Ghost Adventures

Ghost Adventures is an American television series about the paranormal that premiered on October 17, 2008, on the Travel Channel. Produced by MY-Tupelo Entertainment (a merger of MY Entertainment and Tupelo-Honey Productions),[1] the program follows ghost hunters Zak Bagans, Nick Groff (until season 10), and Aaron Goodwin as they investigate locations that are reported to be haunted. The show is introduced and narrated by Zak Bagans.

Ghost Adventures
Ghost adventures
GenreParanormal
Drama
Suspense
Created byZak Bagans
Written byZak Bagans
Devin Lawrence
Jeff Belanger
StarringZak Bagans
Aaron Goodwin
Billy Tolley
Jay Wasley
Nick Groff
No. of seasons18
No. of episodes202 (plus the 43 specials not included in list) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Daniel A. Schwartz
Joe Townley
Michael Yudin
Nick Groff
Zak Bagans
Producer(s)Zak Bagans
Nick Groff
Zak Bagans & Amber Delly
Production location(s)United States
United Kingdom
Italy
Mexico
Ireland
Canada
Jamaica
Romania
France
CinematographyZak Bagans
Aaron Goodwin
Billy Tolley
Jay Wasley
Editor(s)Zak Bagans
Devin Lawrence
Camera setupMultiple
Running time42 minutes
Production company(s)MY Tupelo Entertainment
Release
Original networkTravel Channel (USA)
Really (UK)
Picture format480i
HDTV 720p, 1080i
Original releaseOctober 17, 2008 –
present
Chronology
Related showsParanormal Challenge (2011)
Ghost Adventures: Aftershocks (2014)
Deadly Possessions (2016)
External links
Website

Origins

Ghost Adventures began as an independent film, produced in a documentary style. It was filmed in 2004 and produced by 4Reel Productions in 2006. The Syfy Channel premiered 4Reel's Ghost Adventures on July 25, 2007. The documentary centered on the trio's investigation of alleged paranormal activity in and around Virginia City, Nevada. The crew returned there during the series' fifth season.[2] The film also featured the Goldfield Hotel in Goldfield, Nevada, to which the crew later returned during the series' fourth and seventh seasons and caught more substantial evidence. The documentary was released on DVD by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment on October 5, 2010.[3]

Summary

Zak Bagans, Nick Groff (seasons 1–10), Aaron Goodwin, Billy Tolley, and Jay Wasley investigate reportedly haunted locations, hoping to collect visual or auditory evidence of paranormal activity. Each episode begins with the crew touring the investigation site with its owners or caretakers. These introductions typically include Bagans's voice-overs of the site's history as well as interviews with people who claim to have witnessed paranormal phenomena there. On the basis of these interviews, the crew place X's with black or gray tape at the sites of some serious alleged paranormal activity. They later return to these spots in order to set up static night-vision cameras to try and film it happening.

After completing the walk-through they discuss their strategy, then are locked in the location overnight, which they believe will prevent "audio contamination" and extraneous shadows. They use a variety of equipment, including digital thermometers, electromagnetic field (EMF) meters, handheld digital video cameras, audio recorders, the Ovilus device, point of view cameras, and infrared night-vision cameras in an effort to capture evidence of ghosts. The members sometimes place objects and shout verbal taunts they believe ghosts might move or respond to.

At the end of the episode they analyze their audio, photographs, and video footage, often with the assistance of alleged paranormal experts, and present anything they feel is "unexplained phenomena" to the audience.

During the series the crew claims to have captured and experienced various Fortean phenomena, which they say include simultaneous equipment malfunctions such as battery drain, voltage spikes, fluctuations in electromagnetic fields, sudden changes in temperature (such as cold spots), unexplained noises, electronic voice phenomena (EVP), and apparitions.

