Ghost Adventures is supposedly a documentary that is very much in the same vein as the SciFi program Ghost Hunters. It's fair, I think, to call it a cheap rip-off. It's done by a couple dudes who took their camcorders and infrared cameras out to some "haunted" spots in the Nevada desert. There they "capture" proof of ghosts including an "apparition" that walks in front of their camera, a shadowy figure that peeks it's head around a corner, voices and flying objects. They also interview a lot of creepy desert people.
The success of this film (term used lightly) depends almost entirely on the audience's existing belief in the supernatural and ghosts. But it also relies heavily on the assumption that people who do believe in the supernatural are completely devoid of any reason or logical thinking. They bring their footage to a couple people whom we are led to believe are experts in their fields and who cannot disprove that the images captured are NOT of ghosts. This includes a film editing expert named Slim Ritchie and some physics professor at UNLV with an amazing bowl haircut.
Here's a bit of how the "confirmation" goes: Slim Ritchie reviews the footage of a walking apparition, runs some software that no one in the audience knows anything about and claims that the footage was not altered and that no special effects were used. This is a bit like taking a glass of cloudy mystery liquid, holding it against a shiny silver box and claiming that your "poison detector" says it's safe to drink. Very few of us regular people know what your software is Mr. Ritchie so I can't buy your claim. You might as well perform some magic tricks for me while your at it because I'm going to be just as convinced.
This is the problem with "ghost hunting" in general. For example...If you watch Ghost Hunters regularly (like I do), you know that EMF Detectors are used regularly to find where ghost activity may be. The thought is that higher EMFs are a strong indicator of the presence of a ghost. This is the thought because we are TOLD it is the thought. Had you not been told this and Jason Hawes said "Hey I'm getting a high EMF here" the audience would think "hmmm, must be near something that is producing a high EMF". In order for the trick to work, you are expected to be blinded and dazzled by the words "Electro-Magnetic Field Detector" and forget that ALL IT DOES is detect high and low EMFs. That's it. A high EMF in a particular area could be for a LOT of reasons (and giving credit where credit is due, the bro-skis on Ghost Hunters often make note of that). For example, a high EMF could be due to a light switch around the corner.
People who truly want to believe in ghosts also tend to subscribe to the following pattern of thinking: Something happens that I did not expect or that is outside of what I normally experience as real. Instead of finding repeatable ways to explain what happened using tools that are designed for that purpose, I will instead take pieces of electronics and use them in ways that they are not intended to be used and further confuse myself. Then, having come to no further conclusion, I will decide that since I cannot explain it, it must be a ghost.
THAT is the main difference between someone who is really interested in UNDERSTANDING the "supernatural" and someone who believes that the unexplained are the spirits of dead people. I fall very much in the former category which is why I found Ghost Adventures to be so insulting (as well as tremendously boring).
And frankly, I don't believe that the evidence they "captured" is real. Not for one second. I think they faked it all. Look at it like this - what if YOU captured this stuff on camera and really thought you had some great evidence of the supernatural.? Would you start working with scientists and other smart people to try and figure out what was happening? Or would you wrap your footage up in some nifty packaging, sell it as a DVD, manufacture other merchandise to go with it (T-shirts, hats, etc.) and get people like Robin Leech and Maury Povich to pitch it (go to Ghost Adventures MySpace page to see more of this)?
Bottom line: this is either a totally fake mockumetary (in which case my opinion is totally different) or it's just the same old bullshit charlatans, fakes, psychics, mediums and other con-artists have been pushing for hundreds of years. Either way, I want that hour and a half of my life back.
- Complaint Department