PCM got the chance to speak to co-lead investigators Barry
Fitzgerald and Kris Williams from Syfy's Ghost Hunters
International. The show, which is a spin-off of the Ghost
Hunters series, returns with Season three next week on Wednesday,
Ghost Hunters International features a squad of paranormal
investigators who use their principles of scientific techniques,
to explore some of the most legendary haunted spots around
the world. Each week the team travels to the far corners of
the globe, searching for answers to bizarre supernatural mysteries.
For its first round of investigations, the International crew
took on some of Europe's most haunted locales, including Chillingham
Castle in England and the forgotten underground city of Mary
King's Close in Scotland. The new episodes will take the team
to countries such as Peru, Singapore, Sweden, the Philippines
and many others.
Check out the conversation below along with the trailer for
season three of this ghoulish series:
In regards to the first two episodes that are held
in Trinidad, what did you find the biggest challenge you had
with investigating in that location?
Kris Williams: Just in some locations there were huge
- I know Barry and I - the location Chacachacare was very
overgrown, thick, thick jungles. And I know it's not something
we usually have a lot of experience with. I don't know. What
would you say?
Barry Fitzgerald: Well I certainly agree with you,
Kris. Chacachacare certainly was something which was really
new for us and really getting into some of that adventure
side of ghost investigating. And the very fact that we were
pushing ourselves to the limits in Trinidad was great for
us to get out of that norm and really extend ourselves.
And certainly for me, Trinidad will always be remembered by
the huge centipedes that hiss at you. And just - Joe Chin
and Scott Tepperman had it the hardest. And of course, I can't
forget the roads either. They were petrifying.
Where is the one place that you haven't investigated
yet for each of you that you most want to?
Kris Williams: I've always wanted to investigate the
Catacombs in France. But I think you guys have already done
that before I came on, right, like a section of it?
Barry Fitzgerald: That's right, that's right, yes.
For me I would have to say it would be the Titanic, right
at the bottom of the Atlantic.
Now can you both talk about Trinidad and the supernatural
elements there as compared to North America or even Europe?
Kris Williams: You know, it's funny because Barry and
I have both been running into places where the belief systems
are just different. And it's funny because it's been challenging
us in a lot of ways, because there's certain that we tackle
things that goes against the local culture and the local beliefs.
And I know the big thing in Trinidad was the story of the
Soucouyant which appears as a fireball. And they say that,
basically, she'll appear as an old woman and peel her skin
away and turn into this fireball. And the locals are afraid
of this thing. It's something that they scare their kids with
so they stay out of the jungle.
But it's just really interesting to see the differences and
hear the differences in the cultures in all the different
countries you go to. It's different because when I was in
the states, you know, you're familiar with what people believe
here. But once you start going outside of that and you get
to see the world a little bit, it's interesting to see our
differences. You learn - I feel I'm learning a lot more with
the international show.
Barry Fitzgerald: The differences, as Kris has pointed
out, are varied. And we find ourselves both bringing solutions
to some of those belief systems and alternatives. And at other
times we're facing a learning curve as well from our perspective
which takes us outside of our comfort zone. And sometimes
we're faced with things that we've never experienced before.
England, for example, we were told about this story that just
seemed a way out there. And, you know, for us to film that
and see it for ourselves was quite a remarkable experience.
But Trinidad, of course, has its own belief systems, very
much similar to other island belief systems. But both Trinidad
and Tobago, and of course the other islands, are steeped in
myth and superstition. And it's a very vibrant place. And
that vibrancy filters through into its legends and myths.
And it was really a remarkable experience for us all.
Kris Williams: It's funny, too, because a lot of times,
like, the, you know, different belief systems are kind of
putting the group in an interesting spot, because we're -
you know, obviously there's six of us. We're all coming at
it from different angles too. But then we're dealing with
the local culture. And, you know, there's been a couple times
we all are battling out - battling it out in a way, because
it's so different than anything we're used to dealing with.
I don't know. It's been fun. I think the last few cases we've
done have really made us all kind of think of think outside
Kris, can you talk about what you felt on the leg in
the dark in Trinidad and what you thought it was?
Kris Williams: What I felt on my leg in Trinidad, the
Lopinot. I'm trying to think. Yes, I honestly, I have no clue.
I mean there's a few things that happened in Trinidad that
I can't explain. I know I have seen this shadow, this human
figure. I also got touched. I know Barry had things a few
things happen to him that he couldn't explain. You know, it's
just one of those cases where, you know, we have personal
experiences. But then, you know, we also have some stuff to
back it up. So it was just - it was just a weird case all
I think all of us were kind of either - I don't even know
how to describe it honestly, like we're all split. For a while
there it was three on one side and three on the other. And
we're kind of battling it out over evidence. We're battling
it out over personal experience. And then, it's just - I enjoy
cases like that because we're all kind of picking at each
other. We're all working together to figure it out. It's not
like just Barry and I, which is nice.
But I have no idea what the hell touched me. I have no idea
what the hell I've seen at the location. I'm still trying
to figure it out because everything in me has always been
a skeptic. And I always question, even when I know I couldn't
explain it when I was there. But I have no idea. I mean, I'm
still confused by it.
Can you tell us Barry, do you have any new investigative
techniques or technologies that you're going to introduce
Barry Fitzgerald: I have been working with (Paul) on
development within the camera technology. We do want to see
more. We want that - we don't want that technology to become
stagnant. And so it's continually developing. We do have the
fourth generation camera, a low light full spectrum camera
which is coming out now. And it has been proving very critical
for us on the investigations, especially in Castle Rising
in England. There's going to be some staggering evidence coming
from over there.
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