The crew also claim to have recorded spirit possessions on video. Bagans believes that he was possessed at the Preston School of Industry and at Poveglia Island in Italy. Groff claims that he was overtaken by a "dark energy" at the Moon River Brewing Company. Goodwin claims he was "under the influence of a dark spirit" at Bobby Mackey's Music World and Winchester Mystery House.[4] Goodwin later states in his blog that he determined that the spirit from Bobby Mackey's was actually more of a spirit guide than a dark spirit who guides him in his life.[5]

Cast and crew

The permanent members of the cast and crew are Zak Bagans and Aaron Goodwin.[6]

Cast members

Aaron Goodwin

Aaron Goodwin (born April 1, 1976) is an equipment technician, camera operator, co-investigator of Ghost Adventures and is originally from Portland, Oregon.

Before joining Bagans and Groff, Goodwin had worked as a camera operator for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and several behind-the-scenes film premieres in Las Vegas.[7] Goodwin says that prior to his experiences in Virginia City, Nevada,[8] he "never really thought twice about ghosts." Goodwin is often left alone in the alleged "hotspots" during lockdowns to see how the spirits will react to Goodwin being alone.[9][10]

Goodwin sells a line of clothing bearing the label "Big Steppin".[11]

Billy Tolley

Having a solid background in audio editing and production software, Tolley was first intrigued by the paranormal after learning about electronic voice phenomena (EVP). With several years of experience in music and audio production, his curiosity led him to investigate and capture EVPs for himself.

Tolley's fascination with the paranormal field grew stronger, and in 2006, he founded a paranormal group with some friends – the Las Vegas Paranormal Investigations of Mysterious Phenomena Squad (LV PIMPS). He started sharing details of his audio captures with Zak Bagans and joined the Ghost Adventures series as one of the paranormal investigation team's audio/visual technicians and EVP analysts.[12]

Jay Wasley

Wasley started his film-making career in Philadelphia, PA. as a director of photography and audio engineer. Since 2002, he has worked on dozens of feature films, documentaries, television shows, national commercials and music videos.

Wasley joined Ghost Adventures in season 4 as the paranormal investigation team's sound mixer, and has since evolved into one of the show's audio/visual technicians and cinematographers. Throughout the series, Wasley travels with the team to domestic and international locations rumored to be haunted in search of evidence proving the existence of the supernatural.[12]

Nick Groff

Nicholas Groff (born April 19, 1980) was a co-investigator and executive producer of Ghost Adventures, as well as an editor and cameraman for the show from seasons 1-10. Groff was an executive producer for a show on the Travel Channel called Vegas Stripped, a behind-the-scenes look at the operations of the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa in Las Vegas, Nevada. Born in San Jose, California, Groff grew up in New England. He graduated from Pelham High School in New Hampshire and later studied film at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he met Aaron Goodwin. At the age of eight he fell out of a tree in the yard of his family's home in Salem, New Hampshire, which Groff described as "a near-death experience".

Two years later, while at home alone, Groff saw what he claims to have been a ghostly black figure. In a 2012 interview, Groff questioned, "Was it my imagination? Or was it something from my accident that made me more open to that world?"[13]

Groff befriended Bagans during his wedding in Las Vegas.[8][14] Groff claims he was possessed by an entity at the Moon River Brewing Company in Savannah, Georgia and says it was one of his "most life-changing experiences".[15] According to Groff, an encounter with a female spirit at the Linda Vista Community Hospital in East Los Angeles, California gave him insights into life after death. Groff was allegedly possessed in Natchez, Mississippi during the investigation of King's Tavern.

On November 24, 2014, Groff announced that he would not be returning to Ghost Adventures for the upcoming season. Groff has since produced his own series titled Ghost Stalkers, and is currently starring in another show of his Paranormal Lockdown, where he is the lead investigator.[16] Groff released an album titled The Other Side. The lyrics recall Groff's spiritual journey.[17] He also has a clothing line named "Phantom Collection".[18] Groff and his wife Veronique reside in Massachusetts with their two daughters.[17]

Guests and experts

Recurring

The following people have regularly appeared in the show as part of the GAC:

  • Bill Chappell – Engineer, Inventor, Owner of Digital Dowsing: recurring
  • Mark and Debby Constantino – former Electronic voice phenomenon [EVP] experts and analysts. They were killed in a murder-suicide domestic violence incident in Reno, Nevada.[19] Debby’s voice was captured on an EVP during the final investigation of the Old Washoe Club in Virginia City, Nevada.

