The internet is plagued with videos claiming to contain an actual ghost caught on camera. A quick YouTube search for the phrase “real ghost” conjures 118,000 grainy videos of clearly false evidence: bugs, dust, or light sources — each improperly labeled as an entity. I have combed through a large number of these videos and can comfortably call out 99.99 percent as frauds. In most cases, a group of teenagers simply figured out some editing software and created their own “ghost,” attempting to pass it off as authentic. And then there are a ton of videos that ask you to watch closely, turn up the speakers, get real close to the screen… and… “AHHHHHHH!” — Regan’s face from The Exorcist pops up to scare the crap out of you.
I hate those.
Today, I am going to share my favorite, possibly real ghost film from YouTube. Filmed at the Gettysburg Battleground, this intriguing handicam video resembles no other ghost video out there.
If there is such a thing as a ghostly encounter, this video represents it as authentically as possible. Actual (possible) entities rarely take a full human form, but often appear as waves of lights, shadows, or mist. Also, give this kid an Academy Award if this video is faked — he is convincingly unnerved what his father is filming.
The hours spent online watching faked videos, clips from morons with their first cameras, and videos edited for Japanese game shows (the strangest of all), was worth it to find this video. It is beautiful in its simplicity and presentation, worth watching again and again.