Friday, August 1, 2014

Pursuit of the Paranormal - Film Review

DVD Review


This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.


Pursuit of the Paranormal
Rated: Not Rated ,Running Time: 90 minutes
Directed by Chris Bores


Some of you may recognize the name of the director of  Pursuit of the Paranormal, Chis Bores, from his very popular youtube channel - Irategamer, where he rates and does various skits mostly revolving around video games. But Chris also has a passion for paranormal investigations and it will become more evident once you watch Pursuit of the Paranormal.

So last night I finally got some free time to watch Pursuit of the Paranormal, not really knowing what to expect, I can say I was surprised with the quality of the film. As an independent film creator myself, I know how hard it is to produce a high production film and the cost associated with high quality cameras. Sometimes you just have to work with what you have and do the best you can and in this case the quality of the film is very good.

As the show is coming on we learn that it is hosted by Chris Bores and Alan Cicco. They are investigating a very familiar place, the St. Augustine Lighthouse, which is known for paranormal activity. I instantly remembered the Lighthouse from a past episode of Ghost Hunters, the previous evidence collected by Ghost Hunters was tied in very well during the first of Pursuit of the Paranormal .

So at this point my interest in the film is peeked and I'm ready for the investigation to start.

Pursuit of the Paranormal, has a really good Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures type of feel to it. A good bit of back ground is given about the lighthouse before the investigation start. Of course, with the Lighthouse being a historical hotspot for paranormal activity, the investigators are not disappointed. There is a lot of activity, but I'm assuming some of the odd banging could have been due to the temperature changes of a sunny day to a cooler night, resulting in popping and cracking of the structure. But, this is not all that happens, the team are also using various cameras and K2 meters. The K2 meters received a lot of the activity and this is where the most interesting part of the film takes place.

What was really interesting was that during the numerous K2 sessions it seemed the spirits would not or could not answer certain questions about the afterlife. Is there a particular reason for this?  The team probes deeper and tries to find the answers. I know some of the questions the investigators ask are the ones I would have ask.

While this film may not be for everyone, it does have high production values and the host/investigators do a good job. There is various evidence presented and it was entertaining. If you are a fan of or like shows like Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures, then you should find Pursuit of the Paranormal to your liking.

The only real draw backs for me were the lack of debunking attempts and lack of more gadgets, I would have liked to see more equipment used in attempts to contact the spirits. But, I can somewhat see the lack of more gadgets, as I know some of that stuff is expensive.

While there may be nothing earth shattering in the film, the line of questioning during the K2 sessions makes the film a very worthwhile watch in my opinion. This is a very good effort in the crowded market place of paranormal research. 

To purchase the film just go to Pursuit of the Paranormal.com
 

 Rating: 3 out of 5

Thanks
~Tom~







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