amy Sedaris.

Admittedly, this is not a blockbuster film to the caliber of Poltergeist. It’s a low—seriously low—budget film that began streaming a month before its limited release opening. But that doesn’t matter. What matters is that with all the emotionally draining news and mega-blockbuster film releases, it’s nice to clear the clutter in our brains by just watching an innocuous film. This is the film to watch.

Okay, so the reviews are weak; the Tomatometer is green. Go in with low expectations, and you will not be disappointed. The irony is that this film nails the boredom and tediousness that paranormal investigations entail. The movie may have received more “star” ratings had a paranormal investigator reviewed it because there are more laughs than reported.

Fair warning, though: IMDb.com places this movie’s genre as merely “Comedy.” Running 83 minutes and rated PG-13, Ghost Team is streaming on Netflix.

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Grave Gardening: Preserving Rural Cemeteries

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Grave Gardening: Preserving Rural Cemeteries

Starting in 1831, “rural” or “garden” cemeteries emerged as a de facto public green space where families could visit their dead, tend to their graves, and mingle with the community. These cemeteries were popular weekend destinations. During this time, gravesites were more elaborate than today’s simple, flat grave marker. “Cradle graves” dotted the cemetery landscape. Read about them in my latest blog on Haunt Jaunts: https://www.hauntjaunts.net/grave-gardening-conserving-americas-garden-cemeteries/.

 

#ParaNews for the Week of April 23, 2018

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Paranormal News Week of April 23, 2018

#ParaNews for the Week of April 23, 2018

  1. A government agency “accidently” emailed documents regarding “Psycho-Electronic” weaponry to a journalist. This sounds like a horror/science fiction/conspiracy theory film; however, it seems legit. According to David Grossman of Popular Mechanics, journalist and frequent filer of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests Curtis Waltman asked for information about white supremacists and Antifa groups from the Washington State Fusion Center (WSFC). He received responses along with a few attached documents. The two below are samples of what Mr. Waltman received. The .ZIP file was titled “EM effects on human body.” Read the longer article here: Coming Soon.

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  1. The University of West Georgia announced the inaugural Ingo Swann Research Fellowship. Paranormal researchers have until May 1st to apply for a partial residence research grant of $3,000. The grant requires an on-campus presentation, as well. For more information, read the article https://thehauntedlibrarian.com/2018/04/22/uwg-announces-1st-ingo-swann-research-fellowship/.
  2. Ash vs. Evil Dead wraps up on April 29th. The cult favorite series starring Bruce Campbell was cancelled last week by Starz, the premium cable channel and production company. Although the series saw viewership slide in the 3rd season, fans remain hopeful another streaming service will pick up. Mr. Campbell tweeted his thanks.

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  1. The independent British horror film Ghost Stories (2017) ranked #1 for indie films this weekend by holding exclusive New York City screenings. The movie generated $12,646 this past weekend. Directors Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman, who also stars, transformed the former West End play into a 90-minute full-length film. Watch for a review once I can legally view. [Note: Shame on the production company for announcing it was available to stream in the US when, in fact, it isn’t.]

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UWG Announces 1st Ingo Swann Research Fellowship

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UWG Announces 1st Ingo Swann Research Fellowship

Formal advanced college degrees in Parapsychology ended years ago; however, there are a few colleges offering courses in Parapsychology. One of those schools is the University of West Georgia (UWG). Dr. William G. Roll, renowned poltergeist researcher, and psychic Ingo Swann were associated with the university. Last month, UWG announced its inaugural Ingo Swann Research Fellowship to be awarded in 2018.

Ingo Douglas Swann was a psychic, artist, and author. Born on September 14, 1933, Swann died on January 31, 2013. Approximately 121 boxes of papers, artifacts, memos, and photographs are housed in the Irvine Sullivan Ingram Library’s Special Collections at UWG.

Ingo Swann coined the phrase “remote viewing,” the process by which a perceiver discerns unseen “targets.” Remote viewing (RV) involves a person describing present or past details to events and locations. Swann assisted police departments in several criminal cases from 1971-1979 using RV. Swann led a colorful, artistic life. Still, there is more research on RV to be completed.

The deadline for application is May 1st. For more information, go to https://www.westga.edu/library/special-collections/swannfellowship.php.

 

 

My First Post on Haunt Jaunts Is LIVE

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Hello!

