Help! My House Is Haunted: 'A Sinister Attachment' - Series 3, Episode 1 Review

June 25, 2021 1:00 AM ‐ TelevisionParanormal

The team have been called to the historic town of Gorleston-on-Sea to investigate the mysterious goings on in a 19th century property with links to the sea.

Help! My House Is Haunted: Pier House

Pier House, which overlooks the harbour has been home to middle-aged couple, Daniel Slattery and his fiancé Claire Meakins for two years.

Claire said, "two or three months after we'd moved in little things started happening," but she feels the activity has gotten worse in the house. The couple called in the team after becoming concerned that it's not just the house that's haunted, but something sinister is attached to Claire.

The investigation marks a return for 'Help! My House Is Haunted', which is back for a third series. This time round there are some big changes, some of which are due to the pandemic and the show's creators hope you won't notice, other changes are a bit more obvious, like the fact the show is premiering first on Discovery+ before airing later in the year on the Really channel, and there's a new team member.

Ian Lawman has taken over the role of the show's resident psychic medium, as regular Chris Fleming was unable to travel to the UK due to the travel restrictions in place a the time of filming. Ian is joined by fellow investigators and show regulars, Jayne Harris and Barri Ghai.

The first episode of the new series opened with Ian en route to the team's first case, a seaside home on the Norfolk coast. Ian tells us, "Barri has put the coordinates in the sat nav for me," so that he is kept in the dark about the location. He added, "it's always good to go into a location fresh-minded and the reason for that is it just makes your clairvoyance and your psychic abilities work stronger."

Even before arriving at the property, Ian said, "I'm getting a lot of flashes of the sea, so there's definitely a sea connection, rather than just water. It's definitely sea related." Ian also said that he was feeling itchy, he explained "it can either mean two things. It can mean spirit is very close, or crazy as it sounds, I'm wearing a wool jumper, because I'm allergic to wool."

This leads Ian to the conclusion that he could potentially be dealing with a fisherman, a little while later he clarifies this further by adding that it is a male spirit and feels it's "taken a shine to a female."

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You can read more and the team's investigations on our 'Help! My House Is Haunted' hub, where you'll find detailed reviews of each episode, trivia quizzes and news on future episodes.

Ian's Initial Investigation

Help! My House Is Haunted: Pier House

During Ian's solo walk around the property, he came to the conclusion that there were several spirits residing within the house, but felt he was primarily dealing with one. Upstairs he looked out of a bedroom window across the harbour and said, "I know that the person I'm dealing with needed to look out there and see what I'm seeing right now, because I'm not just looking with a fascination, I'm looking because I have to look as well."

Ian suggested a link to binoculars and the act of watching boats. He also mentioned picking up on tobacco smoke and saw an image of a gentleman sat with a curved pipe.

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Jayne & Barri Hunt For Leads

Help! My House Is Haunted: Pier House

While Barri went to meet Claire's sister to find out how the haunting had affected the family, Jayne was on the hunt for information about the history of the area and any potential links to the property. She had organised a video call with a local historian, Pete Goodrum, who told her the town had a long maritime tradition. He also tells Jayne about the history of Pier House, "the property you're talking about was the home of Captain Sutton, the harbour master. He would be actively involved in the management of the harbour." Tying in with what Ian had said, Pete helped Jayne unearth a link between the Captain and tobacco.

Lockdown

Barri Ghai & Ian Lawman - Help My House Is Haunted

After coming together and sharing their findings, the team met with the homeowners, to find out just how bad the attachment to Claire is. The team then set up cameras throughout the property and locked down inside for their night-long investigation.

Activity occurred pretty soon into their investigation in the form of unexplained sounds, ghost hunting gadgets triggering and even team members feeling as if they were being touched by unseen hands.

Later Jayne tried a sensory deprivation experiment, which she hoped might allow her to pick up on the spirit of Captain Sutton. She put on a blindfold and wore headphones, she's hoped that by taking away her sense of sight and sound, it would heighten her sense of smell, allowing her to smell the tobacco smoke that's been linked to the captain. The experiment worked better than Jayne could have ever imagined, and some chilling evidence was caught on camera during the experiment.

Towards the end of the investigation Ian was forced to take matters into his own hands. As a trained exorcist, he saw this as the only way to stop the negative haunting in the house.

Conclusion

Ian Lawman - Help My House Is Haunted

The episode picks up where the last series left off, with slick and well shot investigations, brought to life with fast-paced pieces to camera and concise witness testimonies, topped off with informative and constructive voice overs from the team themselves.

As always, the episode had a very strong narrative with the story being set up through the witnesses' statements and the team's initial research - this is the part of the show where each of the team members really come into their own. Ian was able to gain interesting insights into the property, which were supported by Jayne's findings with the historian, further clarity was added by Barri's interview with the victim of the haunting's family.

The main locked down investigation helps solidify the investigators hunches further and also aims to get some tangible and visual evidence to show viewers, this draws in the audience giving them a better understanding of the case in a more relatable way.

Episodes of 'Help! My House Is Haunted' often end with some kind of resolution, but the final resolve in this particular episode is stronger than ever before and really showcases the abilities and specialities of newcomer, Ian.

You can watch the whole third season of 'Help! My House Is Haunted' right now on Discovery+, as well as the show's whole back catalogue.

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