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Kane Hodder’s Paranormal Documentary Balsam Gets a Release Date!



Kane Hodder Balsam A Paranormal Investigation

Kane Hodder’s new film Balsam is set for release on December 14, 2021. Balsam is a feature-length documentary that follows Kane Hodder as he leads a team of paranormal investigators as they investigate The Grand Old Lady Hotel in Balsam, North Carolina.

Kane Hodder Balsam: A Paranormal Investigation

The Grand Old Lady Hotel is a 112-year-old, 40,000 square foot hotel with a disturbing past. Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, the hotel is referred to by many as the Stanley Hotel of the south.

While Kane Hodder is notorious for his role as Jason Voorhees in the Friday the 13th franchise, Kane is an experienced paranormal investigator. He is a founding member of the Hollywood Ghost Hunters. Kane has investigated the Pico House in Los Angeles, California, with Zak Bagans on Ghost Adventures.

Kane Hodder Balsam A Paranormal Investigation

Director Tony H. Cadwell stated, “This is a paranormal investigation like no other. You have an experienced team lead by a horror icon. We had this amazing 40,000 square foot hotel all to ourselves to investigate.  Nothing was scripted. We just went in and tried to document any paranormal activity that we could. The evidence that we collected in this film is just shocking.”

Kane stated, “I would have to say that this location is for me personally the most activity I guess you can say that I have witnessed.”

Balsam A Paranormal Investigation Kane Hodder

Balsam was executive produced by White Glove Productions’ Tom Sulkowski (Mechanic: Resurrection) and H13 Media’s Tony H. Cadwell, with Kane Hodder serving as a producer on the project.  The documentary stars Kane Hodder, Amanda Hannah, Mark A. Richardson, and Maeve Ybanez.

Balsam is set for release on December 14, 2021, on DVD and VOD.  DVDs can be pre-ordered now on Amazon by clicking here.

Check out the trailer below:


Balsam A Paranormal Investigation Kane Hodder Mark Richardson

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What Are Your Top 5 Haunted Places to Investigate?



Paranormal 13 5 Haunted Places To Investigate

Every paranormal investigator has their list of haunted locations that they would like to investigate. My list is constantly changing as I learn about new places.  What are the top five haunted places that you would like to investigate?  Such a simple but yet complex question.

Be sure to let us know what haunted places are on your list in the comments. As of now, here is a list of the top 5 haunted places that I would like to investigate in the United States.

5) Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

Weston Hospital aka Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum Paranormal13

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum is a psychiatric hospital that was in operation from 1864 through 1994.  The asylum was originally built to house 250 people, but in the 1950s, it became overcrowded with 2,400 patients.  Numerous lobotomies were carried out in the hospital as part of the West Virginia Lobotomy Project.  Despite being featured on multiple paranormal shows, I feel that this location would be one to visit in person.  One could only imagine what energy the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum houses.

4) St. Louis Cemetery #1

Haunted St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 Paranormal13

I have mixed feelings on whether or not a cemetery is a good candidate for a haunted location.  If the person died somewhere else, why would their spirit stay with the body until it is buried? I am not 100% convinced that graveyards are a good candidate for a haunted location.

The St. Louis Cemetery #1 seems like an excellent choice to test the theory of whether or not a cemetery is haunted.   The cemetery was established on August 14th, 1789.  The one-block cemetery has over 700 tombs, and over 100,000 people buried.

3) Winchester Mystery House

The Winchester Mystery House is located at 525 South Winchester Blvd, San Jose, California.  The home was the personal residence of Sarah Winchester, the widow of firearm entrepreneur William Wirt Winchester.  There are so many legends about the property and even a horror movie.  The story goes that Sarah Winchester kept the home under construction until her death because ghosts of those killed by Winchester rifles haunted the property.  The property is open to the public for tours, but you need special permission from the owners to conduct a paranormal investigation.

2) Goldfield Hotel

Haunted Hotel in Goldfield NV

The Goldfield Hotel is the location that sent Zak Bagans running.  In the Ghost Adventures documentary, which inspired Bagan’s hit television show, a brick flies through the air at the Goldfield Hotel.   Some say this is the portal to hell in the basement. Others say the ghosts of the hotel will not let it ever open again. I have stood on the porch of the hotel during a visit to the town of Goldfield.  I just missed out on an opportunity to investigating the place.  Currently, the Goldfield Hotel is closed to the public. Hopefully, someday the owners will allow investigations.