My first post on Haunt Jaunts is LIVE. I’ve chosen the movie A Quiet Place (2018) to discuss. It fits in the #MovieMonday hashtag and sums up my feelings on #ParaPower: Together we may be small, but together we are might. This small budget film may save Paramount Studio’s bottom line this year, just like collaborations strengthen publications.

Please hop over to https://www.hauntjaunts.net/one-rule-never-make-a-sound/ and read the essay. I hope you enjoy. In the meantime, I leave you with a meme that totally breaks the #OneRule of the movie but sums up my survival planning.

Question Those Who “Communicate” with Recently Deceased

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Question Those Who “Communicate” with Recently Deceased

Every time a celebrity dies, there are charlatans who emerge claiming to “communicate” with the recently departed. It’s a scam.

First, there are ethical concerns regarding people “communicating” with these recently deceased individuals. It is an invasion of privacy to actively attempt communication. In most cases (if not all), the family has not given the “spirit communicator” permission.

Second, there is no research supporting that communication works best in the first 24-48 hours after death. None. If there were, we would have read about it. Further, the same “spirit communicators” would not then claim they have reached others who have died years—even decades—ago.

Finally, these “claims” are meant to drum up business for unsuspecting consumers to pay upwards of $4,000 for “devices” to communicate with the dead.

This is an example of a #ParaScammer. Don’t fall for the scam. Buyer beware!

This is not to say that all such communication is a scam. It’s not. There are legitimate people in the paranormal field who are conducting research in ITC (Instrumental Transcommunication). For more information, read the various articles on this organization’s website: http://itcvoices.org/.

Paranormal Radio Host Art Bell Dead at Age 72

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Paranormal Radio Host Art Bell Dead at Age 72

On Friday the 13th, former syndicated radio host Arthur “Art” Bell died at his home in Pahrump, Nevada. An autopsy is scheduled for next week; however, Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly does not suspect foul play. In fact, Bell was a lifelong smoker and suffered recently from C.O.P.D. He was an incessant tweeter who posted about his declining health. Bell will be remembered for fueling conspiracy theories while speculating about extraterrestrial life.

Mr. Bell was a natural-born radio host. Born in Jacksonville, North Carolina on June 17, 1945, Bell became a licensed radio operator at the age of 13. Bell was always involved in amateur radio or as a professional host. After a stint as a medic in the US Air Force, Bell eventually became the owner of KNYE 95.1 and continued his late-night radio programming on Coast to Coast AM. He wrote, produced, and hosted the show from 1993-2002. At its peak, the show had 10 million listeners and broadcasted on 500 US and Canadian radio stations. According to ABC News, it was the most listened-to overnight program and the 4th overall. Bell had a second, short-lived radio show titled Art Bell’s Dark Matter on Siruis Radio in 2013. His final program was Midnight in the Desert, which was also short-lived in 2015. He finally retired on December 11, 2015 citing safety concerns.

Bell was inducted to both the Nevada Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame (2006) and the National Radio Hall of Fame (2008).

Bell is survived by his 4th wife, Airyn and their two minor children Asia and Alexander. He is also survived by three adult children. No funeral arrangements have been made.

The Thirteenth Club

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The Thirteenth Club

Friday the 13th has a bad reputation. There are many theories on why people associate the day with bad news or bad omens. However, one person sought to change public perception: Captain William Fowler. Captain Fowler created The Thirteenth Club in an effort to remove the stigma attached to the date. His efforts seem to be made in vain—although, admittedly, he lived his life surrounded by the number.

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The number 13 was prevalent in Captain Fowler’s life. For instance, consider the following:

  • He attended and graduated from Public School #13;
  • He was 13 years old when he finished school;
  • He was a builder whose company built 13 buildings;
  • His last day on a job was April 13, 1861;
  • He was a soldier in the Civil War and was in 13 battles;
  • He resigned his commission on August 13, 1863;
  • He purchased a pub on September 13, 1863. He would rename the establishment the Knickerbocker Cottage;
  • He sold the Knickerbocker Cottage on April 13, 1883;
  • He claimed to be associated with 13 secrets clubs. He was a 32nd degree Mason;
  • His name is the 13th listed on the roll of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine;
  • The Thirteenth Club had 13 original members;
  • The club’s first meeting was on September 13, 1881.
  • Finally, I write this blog on April 13, 2018. Could it be he had a stronger relationship with the date April 13th?

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