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Originally posted by teflon_superhero
I'm one to believe things are fake, but Ghost Hunters seems to be more 'real' than most paranormal shows out there.
Example: Most Haunted *shudders*
Again, they do tend to debunk it or try to debunk it. And I know I've gotten frustrated when about 5 or so episodes in a row, there's no evidence in any case presented.
Now, the promotional spots for the next episode...definitely fake. I'm so sick and tired of hearing "The greatest discovery YET!" only for it to be a bat flying out and scaring the pants off of grown men.
Originally posted by fleabit
I think that they are frauds personally. That is, the shows where they find extroidinary evidence, I think those are faked. And I find it hard to believe that they could be fooled every time, so I'm thinking they are in on it.
Lighthouse episode: A moment before the chair moves, there is a reflection in the window of a sharp movement outside. Like, 1/8th of a second before it moves. It's obvious to me that someone pulled a string. It's less obvious to those who believe (from the official site, when I would chat with them about it); they would rather think someone just happened to be moving on the stairs at the very moment the chair moved. Sorry, I don't buy that.
Laughably fake imo. You see a "ghost" move up the walkway.. then running away. It was wearing sneakers. I guess those old prison ghosts just like wearing Reebox or something. hmm.. a ghost wearing sneakers moves up along the walkway, then runs away on it, obeying the laws of physics.. (not moving through bars, off the walkway, etc), one would guess it is a physical object.
I watched through a couple seasons, but I came to two conclusions:
1. A show on paranomal studies is NOT a very good show to do. Because what are REALLY the odds that people will catch something on a given night? Lottery winning odds perhaps? And I don't mean heat signatures or cool spots or anything like that, but talking about moving objects and the dramatic stuff that occurs on the show. The odds are so low, that these guys *repeatedly* getting this on tape, would defy all odds. So the only way to make this show sell, is to have some drama. If you have none, people get bored, and the show goes away, end of story.
2. These guys have to be in the know on the fakes. I've heard some suggest that those responsible for the show are doing the faking, and tricking these guys. I don't buy that at all. They are there all night. They man the cameras, that's why they are there. And yet people are hoaxing them right in front of their eyes? Naw.. I think not.
I think that some of the stuff they find MAY be legit, since these are some fairly haunted spots they hit. But I'm talking about EVP, EMF readings, stuff like that. Not the spectacular things that happen, I think those are all staged.
I quit watching the show. While I DID enjoy their studies, and a supposedly nuetral standpoint, I did NOT enjoy being made a fool of. I am not going to sit each week and watch some ridiculous stunt pulled off to help ratings. They've gotten sneakier, but especially some of the earlier ones, were very obvious fakes. Even some of the new stuff is easily explained.
I'd love a serious show on this subject, but I think it wouldn't last long, it would be some heat and sound readings, and nothing more. That doesn't sell.