A HAUNTING IN SAGINAW, MICHIGAN (2013)
This documentary has Steven ‘Prozak’ Shippy and his Seekers team coming to the rescue of a woman and her two daughters. After digging up an old tool in the surrounding woods and bringing it into their house, an aggressive haunting begins. One daughter is even physically harmed. The team enters the house to find out who, or what, has taken up residence there and what it wants.
Directed by Shippy, this installment really brings the spooky. Whereas A Haunting On Washington Avenue: The Temple Theater, seemed to be sparse in it’s evidence, there is a constant parade of shadow figures, moving objects, growls, demands to “get out” and manipulated electronics in this house. This is one of the most active hauntings caught on camera. As for the doubters, even if this is a complete hoax, it’s darn good, spooky television. It’s not just this single mom and her girls either! The cat gets it’s dish moved to it’s hissing disapproval. Heck, even the turtles and fish in one of the daughter’s rooms get spooked as well. This specter leaves no resident un-haunted! It challenges “Prozak” and his ghost hunters, and a priest, continually and there is some really creepy footage and some chilling voices recorded in the process…all to our spooky delight! Only outstanding question is…why didn’t they rebury the tool immediately, since they knew from the beginning it was the trigger? Why go through a year of paranormal induced suffering till you need a paranormal investigation and visit by a holy man? Who cares? This was one creepy fun documentary.
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!