Ghost Hunters Recap: Haunted Mansions, Old Frustrations

February 6, 2013 07:59:46 by Ryan Haidet

After last season’s disastrously embarrassing episodes of Ghost Hunters, season 9 has really impressed me.  The prime reason?  I honestly believe it’s the locations.  Each week I have found myself excited by the twisted tales of the lurid locations the TAPS team has set up shop to search for spirits.  From a home connected to the murder mystery involving the Black Dahlia to last week’s eerie investigation at a decrepit asylum, TAPS has really found some awesome new spots — including tonight as they made their way to Cortland, New York to search for proof of the paranormal at the 1890 House.  But the location was pretty much the only positive thing this episode had to offer as the TAPS team was back to their old, silly, exaggerative ways.  Frustrating, yes.

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Face Off 4 Recap: Bearded Ladies & Candy Creatures

February 6, 2013 11:11:17 by Ryan Haidet

Only Face Off could mix bearded ladies and candy to create an amazingly entertaining hour of television.  Based on the previews alone, this challenge is the one I have been most excited about because of the short, teasing glimpses at some of the finished products — especially the crazy creature with the sharp-toothed chewing stomach (check it out above!).  Don’t lie, that’s the one you’ve been looking forward to since it was teased in the preview at the end of season three’s Halloween finale.  While the final makeups resulted in some really stunning creativity and outstanding work, it also proved a bit disastrous for a few of the contestants.  It even put one contestant in a really sticky situation when his gooey, melted gummy guy got stuck to the floor during the makeup application process.  On top of all that, another contestant packed up their makeup kit as the fourth person booted from the show.  Who was it?  All the details are inside this article!  Plus, we have 38 more sweet pictures from this episode alone of all the candy creations that you might actually get a cavity just glimpsing at them!

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Ghost Hunters Recap: Asylum Of 16,000 Deaths

January 30, 2013 08:01:25 by Ryan Haidet

The TAPS team found yet another super spooky location for tonight’s investigation on Ghost Hunters: The Peoria Asylum in Bartonville, Illinois.  The massive former mental hospital, which opened in 1902, is said to be home to 16,000 deaths throughout its haunted history.  As a result of ongoing renovations, many believe the spirits have been stirred up even more.  In addition to the usual paranormal experiences like disembodied footsteps and strange sounds, the main focus has been on two specific spirits.  The first is the so-called “Woman in White” with long, stringy hair and crazy eyes.  One person even captured a photo of what he believes is the woman in white standing in a window staring back at him.  Then there’s the ghost of Dr. Zeller, a doctor with a tight connection to the asylum.  What evidence was the TAPS team able to capture this time?  Did the woman in white or Dr. Zeller manifest themselves?  Turn down the lights, and read deeper into this article to find out…  if you’re brave enough!

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Face Off 4 Recap — Welcome To Hell

January 30, 2013 09:38:11 by Ryan Haidet

The 12 remaining Face Off contestants were forced to face their demons — literally.  “Welcome to Hell,” host McKenzie Westmore said to all of them as they arrived in the desert to learn about their next Spotlight Challenge.  Working in teams of two, each randomly paired duo selected a demon from a specific culture with the task of bringing the evil being to life.  The aspiring special effects makeup artists loved the concept of the challenge, but little did they know there was a big twist that would suddenly change their entire designs.  In the end, the finished demonic makeups from frozen hell were far superior to the superhero disasters from last week’s episode.  Not only do we have all the details inside this article, but, as always, we’ve got more close-up photos of the finished makeups than you’ll find anywhere else.  Jump in and enjoy!

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Ghost Hunters Recap: Searching For Spirits In San Juan Capistrano

January 23, 2013 07:57:14 by Ryan Haidet

After last week’s Hollywood-based investigations, the TAPS team stayed in Southern California for their latest search for spirits on Ghost Hunters.  Mission San Juan Capistrano in San Juan Capistrano, California, is a location that many locals there believe is peppered with paranormal activity.  Due to the size of the location, the TAPS team welcomed Josh Gates of Destination Truth as a guest investigator to help them cover extra ground.  I always enjoy the episodes with Josh because I feel he adds a bit of credibility to a show based in skepticism.  Were they able to find any evidence to prove that Mission San Juan Capistrano is actually haunted?

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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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