Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Great Little Winter Retreat With A Little Paranormal On The Side!

For any of you that are willing to brave the Jersey Shore during the Wintertime. Your in for a little treat. There is this great little store in Asbury Park, NJ called Paranormal Books & Curiosities. They also run a Paranormal Museum. The shop was featured on Destination Truth. They also run a Pub Crawl Tour. As well as workshops,  psychic readings and paranormal investigations.

But your wondering, where to stay? There is a great hotel that I know you would love. Not far, located north of Asbury Park. It's called the Bungalow Hotel in Long Branch, NJ. This was a hotel designed by Sixx Design. AKA as 9 by Design from the Bravo TV Show. Complete with restaurants and ocean views.

Monday, November 29, 2010

3D Paranormal. Is Anyone Ready For This?

Hi Guys, hope you all had a nice holiday! So, back to business!
During the holiday weekend I saw a Youtube of a new online TV show called Anomaly 3D TV. Personally I'm not a big fan of 3D (*cough* and that's a long time). Everything lately is 3D, I mean everything. As for the paranormal? Would it help us "see" an apparition better ? Or maybe it can't be caught at all in 3D?  Or is this just another gimmick?
What about the "equipment"? What changes has to be done. And how does that change paranormal investigations?
Get your 3D glasses ready:

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Packhorse Bridge Ghost, Caergwrle, UK

Do you think this is a full-bodied apparition? It's been written that this is one of the best one's out there.  But this can be done with photoshop.
Here's a loaded question I'm going to throw out to all you paranormal investigators. Why is it that an apparition can "change" from white to dark? Or, just white or dark?  Never really could understand that?  In my lifetime I mainly seen dark shadows to a clear "color" semi apparitions. But it still basically, dark.
This picture was taken by the Cheshire Paranormal Society. They believe it's the ghost of Squire Youge a person very known to the area a couple of hundred years ago.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

George Washington Hotel, PA. A New Reason For The "Do Not Disturb" Sign.

There was a fire in the Laundry Room at the George Washington Hotel recently. The Fire Dept. and the Police Chief J.R. Blyth was called in. The hotel was evacuated. During the was Room 405 that surprised them. The Police Chief stated "...this discovery was the most grisly murder scene he had seen during his 35 years..." during his interview with Pittsburgh WTAE. It was so bad that he had to call in for detectives to the crime scene.
It's seems they saw blood everywhere, a scalp, and worse.
It turned out that a movie was filmed there called "New Terminal Hotel"(straight to DVD). The owner decided to "keep it" in the same condition that it was in during the filming. The owner said the room stayed that way due to the fact that the hotel is known to be "haunted" (I personally never heard of it).  He calls it his "Scare Room" for his Scare Tours that take place at the hotel.
The bottom line: The Police Chief was not amused.

Monday, November 22, 2010

How To Make Your Own Ghost Box/Hack Box For Christmas!

Just read about a recent case of a paranormal group using a "Hack Box" (Frank's Ghost Box and other names that it's called). You seen this used in Ghost Adventures and Most Haunted. It's to help a spirit "speak" to you through "white noise" (Remember that movie?).
Due to the fact that the economy is tight. This is the easiest way to make your very own, Spirit Box! You can buy the components at Radio Shack or online.
Personally, I find this to be too much like Ham Radio, or a Baby Monitor.  It picks up everything!

Paranormal investigators believed they solved a 127 year old murder.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Yes, It's Been Confirmed: There Will Be A Paranormal Activity 3

Gee, I didn't even get to see the second one yet! It seems this is an actual franchise now.  It's slated to come on Oct. 21, 2011.
What's funny to me is...I didn't really care for the first one!  The main reason is. Once all the spoilers come out. It's no fun anymore. Which seems a little strange? It's like...I would hear about a new movie that would be coming out that I would like to see. And I get some "clues" to what I'm going to see. And it's still a surprises me! But with this movie. It seems to be totally ruined once you know what the storyline is. Never had an experience like that before.
Not in a rush to see this one either.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

