November 14, 2012 08:26 PM by Ryan Haidet
Just when I have reached the highest level of frustration with Ghost Hunters, the hit paranormal spookfest finally brought the show back to its freaky roots and delivered the best episode of this entire season. Much different from last week’s disgraceful episode, tonight’s hour was actually something worth investing interest in. For this investigation, the TAPS team partnered up with Josh Gates, host of SyFy‘s Destination Truth and Ghost Hunters Live specials, to search for spirits inside the Hammond Castle in Gloucester, Massachusetts, since he grew up nearby. And one moment, very reminiscent of the first Paranormal Activity movie, involved a swinging chandelier.
The Hammond Castle, a 1920s recreation of a Gothic castle, is now a museum that many people in the area believe is very haunted. Throughout the years, some people have claimed experiencing paranormal activity like disembodied voices, objects moving on their own and seeing full-bodied apparitions. The entire place was very creepy not only in appearance, but also in its strange history. The man who once lived there was a scientist who invented numerous different things throughout his life while conducting experiments of his own regarding the paranormal. After death, that man, who is buried on the property, said he wanted to be reincarnated as a black cat. This is definitely a location made for Ghost Hunters!
When the investigation began, strange sounds struck the eardrums of nearly every member of the TAPS team including a weird whistling and raspy whimper. While the whistling sound was definitely audible immediately, I didn’t hear any of the raspy whimper. The coolest moment of the entire episode came when Josh spotted a chandelier swinging hard by itself just like the moment in the first Paranormal Activity movie. Trying to make sure the cliche haunted house activity wasn’t something caused by somebody walking in the room above, Ashley went upstairs and stomped around. Her movements didn’t recreate the swinging chandelier, which convinced them that they had witnessed something paranormal.
The episode finished with Jason and Steve revealing an audio recording of a raspy voice, which they believed was saying “Hammond.” Honestly, I wasn’t impressed by that sound whatsoever because it could have been somebody sliding something across a floor in another part of the castle. While they seemed to be most excited about the voice, I think the chandelier was by far the best piece of evidence they were able to snag.
I really enjoyed this episode because it captured the essence of what made this show so successful to begin with. It was simple, creepy and entertaining. The freaked-out reactions from the TAPS team didn’t seem as embarrassingly exaggerated as we’ve recently seen, which makes everything seem much more believable. Plus, the entire hour focused on a single location, which I like much more because it gives us more of an opportunity to experience their lengthy investigations instead of cutting the episode in half and showing us a tiny bit from two different spots.
What are your thoughts on this episode? Do you believe any of the evidence TAPS captured is proof of the paranormal? Who is your favorite investigator? Do you have any strange paranormal experiences yourself? Sound off and leave a comment below.
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