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7500 – Movie Trailer

7500 is a supernatural thriller focused on board Flight 7500 departing from Los Angeles International Airport bound for Tokyo. Its release date is 3 October, 2014 (USA and UK).

As the overnight flight makes its 10-hour flight over the Pacific Ocean, passengers encounter what appears to be a supernatural force in the cabin. And the results are inevitable.

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Intruders – TV Series Trailer

Intruders is a new paranormal thriller based on Michael Marshall Smith’s 2007 novel The Intruders. Its 8-episode first season premieres on BBC America this Saturday (23 August, 2014) and looks like it’ll be quite a good series.

Former LAPD officer Jack Whelan (played by John Simm) is asked to investigate a strange occurrance. When he tries to find answers, he encounters one dead end after another but nevertheless continues his investigations. His efforts eventually concentrate around a secret society, which despite offering very little information on its purpose, devotes its efforts to pursuing immortality by seeking refuge in the bodies of others.

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Five Common Sense Ways To Spot Faked Ghost Pictures

Over the years I’ve invested a lot of time trying to find genuine "ghost pictures" and have, of course, conducted investigations of my own trying to capture apparitions. While most of the photos circulating the Internet are compelling enough at first glance, closer inspection soon reveals that many have, in fact, been faked or are simply due to our brains being tricked.

Some are blatantly obvious; some are more subtle; and others are cleverly rendered. Very few have fallen into the category of "genuine" in my opinion. An increasingly large number of ghost pictures have been emerging for some time, primarily from Asia, which feature a female "ghost" unashamedly resembling the ghost from The Ring (or Ringu in Japan). In the beginning this no doubt started as a kind of shock-horror joke, but Samara (the long-haired otherworldly 8-year-old in the white dress from the movies) has been appearing all over the place, sometimes passed off as a "genuine ghost". This is an example of blatant fakery.

I was inspired to write this article because recently several of my comments dismissing apparitions caught on film (camera and video) – including the reasons why I believed they’d been faked or manipulated – were deleted, and more often than not, the undeleted comments remaining praise and give kudos to these so-called paranormal captures. It makes me wonder if the individuals or paranormal groups responsible have been busted – and they know it – and just want to cover their tracks.

I’m not an expert in photography or videography, but I know enough to ably differentiate between fakery and genuine. So, here are five common-sense ways to help dismiss these blatant frauds.

Five Ways to Spot Faked Ghost Pictures

What is the source?

This one should be most obvious, but sometimes even the best fakes fool experts for several years. In fact, we’ve even been mistaken on occasion as well.

Butcher Midg No 1 | Historical Camera

Butcher Midg No 1
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A prime example is the Cottingley Fairies. These were a series of five photographs taken in mid-1917 by cousins nine-year-old Frances Griffiths and sixteen-year-old Elsie Wright (at the time the first two photos produced) with their father’s Midg No 1 camera. They fooled many people for well over six decades until, in 1983, they admitted to fakery.

Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, also a prominent Spiritualist, was convinced that they were genuine. This, along with an opinion from Harold Snelling, a photography expert, who opined that "the two negatives are entirely genuine, unfaked photographs … [with] no trace whatsoever of studio work involving card or paper models", only gave further weight to the claims. He did not endorse any depictions of fairies, but added that they were "straightforward photographs of whatever was in front of the camera at the time".

¶ Visit the Cottingley Network for some comprehensive information about the Cottingley Fairies.

Some tabloid newspapers (online and offline) will purposefully sensationalise paranormal stories, especially Empire News, along with convincing backstories and compelling photographs. These are then often propagated as genuine articles.

Finding the source of an image, can help determine its origin. A very good browser plugin is TinEye (available for Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari and Opera). With a simple right-click on an image, the plugin can list all of the sites the image has been used on and even, with some power-research, back-trace an image to its original source.
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Annabelle the Doll – Movie Trailer

Annabelle - Movie Trailer - Upcoming Movie 2014

Annabelle Movie Trailer – Upcoming Movie 2014
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Called simply Annabelle, it’s scheduled to be released October 3, 2014.

