American Ghost Hunter full movie review - Real, Raw, Emotional
I attended the American Ghost Hunter event in Las Vegas on June 3rd. The presentations by the AGH and Paranormal State teams were amazing alone, then came the screening of American Ghost Hunter.
If you think this film is the typical "ghost story" or "paranormal documentary", I cannot stress enough to you how wrong you are. When one thinks of an independent film and/or documentary, the general stereotype is poor audio, boring interviews, horrible cinematography, and below par directing/production. American Ghost Hunter is the TOTAL exception to this general stereotype. You can literally feel the emotion in this movie. It is REAL, it is RAW, and it is PASSIONATE. Whether you have had paranormal experiences or not, whether you believe in the paranormal or not - this film will push you to rethink everything you previously thought you knew about unexplained phenomenon. American Ghost Hunter is the type of film that will stay in your mind for days, weeks, months, and possibly a lifetime. A well deserved thank you goes out to Chad Calek and his family for putting their story out there for the public to see. Chad and his family put aside the possibility of harsh scrutiny that so many times comes with films such as this. They put aside selling their story to "Hollywood" because they wanted it told RIGHT, with no Hollywood spin put into it. They didn't decide to put their story out there for money or fame, but for you and I, so that we KNOW we are not alone in our experiences and I believe the fact that they didn't sell out should be commended. Also, a well deserved thank you should be given to Ryan Buell, a man that I held so much respect for before even meeting him, now that I have met him, the respect I have for him is immeasurable. Ryan put much of his time and effort into helping the Calek family bring their story through, not only for the sake of the film, but in helping them get closer to the answers they were seeking so that their healing process could begin. The AGH team and Sergey (Paranormal State) did an amazing job of helping to make this film the masterpiece that it is. For those of you who have not yet seen the film, American Ghost Hunter is not what you expect. It is not a creaky door ghost story, it is not a series of interviews with no evidence, it is not like a 22 minute version of Paranormal State (as much as I love Paranormal State) It is not even the story in which you are probably expecting to see. It is REAL and it is one family's lifelong journey of things more frightening than most of us could begin to imagine before seeing this film. If you have not yet had the chance to see it, please check and see when they will be touring near you and GO! It is so much more than worth it. Chad and Ryan are (as well as their teams) the most down to earth and REAL people you will ever meet. The film is absolutely amazing, the story touches your soul, and AGH member Joe Ansley (with his band) provide the music for the film that just further completes the spectacular movie that American Ghost Hunter is. Don't miss out on the tour! I cannot express how sincerely touched I was by this experience and I WILL be one of the first in line to purchase this film when it comes out on DVD - yes, it IS that good.