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HR Discussion: Haunted Collector

So we are a few episodes in to the first season of SyFy’s new show ‘The Haunted Collector’. Featuring John Zaffis, aka The Haunted Collector, and his family the show is based around the idea that in some cases hauntings are caused by spirits attaching themselves to objects rather than just being transient ecto-hobos. After watching the season so far, it’s clear that this show is still searching for it’s sea-legs. While the cast is getting slightly more likable, there is still no relating to them and it’s highly probable their likability is more likely just familiarity at this point.

There are some ‘ah that’s neat.’ points to the show, like finding the gun under the ladies trailer, but for the most part it seems like an overly complicated grifting scheme, like Ghost Hunters meets The Sting. Watching this guy explain that the reason someones house is haunted is because a ghost is attached to their families most prized possession is damn near like watching some one getting robbed every Wednesday night at 7.

It may be the lack of Ghost Hunters, or maybe it’s me wanting to see the best in a show, but whatever the reason, I’m still watching. What are your thoughts on the show? Give up already? Love it? Think this guy is robbing these people for his ‘museum’?

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  • I agree, at least in the area of him robbing people. I don’t think its really a paranormal researcher doing a service, its a guy using the guise of paranormal research to rip people off. Its criminal at best, and down right idiocy at worst.

  • The show premieres in my area on June 30th I believe. I’ll check it out and give my thoughts at that time. I have seen the commercials for it and I get the “traveling snake oil” vibe.

  • It’s better than Ghost Hunters Academy if that helps. There just isn’t a whole lot of ghost hunting going on and a lot of it seems really staged.

    For instance, there’s an episode where a lady claims to see foot steps from under the space between the floor and the bathroom door. So one of the girls goes there and sets up a camera on the floor. A Camera Operator follows her but waits outside. Shortly after her starting to film you can see what looks like some one walking by the door. She walkies the rest of her team and they talk about it, but they never show what the Camera Operator saw, if anything, by matching time codes.

    I don’t see it lasting too much longer in it’s current state. They are on to a good idea, it just needs working.

  • this show is horse shit i think it si stupid as fuck how the hell r u going to find a bullet and all that other stuff like 1 foot down this show needs to go off the air and syfy has lost me till they get this stupid fucking show

  • I got a chance to watch the show and here are my thoughts.
    I did like the fact that John said ghosts don’t always appear at night – or something to that effect – in regards of when to do an investigation. He seems to be a more down to earth investigator, not grasping at straws for an answer as I have seen in other shows or trying to make something simple seem paranormal. The one thing I didn’t like was how he took the typewriter to an antique dealer – we didn’t get to see everything she said about the typewriter – then told the client it should be removed so he took it and of course the client went with this fully. Unless the typewriter is dancing around like its from some messed up Disney movie I wouldn’t get too excited about it.
    My final thoughts about the first show is he seems to be a ghost hunter / antique dealer looking for a way to get stuff he wants for free.

  • Good point Stephen, there does seem to be a lot of stuff that would prove interesting chopped out of the episode. While it may not pertain to the paranormal, half of this show is about antiques, so it would have been interesting to see what the dealer said.

  • I watched the second episode on Saturday and I must say I am not impressed. The show is too vague and needs more solid investigation of paranormal and less acquiring of objects for his museum.

  • I really don’t see it getting picked up for a second season. I’ve never really considered the idea of a fake paranormal show, but this one is constantly borderline. Either they are the luckiest group of people in the world or something is being staged.

    There was an episode the other night where they pulled up the carpet on a hunch, and in the corner, where they started some blood looking stuff and some cross burnt into the floor.

    C’mon.

  • I, so far have enjoyed the show- not overly exciting & haven’t really got to see the ‘personalities’ of all the investigators yet. As far as anybody being hood-winked out of their belongings…come on! It’s TV & that ‘idea’ probably crossed everyone’s mind, including Syfy’s attorney’s, so I’m sure all options have been explained to people & release forms signed!

  • Well I’m sure SyFy is covered and what not, it still seems just like a clever ploy to get some sweet loot. John should prove he’s not full of crap and invite TAPS to investigate his museum.

    That would be a crossover worth watching.

    Off topic but remember when TAPS would always bring on special guest investigators from other SyFy shows? That was some weak sauce. You can pinpoint the exact moment they jumped the shark by watching them work with The Real Housewives. That episode to me was when I realized it’s just money to them at this point.

  • John Zaffis is pretty good at jumping to conclusions. And Syfy exploits it. Like when the girl had a nosebleed. She was just having a reaction to the dry climate, and John was convinced (or so it seemed, the way Syfy aired it) that it was paranormal. While some things may be legit, I think this is too much of Syfy trying to cash in on the paranormal again.

    Syfy has destroyed the credibility of TAPS with ridiculous episodes and guests, like the housewives. Syfy has ruined it.

  • I agree on all points Matt, I can relate to the nosebleed big time having just moved to New Mexico from North Carolina. I feel bad for TAPS, who have really striven to have paranormal research taken seriously, having to deal with guests like the housewives. Bringing stars from their own series was bad enough (although it worked, and it got me to watch Warehouse 13…) but dipping out to other NBC owned stations has really killed it.

  • ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh wow!!!!!!!!! i love the ghosts shows except ghsot hunters i think thye r fake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! * ghost* and *they*

  • ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh wow!!!!!!!!! i love the ghosts shows except ghsot hunters i think thye r fake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! * ghost* and *they*

  • I don’t like the haunted collector. Its a ploy to steal various objects that have significant or unsignificant value. I don’t believe anything about the items being haunted. I don’t bother watching that show anymore, he’s just adding items to his museum. I do LOVE Paranormal State. They totally do so much more than Ghosthunters. They find solutions to help their clients and don’t just determine whether a house is haunted and/or measure paranormal activity. I think Ryan from Paranormal State takes his role very seriously and think he is truly committed to helping people that are really afraid.

  • I don’t like the haunted collector. Its a ploy to steal various objects that have significant or unsignificant value. I don’t believe anything about the items being haunted. I don’t bother watching that show anymore, he’s just adding items to his museum. I do LOVE Paranormal State. They totally do so much more than Ghosthunters. They find solutions to help their clients and don’t just determine whether a house is haunted and/or measure paranormal activity. I think Ryan from Paranormal State takes his role very seriously and think he is truly committed to helping people that are really afraid.

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