Tag Archives: Paranormal

Watch to Watch with Josh Gates Guiding the Expeditions for Halloween

26 Oct

Josh Gates Live! - Mayo Performing Arts CenterBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Very few shows cannot match the enthusiasm that host, Josh Gates, extols when on an expedition. He rose to fame with Destination Truth on SyFy. This paranormal reality show saw him travel around the world and try to to find some evidence that those places are haunted. There are no easy pickings of which episodes are the best as the show is more about watching and listening to him provide the stories. With Discovery Plus available in more countries, this host’s filmography is nearly entirely available online for people to see.

These days, he’s one of the kings of the pop culture talk show scene with Josh Gates Presents. He delves into the fandom rather than the folklore. This show emerged during the pandemic crisis as he could not travel, and it’s become part of my weekly ritual when a new episode. The format is very clearly a platform to pimp out Discovery Channel’s other programs, and I’m okay with it. Oddly, nothing’s advertised this week for All Hallow’s Eve, so I’ll have to look at older episodes, to get into the spirit, like:

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Vancouver’s Most Haunted in Review

22 Oct

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Torchwood Editions
Available to order on Amazon USA

Although Ian Gibbs of Victoria’s Most Haunted (2017) didn’t take a road trip to explore the rest of Haunted Vancouver Island to put into a new book (it’s been tackled by Shannon Sinn), he is back examining the Lower Mainland instead! This time, he’s delving into the secrets Greater Vancouver has tucked away. Instead of always tackling the most well-known places, he went around to find other incidents in Vancouver’s Most Haunted: Supernatural Encounters in BC’s Terminal City.

I’ve looked at his first collection (review here) and it’s an enjoyable read. This latest shows how his narrative has developed over the years. When Gibbs is not telling tales of meeting the undead as one of the many guides in Victoria, BC’s Discover the Past’s Ghostly Walks, he’s working on his next Ghost n’ Bears podcast. What he enjoys the most is extoling the incident that helped shaped the transition of human to spirit. Sometimes, as with a certain “Private Home on Marine Drive,” it’s about testing the cultural mainstays of whether other ethnic cultures believe in this world or not. Kristy’s (not her real name) experience of staying at her grandparent’s luxury home is a standout. It is this chapter and another run-in at a private residence that I found the most engaging to read.

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Halloween Inspired Thrills for (Animated) Ghostseekers!

18 Oct

Jeremy Zag en Instagram: “Ghostforce #ghostforce #zagheroez #ghost  #superpower #superhero” in 2021 | Miraculous ladybug anime, Ladybug anime,  Miraculous ladybug comicBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Part of the every year’s Halloween fun is to partake in the paranormal. Whether that’s with participating in a ghost hunt or trick and treating, there’s also bonfires and sometimes just enjoying a program on television on those chilly nights. Nearly every spooky animated television series has a Halloween themed episode. This year has a few new entries from popular shows for this decade, but the the classics, I’ll fondly turn to Scooby-Doo. “To Switch a Witch,” is a favourite. The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour featured “The Headless Horseman of Halloween” and What’s New Scooby-Doo? featured “A Scooby-Doo Halloween.”

In part one, I offer my picks from series where the ghost is a key figure in the cast. 

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How Much do We Want to Believe? Haunted Objects Part Two

6 Oct

nullBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Are Ouija boards the real deal? It’s tough to say when Spiritualists swear by it, occultists warn about being careful in what you seek, and mediums say as long as you perform the right ceremonies before and after use, it’s safe. This means having the right mindset, if not wards of protection up. Other caveats are to say “goodbye” before removing your finger from the planchette (which is nicely included in this video) and politely ask that those entities not follow you home afterwards. 

The We Want to Believe team (also known as Canadian Paranormal Foundation) had a fun time with this board in part two of Haunted Objects. They used an old one that was allegedly destroyed; it repaired itself the next day. They used it to communicate with those entities said to be connected with it. Instead of following up with the items they were investigating in part one, this next episode examines new objects. This episode is a different kind of watch given the jovial energy the group was putting out. If any nasty ghost was there, it’d flee instead of throwing a poltergeist tantrum.

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That Ain’t No Fouke (or is it?) In Mytheries

6 Sep

Searching for Sasquatch: Cryptozoologist Lyle Blackburn has new book  featuring Fouke MonsterBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Now Playing on YouTube
The Paranormal Network

A new episode is now online of The Paranormal Network’s Mytheries. This time, the focus is on the Fouke Monster, a local Bigfoot type creature whose base of operations is in Fouke, Arkansas. It came into prominence in the early 1970s and whether it is real is still debated nearly 50 years later.

Jessica Dwyer, the series host, addresses both sides of the argument and, like previous shows, offers a point of view which includes how the monster of the month is ingrained in pop culture. She doesn’t add more to the lore, other than how it’s become part of this town’s livelihood. The addition of how the law is accepting of the influence–instead of discounting–says it all. This sweet update is all I need to know when investigations are infrequent.

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