Monday, January 18, 2016

Ghosts Of The Underground

The rumors of reported hauntings in London's subway system are examined in this paranormal documentary. Featuring well-shot interviews presented in a calm, matter-of-fact way, eerie shots of empty, after-hours stations devoid of commuters, and footage of dimly lit, drafty service tunnels, Ghosts Of The Underground creates an unsettling atmosphere from the beginning of the film. Two workers, both of whom worked in Kennington Loop (where supposedly more sightings occur than any other), tell the same story, edited seamlessly together. It's then revealed the men hadn't met and the experiences happened 4 years apart, one of whom never returned to his post. For the skeptics, a healthy dose of debunking is employed, where an expert using sound equipment investigates infrasound, which are very low frequencies unable to be heard by human ears. 95 dB could cause unease, and areas of the underground fall within that range. For the less skeptical, spooky tales of uncoffined burial pits which were exhumed in the creation of portions of the Tube and containing 8 bodies per cubic meter, the story of an employee delaying the train for an apparition holding an antiquated Tilly lamp, the recounting of the crash in 1958 which killed 10 people, and the telling of the tragic stampede during the 1950s where 173 people, mostly women and children, were crushed to death, is enough to make one's blood run cold. A surprisingly chilling paranormal documentary, I really enjoyed Ghosts Of The Underground.

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