Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Book Review: True Casefiles of a Paranormal Investigator by Stephen Lancaster

True Casefiles of a Paranormal Investigator is a 2012 book by Stephen Lancaster.  He had his first paranormal experience as a child when he was attacked by "a violent and unseen force" (pg. 1); years later, his mother told him that the same thing happened to her when she was 10 years old, the same age Stephen was when he had his terrifying experience.  Stephen later assembled the P.I.T. (Paranormal Investigation Team) Crew and began producing a TV show (starring the P.I.T. Crew) called Monstervision TV the following year.  I don't want to give too much away about the book, but I will say that there's a chapter about a poltergeist that I probably shouldn't have read right before I went to bed...the case involved floating purses and Stephen being hit in the eye with a spool of thread that flew off of the dresser, and it was pretty creepy!  I really enjoyed the chapter about the Webb Memorial Library since I spent eight years working at a library... there was a ton of spooky stuff in that chapter, and if any of that had been happening at my library, I wouldn't have lasted eight minutes there, let alone eight years!  I also really liked the chapter called "The Music House," which was about a house that was haunted by a female child and an adult male who were most active when music was playing.  The owner thought it might have something to do with the home's antique piano, so Stephen tested this by playing it; while he was playing, all three of his video cameras turned off, then he heard a male voice, and a mist that he could not see in person turned up in pictures that were taken that night.

True Casefiles of a Paranormal Investigator is a fascinating read, and Stephen is a brave man.  I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in becoming a paranormal investigator or to people like me, who are interested in it, but are too chicken to ever do it themselves. ; )

My rating: 8/10

Friday, August 29, 2014

New Paranormal Show: Intruders

Intruders began airing on BBC America on Saturday, August 23rd, and it stars Mira Sorvino, John Simm, James Frain, Millie Brown, and Tory Kittles.  According to the show's website, it's about "a secret society devoted to chasing immortality by seeking refuge in the bodies of others"...sounds interesting!


Intruders takes place in Washington and Oregon, and the primary characters are:

Jack Whelan (John Simm): A writer and former cop
Amy Whelan (Mira Sorvino): Jack's lawyer wife, who disappears in the first episode
Richard Shepherd (James Frain): An assassin who is in pursuit of a young girl
Madison (Millie Brown): A nine-year-old girl who is not what she seems
Gary Fischer (Tory Kettles): Jack's friend from high school, who asks Jack for help with a murder case

I enjoyed the first episode and will definitely watch the rest of them...I want to see where this goes.  : )  If you missed the first episode, you can watch it here:


Monday, August 25, 2014

Ghostbusters in theaters

This year is the 30th Anniversary of Ghostbusters, so it's heading back to movie theaters starting August 28th (well, Fandango says the 29th, but my theater is showing it on the 28th, so other theaters probably are too).  I was only three years old when it came out in 1984, so I'm happy to have the chance to finally see Ghostbusters on the big screen!  If you'd like to go, check Fandango for showings in your city:


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Paranormal Haiku, Part 5

Ghosts...they're everywhere.
Making noise, moving our things,
Haunting our houses.
It's so annoying.
Get a life, you pesky ghosts.
Oh, wait...you can't. (Burn!)

What's that in the sky?
If you don't know what it is,
It's a UFO.

How come in movies,
Aliens almost always
Want to destroy us?
Maybe the real ones
Are nice like E.T. or ALF.
I like to think so.
If they wanted to
Destroy the Earth, wouldn't they
Have done it by now?

There is no reason
To be terrified of ghosts.
They probably won't
Kill you, but there are
People who might. People are
Scarier than ghosts.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Movie Spotlight: Haunter

Haunter is a 2013 movie starring Abigail Breslin, Stephen McHattie, Samantha Weinstein, Peter DaCunha, Peter Outerbridge, and Michelle Nolden.  Abigail Breslin plays Lisa Johnson, the ghost of a teenage girl who was murdered in 1985.  She's the only one in her family who is smart enough to realize that the fact that every day is the day before her 16th birthday means they are all dead.  Lisa, her parents (Michelle Nolden and Peter Outerbridge), and her brother (Peter DaCunha) were murdered in 1985 and keep living that day over and over again...it's like Groundhog Day for ghosts!

I've been a fan of Abigail Breslin since Little Miss Sunshine, and she was great in Haunter.  I've watched a lot of movies I've never heard of for this blog, and Haunter is better than most of them (the acting is much better too).  The plot was interesting, and I liked that it was told from a ghost's point-of-view.

My rating: 7/10

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Movie Spotlight: The Occupants

The Occupants is a 2013 movie starring Cristin Milioti (who I loved as the mother on How I Met Your Mother...which is why I hated the way that series ended) and Michael Rady.  New parents Lucy and Wade have just moved into a new home.  Things are great at first...but then Lucy starts seeing ghosts.  When Lucy describes one of them, Wade says that it sounds like the woman from a dream he had.  Ruth (Macey Cruthird), the babysitter, tells Lucy that "Jesus says there's no such thing as ghosts" (one of the dumbest sentences that has ever been uttered), but that demons are real, so that must be what Lucy is seeing.  The next day at work, Lucy's coworker Glen (James Urbaniak), who is totally in love with her and pissed that she broke up with him and married someone else, questions whether she trusts her husband and finds it strange that she saw the woman from Wade's dream; Lucy asks if he's implying that Wade is "planting ideas in [her] head and [she's] just dumb enough to go along with them," and he says he's not, but he so is.  One night Lucy and Wade see the spirits of a couple and their daughter, the man (Toby Huss) screaming over and over again "Where's your sister?"  From this, Lucy figures out that the missing sister must still be alive and might even be one of the clients at the clinic where Lucy counsels abused women (seems like kind of a reach, but whatever).          

The Occupants wasn't very scary, but Cristin Milioti did a great job in a not-so-great movie.  The twist at the end was one I did not see coming, and I always appreciate that.

My rating: 6/10

Saturday, August 9, 2014