Notable guests

Ghost Adventures has involved celebrities who have participated in the investigations or appeared in the episodes as eyewitnesses:

Series overview

Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
Specials43October 17, 2008N/A
18October 17, 2008December 5, 2008
28June 5, 2009July 24, 2009
310November 6, 2009January 8, 2010
427September 17, 2010June 10, 2011
510September 23, 2011December 16, 2011
67March 9, 2012April 27, 2012
718September 14, 2012April 19, 2013
811August 16, 2013November 15, 2013
913February 15, 2014July 12, 2014
1011October 4, 2014March 7, 2015
1111August 22, 2015November 7, 2015
1213January 30, 2016August 6, 2016
1313September 24, 2016January 14, 2017
1411March 25, 2017July 15, 2017
1511September 23, 2017January 13, 2018
169March 24, 2018July 14, 2018
176November 3, 2018December 8, 2018
18TBAFebruary 23, 2019TBA

Reception

The 2004 documentary film Ghost Adventures received several awards, including the 2006 Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival (NYIIFVF).[20] Seasons 1 and 2 were released on DVD on August 18, 2009.

Occasionally conducting public investigations with fans and paranormal enthusiasts, the trio has appeared on Maury, Fox 19 News, NBC's Today, and TV Guide Network's Hollywood 411.[21]

In 2009, the series won three International Paranormal Acknowledgement (IPA) Awards.[22]

In 2010, the program won two Spooktalkular Parawards.[23]

Controversies

In the Halloween special titled Ghost Adventures Live, which was broadcast from the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum on October 30, 2009, controversy arose when Robert Bess, inventor of the Parabot Containment Chamber (said to attract and empower spirits using energy, giving them form), claims to have had an EMF meter knocked violently out of his hands. However, upon investigation of the video, it was found that he had actually thrown it.[24] In the November 6, 2009 follow-up Ghost Adventures Live: Post Mortem, hosts Bagans and Groff reviewed the video and concluded that they couldn't claim any paranormal explanation for the incident.[24]

Spin-off series

Ghost Adventures: Aftershocks is a series that premiered on Saturday April 26, 2014, on the Travel Channel.[25] There were 13 episodes announced for the first season and second season.[26]

Deadly Possessions is a series that premiered on Saturday, April 2, 2016, on the Travel Channel.[27] The series follows Zak Bagans, host of "Ghost Adventures," who is fulfilling a lifelong dream of opening a museum in downtown Las Vegas, full of the haunted and cursed objects he has been collecting through the years. Each episode of "Deadly Possessions" features 3 haunted/iconic items and their owners. The first episode focuses on The Dybbuk Box, dubbed as the most haunted object in the world, a crafted item by a holocaust survivor. Its original owner Kevin Mannis is seemingly possessed whilst locked in a room with the item that supposedly killed his mother. Then, Zak investigates Robert The Doll, which is said to be the world's most haunted doll. Bagans interviews a woman whose life has been destroyed after failing to ask Robert's permission for a photograph. The second episode features The Conjure Chest and The St Valentine's Day Massacre Wall.

Broadcast

Ghost Adventures is currently on air at the following countries and channels:

