Thursday, October 18, 2007

Things that go bump on TV


I've been on a blogging sabbatical of late, but I had to drop in to talk about this week's topic, Things That Go Bump in the Night.


I'm not one of those people that usually likes to be scared. I turn lights on wherever I go and I've been known to dive under the covers if I hear a strange noise in the middle of the night.

Unfortunately, while I have a liberal dose of chicken in my DNA, I also have some cat, which leads me to be eternally curious. Not a good combination.

Recently I've been watching Ghost Hunters every Wednesday night on the Sci-Fi Channel. My son loves the show, but it spooks him a bit. I have to admit, it spooks me a little too.

Now, I'll be the first to admit, the show does a lot of teasing. Special effects in the sound track played just as the investigators hear a strange noise or utter the whispered, "What the heck was that?" and clever cutting of the takes can make one of the TAPS investigations seem a lot scarier than it is. Nine times out of ten, the Ghost Hunters don't find anything unexplainable, even after spending the entire night in pitch blackness in a haunted location.

Nevertheless, by 10:00 pm on Wednesday nights, I'm turning on lights and checking out shadows as I make my way to bed. I think for Christimas I'm going to ask Santa for my very own thermal imaging camera just so I can check out hot spots and I may start leaving a digital recorder running in dark, empty rooms just to see if any passing spirit has anything to say.

Do you like to be spooked? Or like me, are you mostly mostly chicken?

5 comments:

Jennifer Elbaum said...

Bawk! Bawk! Bawk!

Bernadette Gardner and Jennifer Colgan said...

LOL! Right there with ya!

Skylar Masey said...

The 2 times I've stumbled upon this show the guys have said that the noises weren't ghosts. Which made me go aw!! I wanted to see what you'd do with a ghost!

A thermal imaging camera isn't such a bad idea. :0)

One of my friends on Myspace is a ghost hunter and he and his club sometimes do live feeds.

Jennifer McKenzie said...

*raises hand* TOTAL chicken.
I won't watch horror movies or read Stephen King. But I'll sit and watch "Haunted" on The Discovery Channel. *rolls eyes*.

Lynda K. Scott said...

Me, I love to be scared but it takes a mighty good film or book to do it. Ghost Hunters hasn't done it for me, though it has inspired some story ideas. Quite a few as a matter of fact :D