‘Ghost Adventures’: Drama queens or real ghost hunters?

‘Ghost Adventures’: Drama queens or real ghost hunters?

One of my greatest guilty pleasures is Ghost Adventures, which I call the “best unintentional comedy on TV,” and I even wrote about the paranormal drama queens of Friday night some time ago. But I have to confess I’ve become totally addicted to the show, mostly for the wrong reasons, as I had been watching new episodes on my TV and DVR where they just get over the top silly. But Netflix has all of Season 2, so I went retro to see if the boys had always been so ridiculous in their ghost and demon hunting.

I have to say, after 25 episodes of the sophomore season I’m seeing Zak, Aaron and Nick in a different light. Yes, they are still drama queens (and it’s a TV show, so they have to be) but my cynical side has diminished a bit, and watching these episodes, I can’t see at least some of the humor is intentional.

I can also see there has been a serious side, too, when the adventurers did an episode that featured one of their gadget designers whose daughter had died in a car accident. Call me naïve, but at the very least I am convinced that emotional episode was genuine. I was also pretty impressed with the Tor House episode, and the ghost light in the Chicago graveyard.

And yes, there are some hilarious moments in Season 2, but intentionally funny. Zak’s trying to take the hatchet from the curator at the Lizzie Borden house was hilarious, as well as that creepy dude in the top hat with a cow in the Ashmore Estates episode. What is that dude on, anyway?


Speaking of cows, the S11E06 episode where they are driving along with the night vision camera on the top of the car because they’re afraid to get out, and they freak out over a large object by the road but it turns out to be a cow? Comedy gold… I nearly soiled myself. And right before that, they had seen a warm object by the side of the road but were too chicken shit to get out of the car and investigate. This goes along with big buffed Zak freaking out over snakes, cockroaches and dolls, for chrissakes.

Now that’s some fucking entertainment, y’all.

And that’s the bottom line in Ghost Adventures. Yes, it can be cheesy. Yes, much of the “evidence” is feelings or things not captured on camera. Yes, Zak can be sort of be a douchey drama queen at times and really needs to lose that One Direction haircut. But the bottom line is they always entertain us. (I mean how can you not love Aaron and his reactions when they send that poor dude into the worst places?)

I love those guys… so sue me. Just take it all with a healthy grain of salt and enjoy the ride.



Attack of the paranormal drama queens!

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Nick, Zak and Aaron of Ghost Adventures, the silliest ghost hunters on TV

It’s Friday night, and you know what that means — or at least what it means when “Grimm” and “Supernatural” are on hiatus — we’re left with the Friday night paranormal drama queens on Travel Channel.

I know I shouldn’t watch “Ghost Adventures” and that douchebag Zak Bagans, yet somehow I just can’t seem to help myself. It’s sort of like what I went through a phase where I just couldn’t help but watch Jerry Springer. I knew it was wrong, but the horrific train wrecks unfolding before my eyes were just too compelling to say no to. It also served to boost my self-esteem when I was feeling down.

And that, my friends, sums up “Ghost Adventures.”

The movie “Grave Encounters” is a wonderful parody quite obviously based mostly on Bagans, with maybe a little Ryan Buell thrown in, but nothing compares to the real thing. From his fake bronzer suntan, to his forward sweeping hair, our buddy Zak is in a class all his own. He’s all buffed up, yet squeals like a little girl every time there’s a supposed ghost encounter. And let’s talk about their EVP’s. They seem to think that just by stating without question that some random sound is a particular word, they can convince the whole world of the same. And is there any “Supernatural” fan out there that can watch this show and not think, “Ghost Facers!”

Come on guys, confess — this is parody right? Please tell me it is?

As I’m writing this, our boy is having a discussion about how serious paranormal investigations are and not just something that you get into to freak yourself out. Yes, he really is. But apparently it is something you get into to land yourself a TV show and to become the poster boy for frumpy cougars who think they have a haunted house.

A little tip for you Zak — men’s hair should never, ever sweep forward. Never. Unless it is your intent to scream “I am a douchebag” to the entire world.

And then there’s our girl Amy on “The Dead Files.”

I have to admit, the first time I saw the show I thought it was kind of promising and it has its moments. But as I watched each episode, I started getting kind of skeptical and things seem to match up a little too perfectly sometimes, but maybe I’m just too cynical. It’s certainly dramatic. I mean, I know it’s TV, and they’re trying to put on a show, but “Ghost Hunters” has proven you don’t have to do that to be successful. Or if you’re going to resort to some drama, it really doesn’t have to be that over the top. Just a smattering of drama, ala “Paranormal State.”

Although come to think of it, I suppose if you don’t have psychic Chip Coffey on board, you do have to amp things up a bit in the “drama queenery” department. Just sayin’.

But you can always count on Amy to be entertaining and tonight our girl is is opening “Pandora’s Box” in an all new episode. The Zak attack is taking on Ashmore Estates and the Stanley Hotel, which you all know as the hotel in “The Shining.” So throw on some popcorn for some over the top, campy paranormal fun tonight.

Think of it as your very own episodes of “Ghost Facers,” “Supernatural” fans.