Friday, August 9, 2013

A&E Perpetrating Fraud on a Weekly Basis?
 
A&E's American Haunting is perhaps one of the most damaging "true paranormal" programs ever to hit the airwaves.  The premise of the show is that families experiencing paranormal disturbances invite a camera crew into their home to document the hauntings and the conveniently timed resolution to those hauntings.
 
At no point does A&E announce that the events are reenactments--reenactments that have been heavily laden with special effects.  These special effects (doors opening and closing, beds bouncing up and down, moving shadows, electrical explosions) are presented as if they have been captured in real time. 
 
My real beef with the whole thing, though, is that even with the fakery, the show is not in the least bit spooky.  No frissons, no new insight into the paranormal.  Nothing to see here.  Just move on.

Click here to see the trailer (if you don't want to take my word for it.)