Creepy 'Spectral Sightings' Viral Website from 'Insidious' Launched
by Alex Billington
March 9, 2011
It's not the house that's haunted. I received an e-mail tonight with a link to a viral website called Spectral Sightings, the self-proclaimed "Experts In Paranormal Investigation", which is the group that shows up in James Wan's Insidious (trailer) to help rid them of the evil spirits haunting that house. The site contains some creepy YouTube videos, case studies, info, and a link to a blog called Voice From The Further, "all those who are haunted are not alone", that's about some girl who was stuck in a coma for 20 years. And yes, the Spectral Sightings team is meant to be kind of goofy in a classic Poltergeist kind of way, so don't worry.
These sites were originally mentioned by MovieViral last week, but only had placeholder imagery (like this crazy gas mask that Lin Shaye uses). Now the full site has launched and it's a viral company website for this Spectral Sightings team, lead by Lin Shaye as "gifted medium" Elise Reiner and her two crazy/goofy/weird sidekicks "Specs" and "Tucker" - they have some great scenes in the film, too. The obvious page of interest here is Case Studies and if you ain't afraid of no ghosts, check out the videos there. Oh and that gas mask is actually a Paleographical Stimulator - they even put up a $245,000 craigslist listing for it! Awesome.
As for this other mysterious Voice From The Further blog, I wish I could explain more detail how the coma and haunting all tie together within Insidious, but that's a part of the film I don't want to ruin, so I'll remain ambiguous about it. Basically, I'm sure the girl writing the blog has some very interesting things to say about being in that coma for 20 years, as I'm sure she got stuck in a realm known as The Further, too. There's also an unbelievably freaky photo of some weird ghost photo-bombing a shot with the girl and he "wasn't there before the coma." Giving me the chills just thinking/reading about all this again, which means this is good.
If you haven't seen the official trailer for Insidious yet, definitely stop and check that out first. There's a lot of interesting paranormal, haunted house kind of stuff to go through on these websites and I'm sure they'll fill up as we near the April 1st release. If you're into ghosts and horror films, and are excited for Insidious (which you should be!), visit the sites spectralsightings.com / voicefromthefurther.com and follow both for updates. Oh and if you find anything else unusual - be sure to point it out and/or send it our way.