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So I just finished watching a show called "A Haunting" on the Discovery Channel. This family sees some signs of haunting, so the husband calls his friend, who does paranormal research on the side. (This was the first of two; I've seen the other one before.) There's a malevolent male spirit named Edward; when he takes photos of places where he hears things, there are infant faces in the walls, and he leaves his pregnant wife in the damn house. For good measure, he brings her and the baby back after the birth, then go digging around trying to find the body of one of the girls Edward killed when he was alive. After Edward manages to nearly bean the newborn, he does finally agree to move out of the haunted house, leaving me with a couple of very strong questions:

Was his testosterone so overpowering his common sense that he thought he could take on a ghost with no background in the paranormal?

As the situation got worse, why didn't he get the pregnant lady and the kid out of there and call in someone -- a catholic priest, a Voudoun Priest or Priestess, a witch with the ability to contact the frightened female spirits, a witch with the ability to chase the bastard right off this plane, rather than putzing around with his amateur parapsychologist and the amateur clairvoyant while leaving his family in harm's way the whole time?

I wouldn't want to take on an entity like that one. But I know who I'd want to back up. Shouldn't be hard to find a metaphysical store in New England and get a reference. Heck, I taught good Hispanic Catholics to make a circle on the phone at 5 am to protect someone who was cursed. I don't know if it worked or not, and I didn't know where to find the people I know about now, but for crying out loud!

"Hey, this is really cool information. I'll just leave my pregnant wife and young stepdaughter in mortal danger while I play Dick Tracy."

Pfeh.

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(Anonymous)
Feb. 19th, 2006 03:13 pm (UTC)
Haunting --- I watched some of that last night --- Edward
Yeah, I thought he was pretty casual about his pregnant wife's situation, too.

Didn't he and some friends nearly uncover a grave, and then postpone only to discover a work crew was repairing the hole in the home's floor? And lost their opportunity?

I was drop dead tired last night, and may be mixing stories from Haunting..

I agree with you, regarding the dipstick husband versus Edward.
teal_cuttlefish
Feb. 19th, 2006 05:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Haunting --- I watched some of that last night --- Edward
Yep, that's the same story. Granted, it's a Discovery Channel story: Bringing you bad science 24 hours a day, but I was aggravated.
gypsylady
Feb. 20th, 2006 01:01 am (UTC)
That one's a repeat. I remember thinking the same thing you're thinking.

For a real hoot and a half, if you get the Travel Channel, check out "Most Haunted" or whatever that Brit show is called. The psychic is so full of himself I want to reach through the set and bitch slap him! For a more realistic look at ghost hunting, Sci Fi's "Ghost Hunters" is awesome.

Discovery should stick to "Mythbusters" and true crime stories. Whenever they branch out they get weird.
teal_cuttlefish
Feb. 20th, 2006 09:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've seen that show. I like that their "sensitive" doesn't seem able to hear a elephant wander through the set, and their "skeptic" always looks scared to death. Talk about rotten casting.
lillysraven
Feb. 20th, 2006 03:15 pm (UTC)
I think the problem is that there are so many of these types of shows that people watch them with all of their fancy editing and whatnot and assume they can deal with these things on their own. I get really upset at these shows because the way they are filmed and edited exploits the dead.
teal_cuttlefish
Feb. 20th, 2006 09:51 pm (UTC)
Yeah, and gee, even though the guy was an incompetent, testosterone-impaired asshole, "nobody got hurt!" so it was OK.

I pointed this post to the person I said I'd call, because I generally prefer to let people know when I'm talking about them; his response was "I usually end up yelling at the TV, "No, you assholes! Do THIS!"
clarsa
Feb. 21st, 2006 04:23 pm (UTC)
The late Jerome Bixby said, "One of a writer's most important jobs is to conceal the fact that his characters are part-time idiots."
teal_cuttlefish
Feb. 21st, 2006 09:35 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking the folks in this particular show were full-time idiots. And arguing with the TV is just so frustrating; it still doesn't get intelligent.
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