Ghost Hunters International: Season One, Part One DVD Review
Ghost Hunters International (abbreviated as GHI) is a spin-off series of Ghost Hunters that airs on Syfy. The series premiered on January 9, 2008. Like its parent series, GHI is a reality series that follows a team of paranormal investigators; whereas, the original series primarily covered only locations within the United States, the GHI team travels around the world and documents some of the world’s most legendary haunted locations.
Ghost Hunters International might not be as good as the original series with Jay and Grant but I still find myself enjoying this spin-off show when the original isn’t airing new episodes. They have different ways of approaching things but the overall concept remains the same: Hunt ghosts, debunk as much as possible, review analysis and then reveal to client(s).
The show has gone downhill a bit ever since losing Donna, and then shortly after familiar faces Brian and Andy, but it’s interesting to hear about haunted places in exotic locations, and they really do catch a lot of good evidence on this show.
Episode 1 “Chillingham Castle” – Originally aired on January 9 2008 features investigations in a castle in Chillingham, England as well as Mary King’s Close in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Episode 2 “Evil Unearthed” – Originally aired on January 16,2008 and takes place in a mansion in Aberystwyth, Wales and an Abbey in Turin, Italy
Episode 3 “Whispers From Beyond” – Originally aired on January 23th, 2008 and features investigations in E a school in Edinburgh, Scotland and a Hall in Leicester, England
Episode 4 “Haunted Village” – Originally aired on January 30th, 2008 and features 2 investigations in Pluckley, England (The Black Horse Inn and The Screaming Woods)
Episode 5 “Fortress of Fear” – Originally aired on February 6th 2008 and features an investigation done in a Citadel located in Rasnov, Romania
Episode 6 “Headless Haunting” – Originally aired on February 13th, 2008 and features investigations in 2 castles, one located in Slovakia and the other in Germany
Episode 7 “Frankenstein’s Castle” – Originally aired on February 20th and features an investigation in Frankenstein’s Castle in Darmstadt, Germany. This episode also features a guest appearance by Destination Truth’s Josh Gates.
Episode 8 “Larnach Castle” – Originally aired on July 9 2008 and features an investigation done in a castle in Dunedin, New Zealand
Episode 9 “Devil Dog” – Originally aired on July 16th 2008 and features an investigation done in an Opera House in Wellington, New Zealand and a Mansion in Gloucestershire, England
Episode 10 “Castle of the Damned” – Originally aired on July 23rd and features investigations done in a castles (one in Tullamore, Ireland
and the other in Samlesbury, England). This episode also features a guest appearance by TAPS member Kris Williams.
Episode 11 “Shattered Spirit” – Originally aired on July 30th 2008 and features an investigation in a castle in Denbighshire, North Wales
What is refreshing about Ghost Hunters International is that it takes the Ghost Hunters template on the road all over the world. The investigators are skeptical and are looking to debunk things that were thought to be unexplainable. They attempt to capture potential evidence of the paranormal but unfortunately most of what they find consists of the odd disembodied voice or footage of a strange shadow.
Movie Content: 7/10
- Deleted/Extended Scenes
Special Features: 5/10
The investigators do often experience something first hand but it are rarely recorded and therein lies the rub. Still, if you are even remotely interested in the unexplained, the show is entertaining to watch but unfortunately the personalities of the team aren’t as distinctive as the ones on the original Ghost Hunters. On Ghost Hunters International, the exotic locations are the real star of the show.
Overall Rating: 6/10