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?
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.
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.
For the first time ever, the Face Off winner was crowned based on America’s vote during a live one-hour finale on Halloween night. The entire cast, well, all of them but quitter Joe who voluntarily left in the first episode, reunited together to watch either Derek, Laura or Nicole rewarded with the title of Face Off champion along with $100,000, a new Toyota and the opportunity to be a guest lecturer at the Makeup Forever academies in New York and Paris. Who is the new champion? The details are inside…
After weeks of competition, it all comes down to this: Laura. Nicole. Derek. The final three Face Off contestants squared off in their last challenge of the season battling for the $100,000 grand prize and title of champion. The task for the epic final challenge was actually a really neat concept with a Halloween twist. More details and close-up photos of all the finished makeups are inside!
Every Halloween season, one former reality star likes to lurk inside the Bloodview Haunted House in Broadview Heights, Ohio (just south of Cleveland). The night we stopped by Bloodview to chat with Beki Ingram from Face Off season two, she was dressed in a black costume portraying a “shadow demon.” During our exclusive interview with Beki, she offered behind-the-scenes details about different elements of Face Off. With the third season about to crown a winner, it’s the perfect time to check in with Beki. Dive inside this story to watch our exclusive interview to hear everything Beki has to say, including why watching season three makes her “anxiety ridden.”
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.