1) Amityville Horror House

This home has so much history and controversy attached to it, making it a must-add to the investigation list.  The house is the site of six murders.  Ronald DeFeo, Jr. shot and killed his family there in 1974.  DeFeo claimed he heard voices.  There are numerous claims that he was possessed.  Thirteen months after the murders, George and Kathy Lutz moved into the home with their three children. After 28 days, the Lutzes abandoned the house, stating that something evil lived in the house.  The Amityville Horror House has been the subject of numerous books and films.  Some say it is haunted, while others say it’s all fake.  For me, the only way to sort things out and investigate.

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How To Accurately Perform The Estes Method



How to Do The Estes Method Balsam

Have you ever wondered how to accurately perform the Estes Method? A few years ago, I was browsing through Prime and came across the series Hellier. I’m a sucker for a good paranormal documentary, and I immediately got sucked in. I mean, who doesn’t like stories of Kentucky Goblins and high strangeness. However, one of the things that stuck out to me the most was the utilization of the Estes Method during their paranormal investigations.

The Estes method was created by Karl Pfeiffer, Connor Randall, and Michelle Tate, the resident paranormal team at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. They started playing with the idea of this method in 2011, but it wasn’t until 2016 when Connor Randall first utilized this method in the basement of the Stanley Hotel with just a pair of regular headphones. They tweaked the method by adding a blindfold and noise cancelling headphones to take away any outside influences and rule out any attempts at trickery. You can watch the earliest uses of the Estes Method in Karl Pfeiffer’s documentary Spirits of the Stanley and see the teams growing excitement as they realize what they’ve created.

The Estes Method is the first groundbreaking experiment to change spirit communication within the paranormal field since Wolfgang Metzger introduced the Ganzfeld Experiment to the world of experimental psychology in the ’70s. If you have never heard of or attempted the Ganzfeld Experiment, I strongly suggest giving it a try. One of the more memorable times that I have done the experiment was during an investigation in the Jennie Wade House in Gettysburg. It was a personal experience I won’t forget. While the experiences with the Ganzfeld are more neurological than paranormal in nature, it still produces personal experiences that I would recommend for anyone.

I’ve been a paranormal investigator for a long time. While the market is bounding with new ghost hunting gadgets, the basic function for all of this equipment remains roughly the same. While the results can be intriguing, the overuse of the equipment can make an investigation stagnant. The Estes Method takes traditional spirit box communication and cleans it up a bit. I often use a spirit box in the investigations, but I’m not a huge fan. It’s easy to hear what you want to hear and feed off of what other people believe they are hearing. The Estes Method takes away the outside stimulus and allows for more direct communication. We use the method in our investigations, and while it doesn’t always produce undeniable results, we’ve definitely had our fair share of intense and sometimes mind-blowing interactions.

If you’re interested in trying the Estes Method during your next investigation, Greg Newkirk (from the Hellier documentary) lays out the process:


With its use on shows like Kindred Spirits and Hellier, the wider public will inevitably begin experimenting with the Estes Method, so I asked Pfeiffer and Randall for advice. Here’s what you need for an effective Estes Method session, straight from the creators of the experiment.

  1. A willing Receiver and a willing Operator. In other words, someone to perform the Estes Method and someone to ask questions.
  2. A solid, tight blindfold. This particular type of mask, affectionately referred to as an “eye-bra” by Randall, works best.
  3. An SB7 Spirit Box, preferably the latest model. They’re much louder, which helps rule out fraud by unscrupulous Receivers.
  4. A pair of Vic Firth S1H1 or S1H2 Stereo Isolation Headphones. These are vastly important. If you aren’t using these headphones or an equivalent, throw out all of your evidence. These cans were made for studio drummers and block external noise up to 25 decibels, ruling out unintentionally hearing the Operator’s questions or outright fraud. If you see an investigator using off-the-rack headphones or earbuds, they’re performing the experiment incorrectly and might be trying to pull a fast one on you and the viewer. Anything less than 20 decibels of sound isolation won’t cut it. Stick to the Vic Firths. A general rule of EVP playback applies here as well: beware of sound-cancelling headphones. These types of headphones work by playing a tone that deafens the ears to outside sounds; you don’t want your headphones accidentally muting a spirit voice that might whisper through your feed.

