More of the same boring, cliched haunted house footage with no payoff.
We recap the Netflix horror reality series 28 Days Haunted season 1, episode 5, “Troubles Can Cause…,” which contains spoilers.
Well, as we go into the penultimate chapter, 28 Days Haunted season 1, episode 4 was been enhanced with some filmed inserts to make things a bit more interesting.
After the incident in the immersion tank, we hear about Marianne’s death, and it would appear that the producers have decided that the actual footage of the show is not enough to keep people interested, so as Shane explains his psychic vision, we see filmed footage of the murder. I am beginning to wonder if the show has been sorely lacking in drama generated by the investigators themselves, so more and more flashbacks have been filmed to beef things up a little.
By Episode 5, nothing of any note has actually occurred, and I would argue that there are YouTube paranormal channels that have done this type of thing better. Anyway, on with the recap of Episode 5.
28 Days Haunted season 1, episode 5 recap
Shane is with his team explaining his visions from the makeshift iso tank, and psychic Amy still looks unimpressed. He explains images of other people being murdered and claims he has seen where the bodies are hidden, although this is not followed up on. Studio Aaron then explains that psychics are often used by the police, a claim I would argue against, and the team might crack a cold case here. They don’t.
In Preston at Captain Grant’s Inn, the gang is still pondering the metal star they found in the ground. Psychic Shane feels it has something to do with the spirits that are trapped in the building. They deduce that there may have been a cult involved in the location from hundreds of years ago. Voiceover tells us the story of a black magic practitioner that used to inhabit the land where the building has been built.
This exposition dump from the voiceover is filling in gaps for the viewers that the psychics themselves have failed to even pick up on. If I am honest, the so-called pentagram they have found looks like it could have been placed there by a member of the production team to spice things up a bit. But that may just be me being cynical. It just feels that The Grant’s Inn storyline is so lame that it needs something to keep people interested.
We cut back to Madison Dry Goods, and Brandy and Jereme are on night 20 and still sleeping downstairs. Brandy states that Jereme has not been the same since his encounter with ghost Charlie. All he wants to do is sleep, probably just like the audience. He is complaining constantly about headaches, and Brandy has seen him write down a sentence, “Troubles can cause…” in a notebook.
When Brandy asks him what it means, he says that a voice told him to write it (probably the producer.) The pair are arguing now, and honestly, on day 21 I think they are just bored with the process. Brandy tries to keep the narrative going and says Jereme may be possessed. So, she tried again to communicate with Charlie through the spirit box.
Brandy asks ghost Charlie if there was a negative force that controlled him. The spirit box tells Brandy there was, of course, and now Brandy is convinced Jereme is being controlled by an evil force. Brandy asks to speak to someone on the production team. Tony in the studio confirms that Jereme may be possessed. I think Jereme is bored. The production team then allow Brandy to speak to a third party, Trudi, about the house.
Trudi knows the history of the events and explains the whole Lawson family storyline to Brandy, who acts like she knew nothing about the family till she arrived there. She then expresses her concern over Jereme, and Trudi validates Brandy’s fears by saying that Charlie also complained about being depressed and slept a lot before he murdered his family. Trudi states that two notes were found after the murders at the house, written by Charlie Lawson, and one of them said “Troubles will cause…”.
We cut to the Lumber Baron Inn, and the team is at night 23. They are having a candlelight seance, might as well, and Shane is now convinced he has psychic ability. In the parlor room, they start the seance. Amy gets a cold breeze on her legs and asks the ghosts to join them. She feels the girls are with them in the room. Shane is now in full psychic mode, and he starts relaying information from the girls. Apparently, the group is missing something right in front of them and they should look below.
Back in Madison, Brandy wants to talk to Jereme as she wants to know what’s going on with him. Brandy feels she is running the show herself. Jereme says he doesn’t know what is happening. I still think he is bored with the process and wants to do as little as possible. He gets aggressive about his headaches, and Brandy says she thinks he is on the verge of possession. As they play this scene out, it all comes across as bad amateur dramatics, and Jereme starts to have a small meltdown. Jereme says he can beat this, whatever this is, and we change the scene again.
Back in Preston, the mystery of the pentagram at the Inn has led Psychic Sean to try and communicate with ghostly Adelaide again. Armed with his motion detector, he attempts to contact her. He wants to know why she can’t “crossover”. He gets emotional and explains a force is stopping the spirits from moving on. Nothing else happens.
Back at Madison and Jereme uses a ghost helmet to help him fight it. The ghost helmet is perhaps the most ridiculous new piece of kit that has appeared in the show, and I cannot help but wonder if there is some spectral version of Q from Bond that is providing these McGuffins to help move things along. The ghost helmet apparently allows psychics to maintain a ghostly connection, filter out other spirits, and help psychics talk one on one with a ghost. Honestly, this is just nonsense now.
Jereme with this motorcycle helmet on has tipped the show over into becoming a parody of itself. Jereme feels a presence and starts to get spooked. He takes the helmet off in a panic and the experiment ends. Bizarrely the decision is made to send Jereme straight to the hospital. Why? Don’t know. This just becomes another staged cliffhanger ending for the show, and the idea of wasting health professionals’ time with this sort of nonsense seems stupid and contrived.
The ending of this episode makes no sense. There was literally no reason for the hospital trip, and it seems to be a ploy to get a dramatic end to the episode. The deluded characters in this so-called reality show are at this stage starting to believe their own hype, and although I know nothing about the paranormal community, I would only conclude that this show has done nothing to enhance the reputation of all involved. Please, let this end.
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