I started watching Hellier a few weeks ago but soon found myself listening to it while getting on with something else.
It’s a documentary about a small team of paranormal investigators following up on leads about three-toed goblins and UFOs in the town of Hellier and other locations in the Appalachian mountains.
Think Deliverance. Imagine dropping in on those small towns and exploring the heavily wooded steep mountainsides. There are many old mine workings which, it is suggested, are the entrance ways to a network of tunnels inhabited by small creatures which might be origin of legends of goblins or even grey aliens.
The investigators are serious about their work, dedicated, and thorough. There’s no doubt about their will and energy to investigate with integrity. The examples of synchroncity are intriguing and for a while you feel that they’re really on to something.
The problem with Hellier as I see it, is it’s just too long. For example, you don’t need to spend precious air time discussing how to trace an IP address from an email header. There’s just too much padding and the net result is that you watch an episode with a bewildered sense of, “Is that it?“.
Some heavy editing (how about 50%) would speed up the pace and provide more impact. I see it’s generated three out of five stars in reviews and I’d say that’s accurate.
The Appalachian Mountains are a vast and varied geographical region that spans parts of 13 states in the eastern United States. The range of the Appalachian Mountains is quite impressive, stretching over 2,000 miles long and covering an area of more than 200,000 square miles. This makes the Appalachian Mountains the fourth longest mountain range in the world.
The Appalachian Mountains are also home to some fascinating legends and folklore. One legend tells of a giant named Chief Niagarua who lived in the mountains. Niagarua was said to be so large that he could step from one mountain to another, and his footsteps created the valleys and rivers that run through the Appalachians.
Another legend tells of a group of witches who lived in the mountains. These witches were said to have unusual powers, including the ability to transform themselves into animals. One night, a group of hunters followed a pack of witches into the mountains and witnessed one of them transform into a deer. The hunters killed the deer, and when they cut it open they found the witch’s human heart inside.