See also

Footnotes

  1. ^ Weisman, Jon (March 24, 2010). "MY-Tupelo scores orders". Variety. Penske Media Corporation.
  2. ^ "Old Washoe Club & Chollar Mine". Ghost Adventures. Season 3. Episode 6https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2C5trAYXiJM |transcripturl= missing title (help). December 4, 2009. Travel Channel.
  3. ^ "Ghost Adventures: The Original Documentary". Retrieved October 23, 2014.
  4. ^ Eric Olsen (2011-10-03). "Stalking Spirits with Ghost Adventures' Aaron Goodwin". The Morton Report.
  5. ^ "Blog - Aaron Goodwin Collections".
  6. ^ White, Bryan (June 13, 2008). "Interview with Ghost Adventures' Zak Bagans!". Cinema Suicide Entertainment.
  7. ^ Olsen, Eric (January 8, 2010). "Interview with Ghost Adventures' Zak Bagans". Blogcritics Video. Eric Olsen. Retrieved 9 February 2010.
  8. ^ a b Lawrence, Christopher (October 10, 2010). "Life on the Couch: Paranormal encounters spook 'Ghost Adventures' trio". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Stephens Media.
  9. ^ Moye, David (July 26, 2010). "Haunted Hotel Spooks 'Ghost Adventures' Stars". AOL News. AOL. Archived from the original on September 2, 2018.
  10. ^ Harris, Franklin (January 28, 2010). "Be a paranormal investigator". TimesDaily and the Decatur Daily. Alabama: Tennessee Valley Printing Co. Retrieved 16 February 2010.
  11. ^ "Big Steppin". Retrieved 25 October 2014.
  12. ^ a b Travel Channel. "Meet the Ghost Adventures Crew". Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  13. ^ Copley, Rich (September 27, 2012). "Scarefest 2012: 'Ghost Adventures' host fell into his career". Lexington Herald-Leader. The McClatchy Company.
  14. ^ Meighan, Patrick (October 17, 2010). "Former Nashuan has successful TV series hunting ghosts". Nashua Telegraph. Nashua, New Hampshire: Telegraph Publishing Company. Retrieved 17 October 2010.
  15. ^ "Ghostly encounters from Moon River". Travel Channel. Retrieved 2010-05-01.
  16. ^ "Nick Groff tells 'Ghost Adventures' fans he is leaving the show". December 1, 2014. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
  17. ^ a b BG (2012). "Nick Groff". Bryan's World – My Life and the GAC. Bryan's World – My Life and the GAC. Archived from the original on 16 March 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2012.
  18. ^ phantomcollectionclothing.com
  19. ^ "Ghost-hunting couple and housemate were all shot in the head: Police". 2015-09-26.
  20. ^ "Los Angeles 2006 Awards: Grand Jury Prize". New York International Independent Film and Video Festival. September 2006.
  21. ^ "Ghost Adventures Crew: GAC in the Media". Ghost Adventures Crew. Archived from the original on January 3, 2010.
  22. ^ "Winners for the IPAA Awards 2009". International Paranormal Acknowledgment Awards 2009. December 28, 2009.
  23. ^ "Parawards". Spooktalkular. March 5, 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-10-19.
  24. ^ a b WarriorLeonardo (6 November 2009). "Ghost Adventures- Cowboy Bob debunked". YouTube. Retrieved 7 June 2012.
  25. ^ "Ghost Adventures Aftershocks Home Page". Archived from the original on 2014-05-23. Retrieved 25 October 2014.
  26. ^ "Zak Bagans' New Book I Am Haunted Scaring Up Your Shelf Soon!". Retrieved 25 October 2014.
  27. ^ "Zak Bagans' 'Deadly Possessions'". Travel Channel. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  28. ^ With Foxtel having their own online catchup service called Foxtel GO

References

External links

Bobby Mackey

Robert Randall "Bobby" Mackey (born March 25, 1948) is a traditional country music singer whose career has spanned 40 years. His musical style can be described by his loyalty to Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Buck Owens, Conway Twitty and Johnny Paycheck, and is the foundation for his musical success.

Mackey opened Bobby Mackey's Music World in September 1978 in Wilder, KY along the Licking River, next to the same railroad track that he worked in his youth. The nightclub's slogan "Come for the ghosts, stay for the music" became a popular quote as the club's popularity began to rise. Bobby Mackey's has been featured on network television shows such as Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures, Most Terrifying Places in America, My Ghost Story, and A Haunting. USA Today quotes Zak Bagans of Ghost Adventures as saying Bobby Mackey's is "one of the 10 most haunted places in America."

Christine Dolce

Christine Dolce (August 31, 1981 – February 6, 2017), also known as "ForBiddeN", was a cosmetologist and MySpace Internet celebrity in the mid-2000s.

