“I love ghost shows. I watch them all the time,” said Orrichio, who lives in Holland Township and owns a film production company. He noticed that their casts are overwhelmingly middle-aged men, a limitation his program won’t suffer. “The Ghost Chicks” will investigate “from a woman’s perspective,” he said.
For Orrichio, the program is no novelty. It includes Karen Timper, whom he says has six years’ experience hunting ghosts. Amber Anderson, whom he calls a psychic, is also part of the show. She’ll be part of each investigation into claims of the paranormal. Together they’ll work with the ghost-hunting “newcomers,” guiding them, and viewers, through the process of investigating claims of the paranormal.
Orrichio said the program’s Red Mill home base offers plenty of fodder itself. While taping at the mill on Sunday, he said he felt someone grab his shoulder from behind. He assumed it was producer Tony Rugnetta, and ignored it even though it annoyed him. By the time he felt it three or four times, however, he turned around, only to find Rugnetta was about 5 feet away.
That’s when Anderson announced she’d detected a woman who likes to grab the shoulders of those she thinks need discipline. Orrichio hadn’t mentioned anything to her about the touch he felt on his shoulder.
“I swear to God,” Orrichio said. “I actually felt it.”
He understands that there are those who dismiss such claims as fantasy or illusion. “You can’t change anyone,” he said, “unless they experience it themselves.”
That wasn’t Orrichio’s first encounter with the inexplicable. He also claims to be witness to what he calls EVP, or “electronic voice phenomena.” That’s when questions are posed to those who are unseen. Miraculously — although witnesses of the event claim to hear no response — digital audio recorders sometimes detect the unheard answer and play it back for all to hear, he says.
Orrichio brings experience to the job. His previous films include “Possession of Father Thomas,” “Requiem for a Vampire,” “Black Ribbon” and “Abduction.” That track record as creator, director and editor, and his novel idea for a genre that seems well-received by television viewers, helps explain the interest being shown in this project. He hopes it will be picked up in time to be one of the new shows next fall.
If “Ghost Chicks” is a hit, Orrichio said he won’t have to venture far to investigate other claims of the supernatural. Already, tips are streaming in. “We’ll try to stay local,” he said. “Why go to California to investigate claims? There’s so much history here.”
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