Friday, August 18, 2017
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Paranormal Evidence: Experience Pennhurst Asylum in VR


I remember back in my day, when you wanted to go ghost hunting you had to leave your house! Well… that’s if your house isn’t haunted but you know what we mean wisenheimer! Now thanks to /NextVR and Paranormal Evidence you can head to some of the world’s spookiest places from the comfort of your own home.

From the Press Release:
“Paranormal Evidence” is a virtual reality investigation exploring the unexplained phenomena reported at notoriously haunted locations. The original program developed by NextVR pulls fans into the investigation as events unfold around them.

“We are creating original content for VR fans that significantly extends the entertainment portfolio at NextVR,” said David Cole, NextVR CEO. “’Paranormal Evidence’ is at once an adventure through dark and creepy spaces and a thought-provoking exploration of the paranormal.”

A team of investigators, led by Jack Kassewitz who has years of investigative journalism and linguistics experience, selected Pennhurst Asylum for the premiere of “Paranormal Evidence” with one goal: to capture evidence of what many have claimed is lurking in the dark. Known as one of the most haunted locations in North America, Pennhurst opened in 1908 to care for children with severe mental and physical disabilities. In the decades to follow, the isolated facility also housed society’s outcasts and criminals, became dangerously overcrowded, underfunded, and under staffed. After nearly a century of controversy and accusations of abuse and neglect, the institution was finally closed. Unexplained occurrences have been reported for years, including strange voices, slamming doors, shadowy figures, and visitors grabbed by unseen hands.

The engineering team at NextVR designed and built a proprietary VR camera system to capture full spectrum footage in the pitch-dark environment, enabling the audience to see things imperceptible by even the investigators.

The “Paranormal Evidence” team focused on Pennhurst’s Mayflower Hall for the investigation. Kassewitz deployed infrared security cameras throughout the building to keep an eye on his team as they explored the darkest corners of the dilapidated institution. The investigation included several unique “triggers” to induce paranormal activity, including an historically accurate punishment chair and an authentic hex book once involved in a grisly murder. The team successfully captured multiple bizarre and disturbing events for the VR audience to experience themselves.

“When you put on the VR headset, you enter Pennhurst Asylum with our team during the witching hour,” commented Cole. “You become part of the investigation. It’s an experience perfectly suited for VR.”

“Paranormal Evidence” is available NOW. Fans with a Samsung GearVR headset or Google Daydream View, along with a compatible smartphone, can download the free NextVR app from the Oculus Store for GearVR or the Google Play Store for Daydream users. Fans can go to for additional details and click here to learn how to get started in VR. For information on the next location “Paranormal Evidence” investigates make sure to follow @NextVR on Twitter and Instagram and /NextVR on Facebook.

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