New Documentary Set To Explore Paranormal Entertainment's Impact On Supernatural Beliefs

February 02, 2022 1:00 AM ‐ ParanormalDocumentaries

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Spectre Or Spectacle: A History Of The Paranormal
A new feature-length documentary featuring some of the biggest names in the paranormal world aims to explore how entertainment has affected our belief in the paranormal over the centuries.

'Spectre Or Spectacle: A History Of The Paranormal' will take fans of ghosts and hauntings on a journey through time, exploring how ghost hunting television shows and supernatural movies have shaped people's belief in things that go bump in the night, featuring interviews with historians, authors, parapsychologists and experts in the field of the paranormal.

Ahead of a planned wider release in late-2022, the film will premiere at special charity screenings across the UK and US in spring 2022 to raise funds for the amazing children's charity, Angelwish, who like many other not-for-profit organisations, have struggled to raise much-needed funds during the pandemic. 

The documentary is directed by North Wales filmmaker, SJ Evans, and produced by 7t Something Films. SJ has over 14-years experience in the film industry, and has produced a variety of projects including features, critically acclaimed short films and documentaries.

The documentary, which is also presented by SJ, is in the final stages of post production and features interviews with television ghost hunters including Katrina Weidman from 'Paranormal Lockdown' and 'Portals To Hell', Alexandra Holzer of 'The Holzer Files', and 'Help! My House Is Haunted' investigators Barri Ghai, Jayne Harris and Sandy Lakdar.

SJ also spoke with Yvette Fielding and Karl Beattie, the husband-and-wife team who created the long running paranormal show, 'Most Haunted'.
Spectre Or Spectacle: A History Of The Paranormal

The film also features experts in the field of the paranormal including Ciarán O'Keeffe and Evelyn Hollow, who both recently contributed to the hugely successful podcast series, 'Uncanny'. Plus conversations with Paul Stevenson the editor of 'Haunted Magazine' and the legendary television producer Stephen Volk, who created the infamous BBC mockumentary, 'GhostWatch'.

The film covers a wide range of topics from Homer's Odyssey, to the Fox Sisters, the Amityville horrors, all the way through to paranormal TV shows and podcasts.
Spectre Or Spectacle: A History Of The Paranormal

Also look out for appearances from Jim Harold host of 'The Paranormal Podcast', author Karen A Dahlman, paranormal blogger Kate Cherrell, writer and podcaster Penny Griffiths Morgan, and podcaster Tim Ellis.

Shimmy Mehta, the founder and CEO of Angelwish who will benefit from the film's release said, "Angelwish has been focused on granting the wishes and providing for the basic needs of children and families living with chronic illnesses for many years and we are excited to be working with SJ again. We are especially thankful for this partnership during this extraordinary time as we are dealing with the effects of COVID-19 at our many hospitals around the world".

'Spectre Or Spectacle: A History Of The Paranormal' will be available at selected screenings this spring, followed by a home release later in the year. To find out more about the project, follow the @HistoryParanorm on Twitter.

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