September 12, 2012 06:55 PM by Ryan Haidet
Being a huge horror fan, I was super excited that TAPS traveled to Camp Rutledge in George — a location of a “Friday the 13th movie” — for the first investigation on tonight’s episode of Ghost Hunters. The creepiest paranormal claim at the location is some who reported seeing the spirit of a young boy who looks like he drowned. Some folks even claimed they saw unexplained wet footprints inside a cabin. Holy crap! This is just like the original “Friday the 13th” story in which a young Jason Voorhees drowns before coming back from the dead to kill stupid camp counselors in a slew of silly sequels. Sadly, the show never acknowledged the “Friday the 13th” connection, which would have made it the only neat part of the episode.
Strange Red Eyes
After setting up all their equipment, the TAPS team started their investigation of the camp. Britt and Jason noticed that there were no birds or animals around them, which they felt could possibly be a result of energy pushing them away. Oh, please. That’s how far you’re going to try and push it? As they walked around Cabin 5, the guys suddenly claimed to see a pair of bright red eyes. Upon the multiple unnecessary replay, the “eyes” appeared to be flickering. “That’s just huge evidence,” Jason Hawes said because one of his cameramen had captured the eyes on film himself. Sorry, not convinced.
In & Around The Cabins
When Ami and Adam were investigating inside one of the cabins, they heard some strange scratching sounds. After Adam had a temporary freakout, they attributed the sounds to big burrowing beetles. Definitely worse than any ghost. Ick.
Meanwhile, Jason and Steve heard something rustling around in the woods. Very very dark woods. While they never found the actual source, they were somehow able to determine it wasn’t likely coming from an animal. Are you kidding me?!?! It’s DARK OUTSIDE! So dark that any small animal could have scurried by undetected. I’ve been in the woods at night and heard strange sounds before. This was just silly.
Then we had to suffer through several minutes of Adam and Ami walking around the same dark outdoors to see if they could hear the strange sounds. Instead, they saw a small, quick flash of light. When it was replayed over and over and over, I believe it was just a lightning bug. The nightvision camera makes it hard to tell what anything actually is unless it’s the main focal point.
In the end, the big reveal proved nothing interesting other than a worthless EVP that was impossible to understand although they believed it was something saying, “Trust me.” Nah. It was just scuffing. Shockingly (sense my sarcasm?), Jason determined the location was likely an elemental haunting. Whatever.
For the second half of the episode, the TAPS team investigated a house in Marion, North Carolina. This location was a concern of the team because a mother was afraid something paranormal was trying to hurt her child. Upon their arrival, the mother told some strange stories about how her child sees the apparition. “Him’s got black eyes and they’re very scary,” the mother said her daughter, Sophie, once told her. Creepy.
With the lights out, it didn’t take long for Ami and Jason to start hearing voices and unexplained knocking sounds. Moments later, Ami went and sat alone inside the girl’s bedroom where she quickly heard a male voice and footsteps. None of it came across on camera.
Steve and Tango took over the investigation as Ami and Jason went outside to watch the monitors. Suddenly, Steve and Tango heard a weird noise, which I thought resembled a dog barking in the distance. They, of course, thought it was knocking. As usual, they encouraged the spirit to continue knocking, but no sound happened. Instead, Jason radioed in asking if somebody was in the bedroom behind them because he spotted something on camera from the truck. They jumped from their seats and rushed into the bedroom to find nothing inside.
At the reveal, Jason and Ami played audio of an obvious voice. While I couldn’t clearly understand what was being said, Jason thought it was saying “I don’t mean to scare Sophie.” The EVP brought tears to the mother’s eyes because she was happy to hear the entity wasn’t trying to scare or hurt anybody in the house.
After last week’s dreadful episode and tonight’s uneventful hour, I think the show is on a downward spiral toward its own grave. It’s just not fun to watch anymore, which I hate to admit because I used to love this show. It’s becoming too similar to the entirely unwatchable Ghost Adventures on the Travel Channel. It has sadly lost its (get ready for it…) spirit. I also want to point out that there was no mention of long-time co-investigator Grant Wilson. I know the show is moving on without him, but there wasn’t any indication that he was ever a part of the team.
What are your thoughts on tonight’s episode? Do you think any of the evidence captured is proof of something paranormal? Are you getting used to Grant Wilson being gone from the show? Do you have any personal paranormal experiences? Sound off and leave a comment below!
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