Fact Or Faked: Paranormal Files 2 Seasons 2010

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Season 1
(18) IMDb 4.8/10

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For the past 50 years Paulding, Michigan has been at center of a controversy involving mysterious light on the horizon. Using everything from a high-powered laser to a light aircraft, the team investigates what has caused thousands of onlookers to ask, "What is that?" While in San Antonio, Texas a lonely railroad crossing serves as the backdrop for a 70-year debate where the road slopes up to the tracks, yet parked cars seem to roll uphill over the tracks.

Starring:
Larry Caughlan Jr., Jael De Pardo
Runtime:
44 minutes
Original air date:
August 12, 2010

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Season 1

Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Documentary
Starring Larry Caughlan Jr., Jael De Pardo
Supporting actors Ben Hansen, Chi-Lan Lieu, Bill Murphy, Austin Porter, Ted Strong, Michelle Strong, Jackie Holbrook, Jordan Peterson, Bill Lauer, Capone De Leon
Season year 2010
Network Syfy
Producers Carlos Aragon, John Brenkus, Carlos Contreras, A.J. D'Agostino, Rupert Dobson, Rob Dorfmann, Adrienne Florence, Chad Horning, Robert Kiviat, Brad Kuhlman, Mickey Stern, Tiffany Thompson
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Customer Reviews

I feel it is a realistic and very interesting show.
Craig Schott
The recreations they came up with seem ridiculous and clearly would not match the video.
rareoopdvds
Not really sure if it is fact or fake, but leaning toward fact.
D.Hunt

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By James Beswick VINE VOICE on September 12, 2010
Paranormal investigation shows are pure entertainment crack for me: I know most of them are staged, the "science" is laughably bad, and they never find anything. But for some reason, whenever a new variant comes along it's like when Subway releases a new sandwich - it's the same stuff slightly rejiggled but it all feels new again.

So here we have a new fearless team, led by Ben Hansen, allegedly a former FBI agent even though he looks to have just left home. There are a handful of helpers who all claim dubious levels of skill - a photographer who knows nothing about post-production, a "lead scientist" who builds puppets on pulleys, and a "stunt expert" who seems to be Ben's friend from high school. Each week they show us a bunch of videos and decide on the best two to investigate, presumably more controlled by SyFy's travel budget and how crazy the witnesses are. There's one woman on the team who's video everyone hates each week, and there seems to be a growing animosity there - which is great for TV.

Almost all the ghost and UFO videos are faked, or light distortions, or compression artifacts, or parallex effects, or out of focus plants rather than black-eyed children, little green men or the last part of Mel Gibson's career trying to get on film. The debunking looks promising in the first episode, and they successfully managed to explain the "ghost car" video that practically everyone in the whole world has seen. Then it starts to go south from there. Really far south.

Whenever a case can't be immediately debunked and they're not in the business to call the hoaxer's liar, they wheel out a "voice stress analysis" to conclude that "they're telling the truth". Presumably Ben learned this from his 15 minutes at Langley.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rareoopdvds VINE VOICE on April 10, 2012
The previous review has given a much better analysis of the show than I am about to, but I have to say, it is an entertaining show, despite going into it that they are not going to solve anything or discover anything. Yes, most, if not all of the videos they find are faked. If its not faked, it is something they cannot recreate to verify accurately, but they dont conclude one way or the other at that point.

What I find most humorous about this team of "experts" and "scientists" is that they supposedly exhaust the possibilities before they finally create something that seems a fitting recreation of the actual video in order to declare it "Faked".

The last episode I watched was a flying witch of some sort from inside a cave looking out. The recreations they came up with seem ridiculous and clearly would not match the video. The video showed wavy flowing tapestry moving upward out of view of the camera, and their experiment were using an owl flying in the same pattern. Then a guy dressed in black jumping around. Clearly there was no wings or feet in the original video. What about a black cape being pulled in that direction? Isn't that the most obvious point to start???

Needless to say, if I had to make issue with the show about their declaration of something being faked or fact, unless they get word from the author of the original video that it was faked, even a recreation that simulates the original video well still does not, in my opinion, with absolute certainty make it a faked video.

Anyway, entertaining and seeing some of the original footage is enough to strike some curiosity in you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Carter on April 10, 2011
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With all the goofy paranormal shows that bring nothing to the table, its refreshing to have a show that looks at paranormal activity logically and scientifically. They do a remarkable job of recreating paranormal video to show how they were faked, or how it could be real. While scrutinizing videos is part of the show, it still has a "I want to Believe" feel to it that keeps you coming back for more.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ashtar Command on April 19, 2013
"Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files" is a series originally aired at ScyFy. It follows a team of people investigating real or perceived paranormal phenomena, from UFOs and ghosts to mermaids and (surprise) the Honey Island Swamp Monster. The team attempts to re-enact various "paranormal" scenarios to see if they really lack a mundane explanation. The whole thing reminds me of "Finding Bigfoot", but with a broader scope. And yes, the women on this show more skin than the BRFO's tomboy Ranae...

Somewhat surprisingly, "Fact or Faked" takes a mostly sceptical angle on the problems under investigation. My favourite is the debunking of the bizarre urban legend about ghost children in Texas pushing cars up a slope. The team finds out that even school buses (!) are being "pushed" up the slope at the place in question...but unfortunately the whole thing is an optical illusion. It's really a downslope!

Another classic is the debunking of "Dr. Jonathan Reed", who claims that his Golden Retriever was killed by a crazy alien in the Cascade Mountains. The alien had an obelisk-shaped craft. Reed killed the intruder, took the body to his cabin but lost all evidence during a burglary. Conclusion? About as fake as you can possibly get! I admit that I didn't like the debunking of the poor old Honey Island Swamp Monster, though. I mean, I happen to believe in such stuff. But perhaps there is hope after all, since "Fact or Faked" haven't been able to explain the mysterious Nightcrawler of Fresno. But sure, I suppose it could be a hungry shorebird looking for the closest fast food place!

Despite the mostly sceptical angle, not everyone is pleased with the paranormal files. Both the CSI and the James Randi Educational Foundation have published a highly critical review of the series.
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