Tag Archives: Travel Channel

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 Scorecard on Travel Channel’s Newest Scares

27 Oct

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

“Halloween is Travel Channel’s Superbowl,” said general manager Matthew Butler of Travel Channel in an open statement. “We’re pulling out all the stops for ‘Ghostober’ this year–from a live ghost hunt in Salem, Massachusetts, and an iconic investigation of the house that inspired The Conjuring, to reopening the case files of America’s first ghost hunter, Hans Holzer. And we have the biggest stars and experts in the field to take us to every haunted, cobweb-covered corner in America, including Zak Bagans and the Ghost Adventures Crew, Jason Hawes and his team of paranormal pioneers and newcomer Dakota Laden, who will bring fear to a new level. There’s no better–and scarier–place to be this October than tuned in to Travel Channel.”

What that means to those who loves tuning in to these shows is that we’ll have content throughout the week and well into Christmas. Obviously we can’t obsessively try to watch everything that comes what may. This weekend was a busy one with another program finally airing on television. While the others have more than an episode to offer to viewers, I offer my thoughts about these new series that I’ve been able to find crossing a different barrier: regional broadcasts. A few became quickly available for streaming before being removed on YouTube.

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Josh Gates’ Expedition Launches into Real Life Mysteries. A Review

9 Jan

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)


Josh Gates is one of those media personalities/presenters who has done more to fuel the proverbial fires of controversy with such shows like Destination Unknown in his search for cryptozoological and supernatural creatures. Maybe he has found evidence proving other beasts, namely the Yeti, exists but he cannot reveal it lest the textbooks get rewritten. Love his style or not, namely a paranormal reality program called Stranded (that’s a clone of MTV’s Fear), this daring adventurer can shrug off misfires and continue on with new escapades.

His bravado is what makes him adorable on-screen and his sense of humour is what draws many people into watching. There’s a lovable goofy charm about him when he steps into other worlds in his quest for finding answers to mysteries nearly impossible to solve. And when that includes guest appearances in Fact or Faked and Ghost Hunters, trying to appear credible is hardly ever an issue for him.

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