Face Off 4 Recap: Superhero Disasters

January 23, 2013 09:34:29 by Ryan Haidet

After working in pairs for the first Spotlight Challenge of the season, the 13 remaining contestants on Face Off season 4 worked solo this time around with the task of creating an original superhero.  After swinging by Comic-Con for motivation, the aspiring special effects makeup artists immediately started bringing their creations to life.  Although I’ve never been a big fan of superheroes or comic books, but I thought this challenge was pretty cool because the winner’s creation would be placed in the pages of a future DC comic.  But after seeing all of the finished makeups, I doubt DC is thrilled with offering the opportunity because none of them were impressive whatsoever.  I would actually argue that the creations from this episode were collectively the worst in the show’s history.  How did all of the finished makeups look?  We’ve got close-up pictures of every single superhero disaster creation inside this article!

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Ghost Hunters Season 9 Premiere Recap: Hollywood Horrors, A New Investigator Joins The Team

January 16, 2013 08:02:58 by Ryan Haidet

After going on hiatus for just a few weeks, Ghost Hunters has returned for the start of season nine with the TAPS team investigating a pair of Hollywood locations — one tied to the infamous Black Dahlia murder, the other inside Madame Tussauds popular wax museum.  Before the search for spirits started, a new investigator joined the show.  Who is it?  If you watched Ghost Hunters Academy, it’s somebody you’re already familiar with.  Why does her addition to the team bother me?  Plus, on the heels of one of the most frustratingly ridiculous seasons of Ghost Hunters, was this new episode able to get season nine off on the right foot?  What kind of evidence did they capture?  I’ve got loads of dastardly details and all my opinions inside this article!

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Face Off 4 Premiere Recap: True Talent Explodes As New Season Debuts

January 15, 2013 09:02:58 by Ryan Haidet

It’s the biggest season of Face Off ever as season four kicked off with 14 brand new aspiring special effects makeup artists battling it out to be crowned champion and the winner of the $100,000 grand prize.  More importantly, the winner gets the amazing exposure and potential ticket into Hollywood.  While I don’t feel this premiere episode is the strongest the show has ever seen, it was still a total blast to watch true talent explode on the screen.  I’m still amazed by the stellar work these folks are able to create in such a short amount of time, which is why I will continue to argue that this is one of the best reality shows currently on television.  Since its inception, Face Off has consistently been a fun ride filled with exciting personalities and tension-filled moments.  Tonight’s big battle kicked off the season by putting the new contestants through a pair of royally tough challenges, which left one eliminated from the competition and another shining as a true star.

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Face Off 4 Review: Premiere Delivers Solid Start With Royal Battle

January 14, 2013 08:00:43 by Ryan Haidet

I was lucky enough to be given a press preview disc of Face Off season four’s upcoming premiere — and what a treat it is.  The upcoming edition, which has a 90-minute debut on Tuesday, features 14 all-new aspiring special effects makeup artists in one of television’s best reality shows that features absolute talent.  While this season’s premiere episode isn’t as exciting as last season’s unpredictable turn of events in which Joe quit the competition, it is still a fun example of reality television at its finest.  Within minutes of the 14 newbies gathering together, the competition begins with a big battle of royalty.

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Ghost Hunters Finale Recap: TAPS Returns To Mark Twain’s Haunted House

December 5, 2012 08:07:35 by Ryan Haidet

Tonight, the most frustrating season of Ghost Hunters came to an end as the TAPS team returned to investigate the Mark Twain house in Hartford, Connecticut.  They had been there three years ago to search for proof of the paranormal and decided it was time to try again.  Since some believed some of the paranormal activity at the house is connected to the Twain’s favorite holiday, they felt it would be the perfect time to return.  Only trouble is, this episode was filmed long before Christmas decorations started popping up.  I mean, look at all of the exterior shots they had of the house.  The trees were all green and it appeared to be quite warm outdoors because nobody was wearing heavy enough clothing to prove otherwise.  So using the holidays as a reason for increased paranormal activity would be totally bogus here.  What evidence, if any, were they able to capture?

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Face Off 4: Meet The New Contestants

December 4, 2012 08:00:06 by Ryan Haidet

A batch of 14 newbies are ready to battle in television’s epic monster mash as Face Off returns to SyFy for its fourth season on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 9 p.m.  SyFy.com has posted bios on the new contestants — which includes a guy who has been dating a former Face Off contestant.  Get the gory guts on the new contestants and read about a strange cast-announcement mystery by cutting deep into this story!

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Ghost Hunters Recap — Investigator Ashley Troub Cut Loose From The Show

November 28, 2012 09:12:03 by Ryan Haidet

After last week’s insultingly ridiculous episode as we were forced to watch Jason pretend he’s still a working plumber with Roto-Rooter, the TAPS team made its way to the Rochester Public Library in Rochester, New York.  As a disclaimer, I watched tonight’s episode of Ghost Hunters from my bed where I’ve spent all day coughing up a wicked storm and battling an apparent sinus infection.  Not a good state for me to be watching this show, which I have been very critical of this season.  In fact, I  went into this episode expecting the same exaggerated garbage that Ghost Hunters has recently been dishing out — especially after the nonsense displayed last week.  On the heels of yet another amazing Survivor: Philippines episode, was this show finally able to deliver something worthwhile?  The highlight was actually something that was really disappointing as the investigator-in-training Ashley Troub was reassigned and essentially removed from the show.

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Ghost Hunters Recap: Still Pushing The Plumber Nonsense

November 21, 2012 08:15:01 by Ryan Haidet

I seriously can’t stand when Ghost Hunters still tries to sell us the concept that lead investigator Jason Hawes is still a working plumber with Roto-Rooter.  That’s exactly how tonight’s episode kicked off.  Seriously, nobody believes Jason is still working as a plumber.  He possibly would never have time to do it.  When I interviewed TAPS investigator Britt Griffith in June 2011, he said the show sucks up the majority of his year.  I realize the show is trying to continue the story that he’s a plumber-turned-paranormal investigator, but it’s getting totally phony.  Last season when they showcased Jason working as a plumber, his long-time co-investigator Grant Wilson was working at his side.  Suddenly, because Grant is off the show he no longer works as a plumber with Jason?  That should be your first clue that this dose of “reality” is nothing but ridiculous.  Was the investigation and evidence any better as the TAPS team searched for spirits at Western Kentucky University?  The location was promising with creepy instances including a man who fell through a skylight, a woman who hung herself and a girl was murdered with an ax.  But was the evidence as interesting?

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Ghost Hunters Recap: Swinging Chandelier At Hammond Castle

November 14, 2012 08:26:19 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.

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Ghost Hunters Recap: Post-Production Additions Make Paranormal Evidence Doubtful

November 7, 2012 08:18:14 by Ryan Haidet

Go ahead, Ghost Hunters fans.  Hate on me as much as you want.  Tonight’s episode was nothing but silly.  Watching this hour in which TAPS investigated two different locations was such a buzzkill having come after the awesome Survivor: Philippines episode right before it.  My frustration all surrounds an obviously inserted voiceover that makes me doubt any “reality” this show attempts to portray.

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