Let me just start off by saying that yes, I do believe in the paranormal. I’ve had my own experiences causing me to be a believer! If you don’t, that’s cool too! Either way, if you enjoy spooky goodness then these shows might appeal to you. One show you’ll never find on my list though is “Ghost Adventures.” I think they’re a bunch of tools and most of the time super rude to the spirits.
Paranormal Witness (Syfy)
I believe this originally airs Wednesdays at 10PM but I honestly watch most of these shows via OnDemand. Paranormal Witness is a reenactment style show that follows once case per episode. They cover everything from ghosts to demons. Shows that feature victim interviews are always hit or miss. Sometimes they feel a bit like a deer in the headlights but the interviews during PW are actually pretty solid. As far as the spook factor, there have been a few episodes that have really freaked me out but I don’t do myself any favors. I normally watch these shows at night when trying to fall asleep. Here are a few of the episode summaries!
The Lost Boy: A couple purchases a Victorian Era home and encounters the spirit of a young boy and something darker, eventually discovering the house is a former brothel and the ghost child may be a prostitute’s son.
The Wolf Pack: A family moving to a local Maine town are terrorized by wolf-like beasts.
The Dark Pond: A family moved into an old Victorian’s house, with a pond in the backyard. One day strange occurrences happened inside the house, in the meantime, outside, a dark force is leding Lilly, the litlle girl, to the dark pond.
Monsters And Mysteries In America (Destination America)
The title pretty much says it all. This show focuses on a big of everything from ghosts to aliens to weird ass critters. Each episode covers a few (normally two I think) cases and again is a first person interview set up. I will say the SFX on the show leave something to be desired and have causes a few laughing fits from time to time but the stories have always been interesting. More than once I’ve found myself going down an internet search trying to find out more about certain stories. I do like that the show features Cryptozoic elements. I don’t think we have enough monster shows out there!
“Badlands: Devil’s Highway, Black Eyed Kids, Curse Of Superstition Mountains”
Along the landscape of the badlands, truckers report horrific encounters with ghostly entities and UFOs. In Amarillo, Texas, a man has an encounter with children who appear to be more than they truly are, and in Safford, Arizona, hikers looking for lost treasure meet horrible fates, possibly at the hands of a curse on the land.
“Great Lakes: Wolfman, Dogman, Wendigo”
In Elkhorn, Wisconsin, townspeople are confronted by a horrific werewolf creature who’s stalked the land for centuries. A repo man in Flat Rock, Michigan comes face to face with the mythical Dogman while on a routine job one fateful night. In Warroad, Minnesota, the legendary Wendigo prowls the land, looking for its next victims.
“The John Keel Files Special”
In the late 1960’s the town of Point Pleasant, West Virginia is besieged by a series of monstrous creatures, blood-seeking UFO’s, and mysterious men in black. Two reporters seek answers, culminating in one of the deadliest disasters in U.S. history.
I’m not even sure if new episodes of this show air but it always seems to be available via OnDemand. Yes, it’s another interview style show but what can I say. I really enjoy them for some reason! I’d rather hear about experiences then watch someone hunt for them I guess. I’ve noticed on SyFy there’s a show by the same title but set in Australia? I haven’t checked it out yet but I assume it’s pretty much the same style. Who doesn’t love international ghosts?!
“Lake Club Horror”
Bill and Tom buy a former dance hall in Springfield, Illinois and, after much renovation, reopen it as a live rock ‘n roll club. The customers in 1974 love the historic place, but the staffers feel differently. Music seems to emanate from nowhere and chilling blasts of air frighten the owners and crew after hours. One bartender has direct contact with a threatening spirit that informs her that one of the owners is soon going to die. Through old photographs, she identifies him as a troubled former bartender who had committed suicide on the premises.
“Angels and Demons”
Kathie Sheats, a single mother, lives in Maryland and is raising her 15-year-old son Michael. In the fall of 2010, she moves into a new home with her boyfriend Brian whom she marries over the next few months. Hoping for her life to change for the good, a demonic presence lurks inside the house and begins to terrorize the family, especially Kathie. After Kathie’s psychic friend, a priest, and paranormal investigator are unable to rid the home of the evil, Kathie is faced to perform an exorcism herself. In a battle between good and evil, a guardian angel comes down and helps Kathie defeat the demon.
After a family discovers a secret room in their home, a volatile ghost becomes enraged and tries to drive them out.
The Dead Files (Travel Channel)
I really enjoy The Dead Files because I feel like it combines the ghost hunting element with the 1st person element. If you haven’t seen the show before, it follows psychic medium Amy Allan and former NYPD homicide detective Steve DiSchiavi. Amy handles the paranormal side of things while Steve does research and looks into the history of the homes and properties that they’re trying to help. After you hear the histories of some of these homes it’s no wonder they’re haunted or having issues. The episode normally ends with Amy informing the family if it’s possible for them to stay (and if so, what they should do) or if they should just leave.
“The Devil Made Me Do It”
Amy and Steve visit a haunted restaurant to investigate claims that an evil entity is harassing the staff. Steve finds out that a brutal murder took place here when it was an antique shop in 1997. Amy claims that a demon is wreaking havoc in the basement.
“The Soul Collector”
Steve and Amy investigate reports of paranormal activity from a mother and her eight children who say they are being terrorized by paranormal activity in their West Virginia home. Through research, Steve uncovers the property’s history: on March 19, 1909, a young couple was killed when two massive water tanks collapsed and flooded the town. Meanwhile, Amy says she has encountered the ghosts of a teenage boy and a man in a black coat, believed to be Civil War General John Jay Jackson Sr., one of Parkersburg’s founding fathers who owned the property.
Amy and Steve head to Louisiana when a family recall bizarre encounters with terrifying beings in their new home. The daughter of the family even tells about seeing a creature that looks “Like an Alien” Steve’s research of the property and the land it lays on reveals dark secrets and misery for those who’ve resided there in the past. Amy’s walk has her encounter the being seen by the daughter, revealing the creature is not an alien-but a demonic being who seems intent on tearing the family apart.
And there ya go! What shows do you watch? Let me know! I’m always looking for new shows to creep me out.