Wednesday, June 22, 2005
Having spent another 3 evenings half watching Most Haunted Live i have yet again been left with the feeling that it is all a bit of a con. For those who are not aware of this program i shall give a brief synopsis. Psychic medium Derek Acorah accompanies presenter Evette Fielding and paranormal investigators to a number of locations in search of ghosts. The program is usually pre-recorded but they also do a "live" version usually over 2/3 nights on times like Halloween or the Summer Solstice. We started watching this a while ago now and found it quite interesting seeing the various phenomona occuring - knockings, noises, seances, ouiija boards, light annomalies (orbs) and possessions too! It is all wearing a little thin now. We like listening to the history of the places the investigate and some of the things they have seen could not be easily explained - but 99% of them can. The best show was the Live Halloween special last year at Pendle Hill when they were persued from location to location by a collection of witches who were appearing to wreak havoc with the members of the film crew and presenters. Last night they were investigating an old disued mine at Wakefield and whilst in one of the mine shafts heard a few ghostly snorts and had a few stones thrown at them supposedly by the ghosts of 8 children who had died there in an accident. I suppose what you forget as a viewer is that you might be watching the presenters, the psychic medium and the paranormal scientist sceptic walking round but there are also other 3 members of the film crew, sound department, a burly security man, cable guys and even the make up lady, "Cath" - who always seems to get her hair touched by ghosts, gets to go too! Surely with all those people there in an old mine shaft that has not been entered for 40 years or so - something would get disturbed and that could be seen as paranormal. Some of the show is done by people alone with night vision cameras who are brave enough to venture off into pitch black rooms, cellars and attics. Those are the better bits i think as the reactions and emotions are more real and less prone to group hysteria or suggestion - or are they just good actors? If you look at the show objectively then you could argue that if it was all "made up" then something amazing would happen each time they went to a location. But it does not. They sometimes get nothing at all - even on the pre-recorded shows. The fact that they show this fact does give them some credibility - or is that what they are thinking too? As for me? I am sceptical but remain open minded. Until they see something totally unusual and the scientist boffins on the show cannot explain it and I cannot explain it either, then i might start to believe. Most Haunted people...if you are reading this... i'll come on the show - prove me wrong!