And, after the success of The Conjuring, it was really only a matter of time before a spin-off movie was made based on Annabelle the Doll, which was featured in that movie via a series of flashbacks. In fact, Annabelle is cited as a prequel to The Conjuring, the first of three micro-budget movies focused around the Warrens’ cases.

Even before The Conjuring was released, New Line Cinema already had its sequel The Conjuring 2 in production, rumoured to be about one of Ed and Lorraine’s lesser-known cases that takes them back to 1970s England. Screen Rant has the latest news on this topic.

I’m not sure if I want to watch Annabelle but, knowing the entire backstory of the original raggedy Ann doll, I’d be interested to see how they present it.

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Some Cultural Ghost Viewpoints

We’re all familiar with the metaphysical and parapsychological viewpoints on ghosts and spirits, as well as our own from personal experiences, but what about beliefs in other cultures, such as the Native Americans? Or the Australian Aborigines? And how did the ancient civilizations view them?

Today, it’s generally accepted that a ghost or a spirit is the soul of a person who has passed away and, for whatever reason, remains earthbound, interacting with the physical world and the living or as imprints of the past recorded into the surroundings. The two words are usually synonymized, with no real distinction between the two, but in many cultures there is a clear difference.

Native American Ghost Viewpoints

In Native American culture, whereas spirits are ancestral souls, held in high regard, ghosts are viewed very negatively. They believe that the "spirit" is all around us, within each living thing, and they call upon the ancestral spirits to help guide them and ask for knowledge and insight.

Here’s a 1902 quote from the Native American physician, writer and reformer Ohíye S’a (also known as Charles Eastman), that describes the belief succinctly.:

We believe that the spirit pervades all creation and that every creature possesses a soul in some degree, though not necessarily a soul conscious to itself. The tree, the waterfall, the grizzly bear, each is an embodied force, and as such an object of reverence.

When a person dies the soul travels into the next plane of spirituality, where they can either continue with their journey or return as helpful or familial spirits or as "spirit guides" to offer guidance throughout a person’s life.

Ghosts, on the other hand, are viewed as twisted spirits with corrupted personalities, who are responsible for causing sickness and disease, contaminating food and drink, and subverting all that is good among the living. Most Native American cultures, however, don’t see ghosts as inherently evil, as they are a still part of the natural equilibrium. If a person did not receive proper burial rites when they died or if their graves have been desecrated, so their spirits become unsettled, restless and often vengeful because their circle of life is incomplete.

Spirits can become angered and destructive whether positive or negative in nature, but can be protective and creative if they are successfully appeased. To the Native Americans, this is all part of the balance and the cycle of life.

Australian Aborigines Ghost Viewpoints

In comparison, the Australian Aboriginal religion hold that humans have multiple souls. One is an “egoic soul”, a self-created, independent state accompanying the body and shaping a person’s personality and identity. Another comes from “The Dreaming” or divinity (or both), capable of entering the body to impart knowledge and insight. Ancestral spirits (spirits of ancestors) usually fall under the latter.

At death, these two types follow different paths, fates and trajectories. The “egoic soul” initially becomes a dangerous ghost, not straying far from the deceased’s body and property, but instead jealously guards them. Eventually it will pass into nonexistence, either dissolving into nothingness or by traveling to a distant place inconsequential to the living. At that moment, the deceased’s property is abandoned or destroyed and no one can rent or live in the property. Ancestral souls are eternal; they return to specific locations or to sites where they are summoned through rituals, or they are returned to the environment, abiding as one with nature and humans, to wherever they are needed.

In fact, these two viewpoints are mirrored in many cultures throughout the world, both ancient and modern, including Asian, Mediterranean and pre-Columbian American, and even in Celtic folklore.

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