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Fact Or Faked: Paranormal Files 2 Seasons 2010

Season 1
(18) IMDb 5.3/10

1. Burning Rubber / Hyperjump TV-PG CC

Former FBI Agent Ben Hansen leads his team in an investigation of the mysterious case of the Georgia Ghost Car. A police dash cam video caught a car chase ending in a shocking disappearance, leaving people perplexed and spawning theories that the speeding car could be an apparition. In Cave Buttes, a UFO hotspot in Arizona, the appearance of a series of jumping lights prompts an investigation into whether the occurrence is genuinely extraterrestrial or if it involves more earthly explanations involving balloons, LED lights or lasers.

Starring:
Ben Hansen, Jael De Pardo
Runtime:
44 minutes
Original air date:
July 15, 2010

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Season 1

Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Documentary
Director Johanna Vanderspool
Starring Ben Hansen, Jael De Pardo
Supporting actors Bill Murphy, Austin Porter, Chi-Lan Lieu, Larry Caughlan Jr., Wayne Daniels, Shawn Myers, Michael Shortt, Jeff Willes
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, Johanna Vanderspool
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Der on May 16, 2012
If you think you're going to see any thing proved fact or faked here, then you are mistaken. They never prove anything. All they try to do is see if they can recreate a video or picture. If they can do it, then to them it is FAKED! If they can't recreate whatever they are seeing, than to them it's still a mystery. They never say anything is FACT! They can't! They don't know still. It's always comes down to we can't recreate it and so we don't know.

Then, there are times when they can recreate the picture or video and they still say oh this time we can recreate it, but we still don't know for sure whatever is still not out there. UFOs, Ghosts, Bigfoot, Witches, etc. Whatever out there, IS REALLY OUT THERE OR NOT???

They really messed up the name for this show. It's Recreatable Or Not! If they never can show a fact or faked of whatever, then how can they say it's the name of the show. What I call it is more of what they ever did, then their name.

If you think about it, you can recreate almost all of whatever they are seeing in a picture or video all the time. They can just keep on trying until they got it right. Usually after 3 times of failing to recreate something, they give up. But, what if, they spend more time and money? What would happen, well eventually they can do it. So, anything is recreatable if you think about it.

If you just sit down and watch the show for what it is, then it's fun to watch.

But, if you start thinking about what this show is trying to say or prove then it's a fail attempt every time. What they manage to do in every show, is still in fake, a fail mystery waiting to be solved.
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