Hotel Paranormal – Fair to Hotel Ghosts?

Dan Aykroyd returns with both a Ghostbusters sequel and a TV show about haunted places.

Here’s part of the news story:

Dan Aykroyd still believes in ghosts in ‘Hotel Paranormal’ – UPI.com

LOS ANGELES, July 11 (UPI) — Ghostbuster Dan Aykroyd is back in the paranormal realm with the new Travel Channel series Hotel Paranormal. Aykroyd narrates true stories of people who have reported encounters with spirits at hotels.

… “We know these people went through trauma here,” Aykroyd said. “We give them a voice and a place to talk about it. Why would they make up these torturous stories?”

… Aykroyd returns to the world of Ghostbusters in the upcoming sequel Ghostbusters: Afterlife. The film was postponed from opening this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It now will open March 5.

MY THOUGHTS:

Hotel Paranormal - Fair to ghosts?Since childhood, I’ve visited – and often spent the night – in haunted hotels.

I don’t recall any of them that were traumatizing.

I have no “torturous” stories, either.

From the Wentworth Hotel on the New Hampshire/Maine border, to the Spalding Inn, recently owned by Jason Hawes, Grant Wilson, and their families, my time at haunted hotels has generally been happy. Even fun.

Of course, I’m familiar with stories of abandoned brides and victims of crimes that haunt related hotels and stately homes.

When I visited the Driskill Hotel, researching my Ghosts of Austin, Texas book, I was among the first people to enter their “haunted” suite as they reopened and refurbished the rooms.

I’ll admit it seemed a little creepy.

However, I also noted the credible stories of several other ghosts at the Driskill – some of them quirky and very much at home in Texas – and I wouldn’t hesitate to spend a vacation at the Driskill.

Then there’s the haunted Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans. I’ve spent many nights in one of the most haunted rooms, and – though I sensed a presence at times – it seemed like a very sweet, gentle spirit. My husband and I always sleep soundly at the Monteleone.

The ghost in the Monteleone’s elevator seemed more whimsical than eerie. And the voices of the ghosts in one of their lounges – still partying in the early hours of the morning – were a delightful throwback to an earlier era.

At least one entity at the Salem Inn had a sense of humor. What he shouted – through an Ovilus device – was somewhat crude, but later turned out to be entirely relevant.

A ghost at Stratford-upon-Avon’s Falcon Hotel (in England) was mischievous, especially when we tried to take photos in the most haunted bedroom. I’m eager to return there for another attempt to capture at least an orb. (Instead, the spirit seemed determined to prevent most photos of the supposedly haunted bed.)

In other words, I’ve stayed at many haunted hotels, and – so far – no traumatic encounters. Odd ones…? Yes.

(The Myrtles Plantation, while not an actual hotel – more of a B&B – was strange. Despite that, it’s on my list of 13 Favorite Haunts.)

But distressing experiences related to a hotel ghost…? Not really. The exceptions were when researchers deliberately provoked the ghosts. I’ll admit I think it’s perfectly fair for a ghost to “give as good as he got.”

So, I’m raising an eyebrow, wondering whether Hotel Paranormal will perpetuate the “all ghosts are scary/evil” stereotype.

I hope not.

But, either way, I like Dan Aykroyd and wish him success with both the TV series and his new film.

Hotel Paranormal airs Saturdays at 10 p.m. EDT on the Travel Channel.

The full, original article was published here.