Greg points out that the Receiver should make themselves as comfortable as possible. The Operator should direct questions at the entity or entities in the room and not specifically at the Receiver. Connor Randall’s additional advice is to say everything that you hear. No matter how weird it might seem at first and don’t try to be an interpreter, but rather a megaphone for the sounds. Read more from Greg about this method at The Estes Method: How the Groundbreaking SB7 Spirit Box Experiment is Changing Paranormal Investigation (

The Estes is quickly becoming a staple in paranormal investigations, and we would love to hear about your experiences with this method. Feel free to send us an email or leave us a comment. We’d love to hear from you!

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What To Do If Your House Is Haunted?



What To Do If Your House Is Haunted?

So, you think your house is haunted?  What do you do if your house is haunted? Identifying what type of haunting you are dealing with is the first thing you need to do. The internet is saturated with information on all types of ghosts, hauntings, spirits, and paranormal activity, and it can be a bit overwhelming, especially if you are new to these types of things. For that reason, we have broken it down into three basic types of hauntings; Residual Hauntings, Intelligent Hauntings, and Poltergeist hauntings.

Residual Hauntings

Residual hauntings are the most common type of haunting. These hauntings are like timestamps, moments caught in time that replay over and over. The primary indicator that you are experiencing a residual haunting is the lack of interaction or response between the spirit and the environment. It will be the same behavior at the exact location regardless of the changes in the physical environment. It will not interact with you, and it has no idea you are there.

Examples of this type of haunting would be the sound of footsteps, the sound of voices or laughter/crying, or seeing an apparition doing the same thing over and over. The Stone Tape theory equates these types of hauntings to tape recordings. It suggests that when people die during a highly emotional or traumatic event, the energy expelled is recorded by the environment and replayed repeatedly like a movie. These types of hauntings are not malevolent, and in most cases, people choose just to leave things be.

Intelligent Hauntings

Intelligent hauntings respond directly to you and involve spirits who can interact and adapt to their surroundings. This category of hauntings encompasses a plethora of subcategories and theories, and you can find yourself spiraling down a rabbit hole of information if you aren’t careful. However, the basic premise of this type of haunting is that the entity is aware of you and able to manifest activity to communicate and alert you to its presence.

It’s important to note, as well, that the more you interact with an entity, the stronger it can become. Regardless of your personal beliefs of what ghosts may be, one thing most of us can agree on is that the spirits contain energy just as we do, and they’ve been known to drain the energy from their surroundings. Therefore, batteries drain, and electronics can fail when a ghost is in the room, so it’s not too much of a stretch to believe that an entity can also drain our energies.

If you feel like this is the type of haunting you are experiencing, you should reach out to a paranormal team in your area that can help you. Trying to rid your home of an intelligent haunting may take multiple attempts and specific methods, and enlisting help from people who have encountered this type of activity before will be beneficial.

Poltergeist Haunting

A poltergeist haunting is indicated by a lot of physical disturbances and moving objects and, in German, means “noisy ghost.” This type of activity may seem somewhat aggressive and may also include pinching, hitting, tripping, or pushing. Poltergeist activity is sometimes mistaken as a demonic or a negative intelligent haunting.

As with anything else in the paranormal, opinions on what causes a poltergeist vary greatly. There is a lot of information that suggests poltergeists develop based upon our own energy and emotions. Poltergeist activity will typically center around one person, and in many well-known cases, these people tend to be young and teenage girls. This type of activity is driven by high emotion and high energy, and there is no time more confusing and emotional than the adolescent years.

If you feel that you have a poltergeist, try to identify the stressors driving the emotions within the home. Since the poltergeist activity results from emotions and energy, as the environment evens out and calms down, so does the activity. If you are unable to curb the activity, you may need to enlist the help of an energy worker or someone who knows the practice of Geomancy.

What To Do If Your House Is Haunted?

The most important thing to do, however, is to trust your instincts. When in doubt, ask for help. Keep in mind that the paranormal field is vast, and opinions are many. Be wary of who you let into the home, and always go with your gut. If something seems off, it probably is and never pay someone to come in with the purpose to ‘get rid of your ghosts.  Reputable paranormal teams do not require payment for assistance. The symptoms of some psychiatric and medical conditions can be mistaken for paranormal activity. It is always good to take medical and mental conditions and medications into consideration when determining if you are dealing with a haunting.

Don’t trust a team that doesn’t first try to debunk the activity or find non-paranormal origins, as a good paranormal team will cover all the possibilities before declaring a home haunted. Many things can make you think your house is haunted that are perfectly explainable by people who know what to look for. Not everything is a haunting, but not everything is explainable, so be sure to keep an open and logical mind throughout the process and know that there are people out there that can and will assist you.

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