GL News: The Housewives of Atlanta Will Be On Ghost Hunters Dec. 1st

I'm a fan (use to-not this coming season) of The Housewives of New York City. I do however watch some of the Atlanta Housewives shows. This one will take the cake. It will be a riot for sure. These women and the TAPS guys? It's a little like water and vinegar. This pass week Meatloaf join GH, again, at Sloss Furnace! And I don't think it's the last time either.
I'm trying to understand why all the "guests" to their show? And why these particular people? I think there are more interesting people, out there, to bring on the show. Don't you think?  Who's next?  It would be different if they bought in an actual fan in to join them.
Is this for ratings? Could be? But that would look a little like a "red flag" to me.
Or maybe their just plain bored! I could see that. Last night they really looked "real" tired during their investigating.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Do You Believe That Cemeteries Are Being Used For "Entertainment"?

I just saw the movie "It's Complicated!".  In the movie there is a part where this couple go yearly for their wedding anniversary to a graveyard (this is in LA).  To see an outdoor movie with folding chairs and all.. On top of graves no less! There are plenty of cemetery tours all over the country. If not, the world! But isn't this called the person's "final resting place"?
Here in the Philly area is there's a place called Laurel Hill Cemetery. There are all sorts of macabre tours and stuff going on in there. You want to have a party or a wedding, in a cemetery? Come on! Really! I love when there's a street festival in Philly. Their they are (the people from LHC) with brochures and other items on their table display. It seems so unreal to me. Remember the people who are buried there paid a pretty penny to have their eternal peace. It's just too creepy for me!

Outdoor Movies With The Dead

Laurel Hill Cemetery

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Is There Really A Need For More Exorcists?

I am Roman Catholic. This was a subject really never discussed till the book "The Exorcist" came out in the early '70s. It was really an "unknown" subject. I do know that the church believes all spiritual experiences such as "seeing" ghosts, hearing "strange" noises, being "touched" and so on as being "Demons". Period!  That's something that not many people know about. I know there are people out there doing exorcisms. I'm not an expert on this subject. It was always seen as the true and only way of doing this practice.  It has to be done by only a Catholic priest sent with the Vatican's approval. There are many steps first that has to be done before the actual exorcism can commence. Many secret meetings.
So why now does the Catholic Church want "more" priests involved in exorcism? Is it all the paranormal shows, paranormal groups visiting sites (doing too much provoking), all the claims of people seeing ghosts? Or is it because 2012 is just around the bend? (Or maybe they know something we don't?)
What gets me is that not many people are joining the church to become priests and nuns anymore! And maybe this is being done to make it more appealing to the young. Now that would be creepy!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Apple Computers, Did They Have A Pact With The Devil?

OK, sounds very dramatic, doesn't it? But I saw recently a very interesting little article. It really caught my attention.
So here it goes: Christies of London famous auction house is auctioning the first Apple Computer that were sold back in 1976. This is when they were just a fledgling company running from Steve Jobs parents house. Back then it was called Apple 1. The "computer" is being auctioned at $161,600. But here's the kicker!
Back in 1976 the "original" price as for the Apple 1 was, ready for this: Exactly $666.66. Unbelievable isn't it! So was this a future pact with devil? Some of you guys are probably wondering the same thing I thought. What an "odd" price? Did they really pick this price at random? Anyway a year later in 1977 they dropped the price to $475.00.
Let me know what you guys think?

Friday, November 12, 2010

Obscura, A Little Shop Of "Oddities" On The Discovery Channel

Being I was born and raised in NYC. To see a show like this is very refreshing! It shows totally the "other" side of NYC that I know and love. The strange and weird little tiny shops that dot the city. That people outside don't know about. The "one of a kind".  And it's a shame.(There's a shop near 59th Street that just sells "buttons". From real museum quality to the strange)
Now you may ask, "What does this have to do with the paranormal?". First of all, many of you know that there is a belief that a spirit may follow an "object". If this is true. Then this shop must be big-time haunted!  For example. In last night's show there was a woman that requested to purchase an antique morticians table. They went to her home to bring it over for her. Her house was filled with bizarre equipment and other items. Another thing I found funny, the owner himself doesn't like to go down to his own basement at the shop. I wonder why? *wink* At one point in the show. The owners of the shop were thinking of buying an antique coffin. Interesting isn't it.
For me I really enjoyed the show. It made me laugh and gave me back good memories. In a funny sort of way.
Check out the videos. See it for yourself:

Thursday, November 11, 2010

A Haunted Gift Shop! Again! Oh, My!