Proclaimed “The Queen of MySpace” by Vanity Fair and The Tyra Banks Show, Dolce created her profile shortly after its inception. With over a million “friends”, Dolce was one of its popular members.In addition to her MySpace profile, Dolce also branched out, including her website and fashion brand.Dolce shot a celebrity pictorial for Playboy and appeared in the October 2006 issue. She also appeared in the video game, Def Jam: Icon.

Dolce participated in Axe Deodorant's "Gamekillers" MySpace campaign and appeared on the cover of gothic rock band The 69 Eyes' album Angels.

She was named the Naughtiest "Cybervixen" on the Spike TV Guys' Choice Awards on June 13, 2007.She also posed for one of PeTA's anti-fur ads.She dated Ghost Adventures host Zak Bagans.Dolce died on February 6, 2017 from liver failure. She had been hospitalized since December and had struggled with alcohol-related issues.

Deadly Possessions

Deadly Possessions is an American television series about the paranormal that premiered on April 2, 2016, on the Travel Channel. Produced by MY Entertainment (formerly MY Tupelo Entertainment), the series features paranormal investigator Zak Bagans of Ghost Adventures as he gathers artifacts for his new museum in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show reveals the dark history of the item's, as well as associated paranormal claims. Some of the items acquired include Bela Lugosi’s mirror, the Dybbuk box, Peggy the Doll, and Dr. Kevorkian’s “Death Van”.

Dean Haglund

Dean Haglund (born July 29, 1965) is a Canadian actor, known for the role of Richard "Ringo" Langly, one of The Lone Gunmen on The X-Files. Haglund is also a stand-up comedian, specializing in improvisational comedy (formerly with Vancouver TheatreSports League). In addition to The X-Files, he played the voice of Sid in Tom Sawyer, Haglund also portrayed Langly in the spin-off The Lone Gunmen, which aired thirteen episodes in 2001. He is the inventor of the Chill Pak, a commercial external cooling product for laptop computers.

Eureka, Utah

Eureka is a city in Juab County, Utah, United States. It is part of the Provo–Orem metropolitan area. The population was 669 at the 2010 census, down from 766 at the 2000 census.

The city was named from the Greek word eureka, meaning "I have found it!" The city and its history was explored on the show Ghost Adventures in 2018.

Ghost hunting

Ghost hunting is the process of investigating locations that are reported to be haunted by ghosts. Typically, a ghost-hunting team will attempt to collect evidence supporting the existence of paranormal activity. Ghost hunters use a variety of electronic devices, including EMF meters, digital thermometers, both handheld and static digital video cameras, including thermographic and night vision cameras, as well as digital audio recorders. Other more traditional techniques are also used, such as conducting interviews and researching the history of allegedly haunted sites. Ghost hunters may also refer to themselves as "paranormal investigators."Ghost hunting has been heavily criticized for its dismissal of the scientific method. No scientific study has ever been able to confirm the existence of ghosts. The practice is considered a pseudoscience by the vast majority of educators, academics, science writers, and skeptics. Science historian Brian Regal described ghost hunting as "an unorganized exercise in futility".

Handycam

Handycam is a Sony brand used to market its camcorder range. It was launched in 1985 as the name of the first Video8 camcorder, replacing Sony's previous line of Betamax-based models, and the name was intended to emphasize the "handy" palm size nature of the camera, made possible by the new miniaturized tape format. This was in marked contrast to the larger, shoulder mounted cameras available before the creation of Video8, and competing smaller formats such as VHS-C.

Sony has continued to produce Handycams in a variety of guises ever since, developing the Video8 format to produce Hi8 (equivalent to S-VHS quality) and later Digital8, using the same basic format to record digital video. The Handycam label continues to be applied as recording formats evolve.

Select flagship Sony HandyCam models feature infrared night-vision, dubbed NightShot which utilizes an infrared light-emitting diode and an infrared filter that is mechanically attached, and detached to the sensor in order to enable the camcorder to record video footage in complete darkness (0 lux). The NightShot feature is popular among a multitude of paranormal investigators, namely, Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures.

