Saturday, August 11, 2012
This Wednesday, August l5th, at l0 pm, the SyFy channel will air their second episode of the new season, "A Brooklyn Haunting." This hour-long episode is based on the SyFy channel's extensive interviews with myself and members of my family. They seem to be quite thorough, not to mention really nice folks. I had been approached by two other TV shows, but after viewing their work, decided against it. I have always felt that the story I documented in Grave's End sort of speaks for itself and does not need too much hyperbole. However, I also understand that SyFy has a show with an audience who wish to be entertained, so I am expecting a certain amount of CGI and scary stuff.
The people with whom we met were, without a doubt, kind and attentive and seemed sensitive to our story, seemed to understand that what happened to us was personal. I watched the last season of Paranormal Witness and was very impressed at how they presented the stories. They seemed to focus on not only the paranormal events, but also the people and/or families to whom the events happened.
One show about a mother, after her death in a car crash, trying to get help for her still alive son who remained in the wreckage, was done so beautifully, with heart and feelings and respect for the family involved. It was one of the few 'ghost shows' that I can say truly touched me. Very well done.
The interview process was a bit uncomfortable. They booked a studio in Williamsburg that, unbeknownst to them, had little to no heating. They came from England and booked ahead of their arrival so I am sure they were as shocked as I at how cold the studio really was. It was mid-December and a freezing day outside. I sat there, under the lights, for over eight hours and felt like I was going to start to shake so hard that they'd have to stop shooting. They put blankets on my legs, gave me hot coffee and tried their best to make me comfortable, but, in retrospect, I don't know if I'd do the interview again under those same circumstances. It took me hours after I got home to truly warm up. I was chilled right to the bone. The lights did not prove to warm up anything, and they had a portable heater by my knees, but nothing helped. It was so, so cold. Just thinking about it makes me shiver (which, considering how hot it is today, is sort of welcome!) Even at the time I wondered how being so cold might affect the interview.....well, we shall see on Wednesday. They interviewed Matthew, Christine and my brother Joey on a different day, thankfully, so they weren't quite as cold.
It's a little nerve wracking to let other people present your story. I don't know how we look, although I got a glimpse of myself on the preview.....not impressed..... and, more importantly, how will our story be shown? Will it be all scares and no substance? Will they take things out of context? I am trusting the SyFy crew to do a good job.........