Tag Archives: Ghosts

On Why We Want to Believe with Episode Three!

2 Jul

nullBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Three short episodes into We Want to Believe, “The Demon Jar” is still waiting to be unopened. In a regular episode of any paranormal show on Travel & Escape Network, this piece of the puzzle is the segment to describe how the equipment works and reveal the challenges of investigating at any time of the day.

One detail I appreciated with this web series on JoBlo.com is seeing exactly what an engineer with Adobe Audition can do to filter down the ambient noise. We can learn from this series! Not every Electronic Noise Phenomenon is easy to hear. Supposedly, Sarah did get something in her recording session, but it’s tough to hear unless you play with the waveform.

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The Holzer Files Season One in Review

31 May

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

* Renewed for season two;
Due Late 2020

There’s now a running joke that those still self-isolating are are living alone will notice every noise made–the ghosts– around them. Whether that’s because you’re living in a haunted house, or someone is playing a prank, I think the ongoing request to stay at home is a good time to get caught up with programs like The Holzer Files. 

This paranormal reality show is over the top because the post production elements overshadows everything else. These inserts have the feel of reviving the golden oldies—the stuff you hear on radio—than to get serious about the matter. When considering you’re listening to old tape recordings of trance mediums from the original case files of Hans Holzer channeling their best version of Kane, the malevolent preacher in the 1986 movie Poltergeist II: The Other Side, I can’t take this program seriously.

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The A, B, C’s of Paranormal Investigation (Part One)

25 Oct

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Halloween is a very enjoyable time for many. Whether that’s with an event taking place—like attending a live theatre production, a book reading, a horror movie marathon or a paranormal investigation—it’s simply a time to either be merry to get your spook on. Getting closer with the spirit world these days is easy and it has come a long way. In the early part of the 20th century, the choices were generally with seances. Folks could indulge in contacting loved ones.

Even the annual tradition of contacting Harry Houdini became part of the paranormal tapestry. He passed away on All Hallow’s EveHe promised to his wife Bess that if either should die first, they’d attempt to contact the other and had a code word to prove communicating with spirits is possible. Over the years, the methods of doing such a thing have improved and organizations have formed.

Technology-wise, newcomers have many more tools at their disposal. For the casual investigator, all they need is a willingness not to bring in their own (spiritual) beliefs into a case. Many veterans believe this can taint the data. Having an open mind on the fact hauntings are not rooted according to culture helps. These experienced folks generally agree a good common sense, a basic camera and an audio recorder are all that’s needed.

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Making Polterheist, an Interview with Dave Gilbank

17 Feb

Director Dave Gilbank.jpgBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

  • Extended cut and reprinted from
    Absolute Underground Magazine with permission.
  • Movie Available on Amazon UK

How can anyone go wrong with a crime heist type film with supernatural elements mixed in? When the budget is tight, and you are dealing with a possession scenario, it has all the makings of going either way. In what I found when watching this indie work is a huge respect and perfect use of the tropes commonly found in a ghost story.

Quite often, it is not about the scares that can take place. Instead, it’s with how unfinished business gets resolved, especially by those whose life gets cut short. In this hilarious mashup of drama and comedy, I was certainly hooked. This mini-review serves as my intro to Dave Gilbank, the writer-director of Polterheist. He’s been making independent works for about 15 years, and is now based in the UK–the place to experience many a classic haunt due to its millennia-old history–and I had to ask how this story came about.

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