Jeff Belanger

Jeff Belanger (born August 8, 1974) is an American author, public speaker and paranormal investigator. He has served as the host of New England Legends and has appeared on Ghost Adventures. Paranormal researcher Ben Radford has called Belanger a "ghost storyteller" not a "ghost investigator".

Leap Castle

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List of Ghost Adventures episodes

Ghost Adventures is an American television series about the paranormal created by Zak Bagans and Nick Groff, airing on the Travel Channel. The series follows ghost hunters Zak Bagans, Nick Groff (seasons 1–10), and Aaron Goodwin as they investigate locations that are reported to be haunted. The show is introduced and narrated by Bagans. As of March 23, 2019, 202 episodes of Ghost Adventures have aired, including 43 specials.

List of Paranormal Challenge episodes

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Murderabilia

Murderabilia, also known as murderbilia, is a term identifying collectibles related to murders and murderers or other violent crimes. The term was coined by Andy Kahan, director of the Houston Police Department's Crime Victims Office.

Nick Groff

Nicholas Groff (born April 19, 1980) is an American paranormal investigator, musician, and television personality. Groff was the lead investigator for the television series Paranormal Lockdown and the Ghosts of Shepherdstown. He was a co-investigator and executive producer of Ghost Adventures, as well as an editor and cameraman for the show from seasons 1–10.

Groff was an executive producer for a show on the Travel Channel called Vegas Stripped, a behind-the-scenes look at the operations of the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Paranormal Challenge

Paranormal Challenge is an American competitive paranormal reality television series that premiered on June 17, 2011, on the Travel Channel. A spinoff of Ghost Adventures, the series was created and is hosted by lead investigator Zak Bagans, who challenges ghost hunters from around the United States to go head-to-head in a weekly competition to gather paranormal evidence by spending a night in reportedly haunted locations in the United States. The first season of the show ended on September 16, 2011. Lead judge David Schrader announced on Darkness Radio that the show would not be renewed for a second season.

Paranormal Lockdown

Paranormal Lockdown was a paranormal reality television series. It was executively produced by Nick Groff of Ghost Adventures fame. The series followed Groff and fellow paranormal researcher Katrina Weidman (formerly of Paranormal State) as they confine themselves for 72 straight hours in what they claim to be some of the most haunted locations.

The first season aired on Destination America from March 4, 2016 to April 8, 2016. The second season aired from December 16, 2016 to March 3, 2017 on TLC. On November 20, 2018, it was announced that season three would premiere on December 4, 2018 returning to Destination America. On February 14, 2019, Groff announced via a video Instagram post that Paranormal Lockdown would not be returning.

Spectrophilia

Spectrophilia is sexual attraction to ghosts or sexual arousal from images in mirrors, as well as the alleged phenomenon of sexual encounters between ghosts and humans.

Titanic Museum (Branson, Missouri)

The Titanic Museum Attraction is a museum located in Branson, Missouri on 76 Country Boulevard. It is one of two Titanic-themed museums owned by John Joslyn (who headed a 1987 expedition to Titanic's final resting place); the other is located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The museum holds 400 pre-discovery artifacts in 20 galleries.Guests step through the artificial iceberg into the museum, and receive a passenger boarding ticket, featuring the name of an actual Titanic passenger and the class on which the passenger traveled. During the tour, guests learn the individual stories of several passengers. At the end of the tour, guests are told whether their ticket holder survived.

Like the museum of Pigeon Forge, the museum's main exterior visual feature is the partial mockup of the original ocean liner. The construction consists of the front half of the ship, including its first two funnels.

In a 2017 episode of the Travel Channel series, Ghost Adventures, Zak Bagans and the crew investigated the museum due to claimed paranormal activities that was apparently traced to actual relics from the shipwreck.

Zak Bagans

Zachary Alexander Bagans (born April 5, 1977) is an American paranormal investigator, actor, television personality, and author. He is the principal host of the Travel Channel series, Ghost Adventures.

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