A shuttered shoe factory that has been transformed into a restaurant was the focus of the first freaky investigation on Ghost Hunters. The Topstone Mill in Claremont, New Hampshire has been filled with a variety of paranormal claims from the restaurant’s employees who have heard footsteps and seen shadows, among other creepy things. I find it hilarious that footsteps are heard in a former shoe factory. How appropriate, right?
Roy, Nicole, Laura and Derek: The final four Face Off season 3 contestants. This week’s episode sent one more packing and left us with the final three who will compete for the grand prize in next week’s finale. For this week’s challenge, the aspiring special effects makeup artists found themselves in Griffith Park face to face with four different over-the-top, bloody crime scenes — each with a murder victim who “died” in a not-so-normal way. Each contestant had to choose one of the death scenarios as their motivation to create the creature that likely caused the gruesome death. For a show based on special effects makeup, this was a really cool concept.
With Halloween right around the corner, it was nice to have an entertaining episode of Ghost Hunters for once. Some of it was the usual nonsense with the investigators exaggerating their experiences, but it did offer up an overall creepy vibe and one very interesting piece of footage of a full-bodied apparition roaming around. The investigation swirled around multiple freaky sightings at the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, Illinois. The main ghost at the location is that of a little boy who died inside the theater after he was hit by a car outside. Various staff members have claimed to seeing the child’s spirit all throughout the theater. His presence has become such a commonality that they gave him a name: Kevin.
Face Off took a robotic twist this week as the final five aspiring makeup artists worked to create an original cyborg character. To help get them each motivated for the project, the contestants were taken to a junkyard where they gathered various parts to include in their final product. While I didn’t think this task would interest me very much since cyborgs aren’t my thing, I was extremely impressed by some of the finished makeups.
Dating back to 1852, the Old State Capitol building in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was the focus of tonight’s Ghost Hunters investigation. A congressman died in the massive building following a heated debate about gambling in which he collapsed. Jason, the TAPS team lead investigator, said the energy behind the congressman’s death is the type of story that often ties itself to paranormal activity. It’s also noteworthy that the historic building’s basement was used by the Union Army as a prison during the Civil War. What kind of evidence did TAPS capture? All the details are inside!
Being on a reality show, they say, might make you famous some day.
The Face Off contents aspiring for success, found themselves in Seussian stress.
After stopping by the home of the Grinch, the contestants once again found themselves in a time pinch.
While battling to survive another round, one’s lackluster makeup sent them homeward bound.
Hey, at least it actually rhymes.
While I am definitely no Dr. Seuss, his masterful mix of words and crazy creations were used as the motivation for this week’s spotlight challenge. Standing on the Universal Studios backlot in a snowy scene ripped straight from Dr. Seuss’s “How The Grinch Stole Christmas,” the remaining makeup artists met with host McKenzie Westmore who revealed the next spotlight challenge: To create a human-hybrid creation inspired by a character from Dr. Seuss’s “Sleep Book.” Awesome! I love Dr. Seuss! Naturally, I loved the way the finished makeups came out. Jump inside the rest of the story to see close-up photos of every Seuss makeup.
As their search for spirits continues, the TAPS team traveled to Fort Ontario in upstate New York, on tonight’s episode of Ghost Hunters. The fort, which was built in 1755, served an important purpose in WWII by providing sanctuary for Jewish refugees fleeing the Holocaust. “This was the only place in the United States that there was a shelter,” the president of the Safe Haven Museum said. Prior to that, many died there in bloody battles dating back to the French and Indian War. For those reasons, many witnesses believe the location is haunted by those who lost their lives there. Were they able to capture any compelling paranormal evidence?
With only six contestants left in the competition, Face Off welcomed a monster twist to the competition. “Today’s challenge could potentially change someone’s life,” host McKenzie Westmore said before revealing that all of the formerly eliminated makeup artists — except for quitter Joe — were back to compete for a shot back in the game. Ah, ripping a twist right from Survivor. Appropriately, the theme for the redemption-style Foundation Challenge was based on Day of the Dead since one of the five ousted artists would rise from the grave and be given new life in the competition. Which ousted artist resurrected their life and returned to the battle? Dive inside to find out more and to see close-up shots of all the finished makeups!
A new investigator joined the TAPS team as tonight’s episode of Ghost Hunters took the paranormal investigators to the Alexandria Zoo in Louisiana. At that location, many folks believe the place is haunted by Les, the man who transformed the park into what it is today. “There’s certain places that you can feel his presence more,” one witness declared. Another said that he could feel the man’s spirit right at that moment saying it was “palpable.” Whether or not these people are being serious, the evidence revealed at the end of the hour wasn’t as compelling as the commercials were selling it to be.
Thankfully, this week’s episode of Face Off included two challenges, which this season has mostly been lacking. Sadly, neither challenge was based on anything very compelling — the spotlight challenge was actually just a giant commercial for a video game. It was sad to see the main motivation for the competition basically being used as an additional way to make some cash from the company promoting the new game. Whether you believe it or not, this was totally selling out. Despite the disappointing premise for the competition, the final makeups turned out pretty cool. Head inside the article to see close-up pictures of the complete makeups and to find out who was eliminated!