Steve Gonsalves (left) and Amy Bruni of the Syfy TV series "Ghost Hunters."
By Jon Waterhouse
While the cast of the Syfy network’s paranormal investigative series Ghost Hunters are usually the ones doing the investigating, at DragonCon 2011 these spooky sleuths were the ones under the microscope.
Several of the stars of Ghost Hunters were haunting DragonCon this year and participating in various panel discussions. On September 5, the last day of the con, haint hunters Steve Gonsalves and Amy Bruni led one of the last and largest Q&A sessions of DragonCon 2011.
The pair fielded a variety of questions including the following:
On some of their investigations not making it on television:
“There are a lot of places we’ve investigated that don’t make it on TV,” Gonsalves said. “Out of every 10 investigations, at least three don’t make it to air. It’s not necessarily because you didn’t get any results. ...The show is really more about the investigators. At a production meeting, I was told that it’s all about getting the audience invested in the cast and getting them to care.”
On one particular investigation that didn’t make it on air:
“There was a time during season one when we went to a house and the family out-of-their-minds mortified,” Gonsalves said. “It was a feeling I’ve never felt before. It was like getting smacked with a baseball bat; a really oppressive force. The landlord kicked the production team out. The producers said, ‘Well, we have to leave.’ We all left, but I ended up calling the family and meeting with them. I said, ‘Screw the production company.’ We had to meet with them.”
On one of the most frightening experiences that’s ever happened:
“We were at the Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown, N.Y. I was with my friend Adam Blai, who is a demonologist,” Bruni said. “We passed room 585, and Adam felt something very angry in there. We went in, sat down and talked to whatever was there. I said, ‘It’s your chance to be heard.’ ...All of a sudden a piece of crown molding ripped off the wall by itself. I could hear the nails ripping out. It came off the wall and was flying at me. I started laughing, which is what I do when I’m scared. Then I started cursing. I really wish we could’ve captured that on camera.”
On how their live Hallloween shows differ from regular episodes:
“It’s six hours of live investigation, and it’s pretty insane,” Gonsalves said. “It’s much more organized and choreographed, because it’s live. The investigation isn’t set up or anything, but we’re all told to be in specific places.”
“It’s a legitimate investigation,” Bruni adds. “We have a totally different crew filming us. Usually it’s sports guys filming us, because they have experience doing live sports broadcasts, They usually have a good time making fun of us.”