No, it’s not the banks of monitors or investigating old dark properties. The Dead Sessions is founded on the almost unheard of premise of featuring a cast comprised of people who actually have a background in paranormal research.
The independent show is the brainchild of Tim Nealon and Chris Allen. Tim, the owner of Ghost City Tours, is a long time paranormal researcher with roots in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. His accomplice, Chris Allen is the owner of Haunted Savannah Tours and the former Director of Paulding County Paranormal.
Many people in the paranormal genre have long lamented the fact that current investigative offerings, even by major networks, is surface at best and attempts to portray former NASCAR models and celebrity child stars as long time paranormal enthusiasts. No offense, Jack, but we watched you grow up as Ozzy’s son and I am at a loss remembering any of your paranormal exploits. Hopefully The Dead Sessions will deliver where others have failed.
I’m excited at the prospect. And not just because the show features people who actually have experience in the genre, or because they are based in my very own Savannah, Georgia. But because they are focusing on one of my favorite aspects of paranormal research; EVP’s. Electronic Voice Phenomenon is the darling of evidence among seasoned paranormal researchers but it gets the least amount of exposure because it can be so easily faked. However, when you think about it, magicians make their living off tricking the eyes because that is the easiest of the senses to fool. I’ve watched many a researcher pour over mediocre film and photos trying to discern light, dust and moisture from a true anomaly but a solid EVP is hard to beat.
The show also features another often overlooked and sorely under represented aspect of paranormal reality television; historical research. I love a good story and I love it even more when it is based on some actual research before it is sold and told. Tim and Chris both have solid backgrounds in research and route development with their tour companies and chances are it will transfer over to the show as well.
The Dead Sessions, currently filming in Savannah, Georgia is as of the time of this writing undistributed, but with the trend of webisodes exploding and expected to increase by 55% in the next 3 years, finding an audience shouldn’t be a problem. I’m betting the show will be a refreshing facelift for a genre in desperate need of one.
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