Now, now, I'm not being serious. This is just a little running joke among many fans of paranormal shows for many years now.
Last night on Ghost Hunters they were at Fort William Henry. They were doing the usual tour before investigating. I was just thinking to myself, "I hope they don't have a "haunted" gift shop!". And there it came! The tour guide said here's the gift shop! But to make me laugh even more was he said: But we call it a "Sutler Shop". I almost fell of my chair. Do they know this joke about the gift shops and the paranormal? Just kidding!
By the way. This gift shop was huge. The claims are that people can hear footsteps all over on top of the Gift Shop. Oh I mean Sutler Shop. If you notice, it's a drop ceiling which for me seems to be a problem to really to get an idea what the real source of the sound is.
I'm just going to throw this one out to you guys! Why is it that the gift shops "always" seem to be haunted?  What was the location originally before it was turned into one? Just wondering.
Oh? And a warning to all you paranormal investigators out there. When Jason and Grant were checking out the inside of the cannons to see if there are any critters housing in them. The found that each and every one had a bees nest in them. Just to give a head's up on that.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Cell Phones And The Paranormal!

Phil Hayes, investigator from Paranormal Research UK recently told The Sun Newpaper that a third of hauntings now are done through mobile phones.
A 43% increase of this phenomenon in the last four years. Usually a person will see on their ID caller "withheld number" or "0000000000" (Personally, I have seen this on my own phone. And it wasn't paranormal).
Statistics is showing that most hauntings are "sound". While only 20% is actual "sightings" and 15% is "smell".
Tesco Mobile UK did a study that showed a 70% upsurge of paranormal evidence using mobile phones. They recommended that you should put your phone on the highest quality resolution setting and use the recorder.
The only thing I'm wondering?  What's the best cell phone on the market to use for this purpose? I think some research has to been done in this area. 
There's some Youtube's out there showing EVP's that some people have been picking up with the cell phones
(Some are not the best quality. But you guys should check it out just the same).

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Comments From Members Of The Up And Coming A&E "Paranormal State: The New Class"

As I mentioned on a previous post the show will air on Nov. 21st at 8:30/9:30 CST. Here are a couple of comments that I would like to share:
"John said...
Hey Everyone, My name is John and I'm just stopping by because I saw the post and I thought I might be able to give you a little background info that you might not get from the newspaper interview. The group, as a paranormal team, were only around for a short time which, I believe, made the prospect for A&E exciting. A new team to watch as they grow and learn. Three of the team are family and all of them work in emergency medical services. I am involved in the show as their mentor and to add some experience to the team. They are a great bunch of kids,really kind and caring investigators with heavy doses of skepticism. I hope you watch on November 21st and enjoy what we are bringing to the community.
"alhillsblog said...
Hi Catnipthyme, I am Alton M. Hill, Sr., but better known as just Al Hill. I am an author, publisher, genealogist and historian from North Carolina, and also appear as an Historian in this new premier showing of Paranormal State: "The New Class", first episode airing on the A&E TV Network, Sunday, November 21, 2010. I certainly agree with John, with whom I appeared with in this showing, the young cast, from the Hoosier State Paranormal Group, are graduate students and some family connected who are eager to learn and experience all the things in life most never think about, let alone are able to do, in their lives, with many thanks to their mentor, John. And as paranormal investigators, they are very professional and inquisitive, but most of they are solidly good young men and women, who have dedicated their lives to helping others. This new pilot show was actually shot in North Carolina, not South Carolina, in Stokes County, North Carolina, near where I live. Like so many others I can hardly wait to see the final result of all out work. And, I also want to say just how proud I am of you for creating and featuring us on this GREAT web site! Al Hill
Again I wish you all Good Luck on your up coming premire!

