A HAUNTING ON WASHINGTON AVENUE: THE TEMPLE THEATER (2014)
Paranormal documentary has the members of the Seekers paranormal investigation team investigating the Temple Theater in Saginaw, Michigan. The nearly 100 year-old theater is said to be haunted and there are numerous eyewitness accounts and stories to substantiate the claim.
Documentary is directed by Seekers team leader Steven ‘Prozak’ Shippy, who is from Saginaw. Ironically, Shippy’s first documentary, A Haunting on Hamilton Street, made it’s premiere at the Temple. The documentary gets off to a bit of a slow start, but does pick up somewhat in the second half. Still, none of what we see, or hear, is anything new, or anything that we haven’t seen, or heard before, on countless paranormal investigative shows. Truth be told, the documentary is fairly uneventful aside from some typical random object movements, orbs, a few shadow figures and EVP messages, which are routine for this kind of material and too spaced out to make this consistently creepy. The setting has atmosphere, with the century old theater and it’s maze of passageways and the system of tunnels built beneath it, once used for bootlegging. Sadly, Shippy and his team, though, can’t conjure up anything really intense or scary, despite trying hard. There are a couple of spooky clips towards the end, but at that point, it’s too little and too late to make this the scary treat fans of this stuff look for. Entertaining, but nothing we haven’t seen before.
Personal Note: While this documentary didn’t thrill me, I also caught Shippy’s A Haunting in Saginaw, Michigan. Did it bring the chills and scares I was looking for this time? Review forthcoming!