REF: Post dated Nov. 3rd, Paranormal State Spin-Off On A&E, "Paranormal State:The New Class"

Friday, November 5, 2010

GL TV Review: Fact or Faked Paranormal Files "Symphonic Spirits"

This was a case about a viral Youtube that has been going around about the Valentown Museum "Ghost". The place was built in 1879. As far as anybody knows only one death had occurred there in what use to be a ball room. The usual jealous boyfriend that shot another man. But the people who run the place believe it's the antiques that are all over the museum that is the cause. Some from the Civil War. Very creepy looking place! A lot of paranormal investigators believe this place to be very haunted. That being said, the security camera picked up an image of a full-body apparition during a paranormal group's investigation. When looking at the footage, for me, it looks too digitized. To the point of ridiculous. It looks as if someone "smudged" the film tape with a pencil eraser. You know, there was someone "really" there at the time. Then later the image got played around with. As for the Fact or Fake crew.  I know they went the whole nine yards to come up with ideas to what it can be? Gee, they never said once, "I think this tape was tampered with!".  As for the music they heard? I can't say for sure what that was. I'll leave it at that.

It's Official: Johnny Depp Will Star In A Tim Burton's Film "Dark Shadows"

Wow! It's been way over a year ago that I wrote an article in Huliq about this. My poor article was taken down as well as others who wrote about this. And now it's 100% true. I feel vindicated.
Now that I got that off my chest. For those who don't know about Dark Shadows: It was a TV soap opera in the late '60s based on vampires, ghosts and witches. It ran a good course. A movie was made in the early '70s. But didn't do well at the box office. The character Barnabas Collins was popular as any rock star of the time. So I could understand why JD would love to play this role. Hope they don't make it into a musical.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Rodrigo Cortes To Film "Red Lights" With Robert DeNiro

Rodrigo Cortes the director of the recent film "Buried" will start filming "Red Lights". With both Robert DeNiro and Sigourney Weaver will star in this psychological thriller.
DeNiro will play a world renown psychic. And Weaver will plays the part of a paranormal researcher out to debunk him.
The focus of the film by the director is " the brain does not give a true picture of reality". Hmmm, very intriguing!
But by the way? What's with all these films about psychics lately? Just asking!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Paranormal State Spin-Off On A&E, "Paranormal State:The New Class"

A new pilot show is set to be shown on November 21st at 8:30/9:30 CST.  The cast members are from Hoosier State Paranormal. It was filmed with the cast members from Paranormal State in South Carolina.

What makes this story interesting is that they were contacted by email from A&E. And the group's website was only up for 3 months at the time? Gee, they were lucky!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Discussions On GH Live Halloween And Other Paranormal Shows From This Past Week

It's been a weird past week. So let's start first with GH Live Halloween: Let's say it was very low key and that's fine. But the commercials and the guests, just too many.  It was plain annoying. I personally like that they got rid of the background music. It seems a lot of people were disappointed that they didn't find anything. I rather have that then having something "fake" added on for good measure. Maybe they should have had a live audience there. They can come back from time to time from investigating to take real-time questions from them. It would have made it more interesting.

Paranormal State: Well they went where now one tread before. Katrina was on a bed with her "black lace bra" on. For all the world to see.  This was too lure a spirit to join her. I thought that was a bit much. What's next? *shutter*

GA: Love them. But something this pass Friday made me start to think? When Aaron heard the piano tinkle. And they showed us that the piano doesn't work at all. I paused for a moment...what if they have discussions how they would "talk" or "act" on camera ahead of time. Then later edited in the missing "sound" or "object" in? Hate to think this way. But we do live in the time of photoshop and other editing gadgets.

Ghost Lab: This theory that I have with GA holds for them too. For instance, there was a hallway that they were looking down for a little girl. As they pan the camera we see a lot of objects down that end...and then we see a flash of a little girl. It didn't look right to me. And is it me that they always finding things? All the time? I don't think their equipment is any different then what's out there already. They all buy it from the same vendors.

Remember, this is all my own opinion.  Just wonder if there are others out there that thinking the same thing?

Monday, November 1, 2010

Belated Halloween Gift: Michael Jackson's Full "Ghosts" Music Video

My computer now is up an running again *cross fingers*.  I wanted to put these up for Halloween. Better late then never.
For all you Stephen King fans. This story was co-written by him and Jackson.

Tomorrow: My thoughts of GH Live Halloween Special and extras.