Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures, Paranormal State, Most Haunted and Ghost Lab — these are the shows that made my Top 5 List of Ghost Hunting Shows on TV.
Since I wrote that original list, even more ghost hunting shows have come and gone, some worthy of your attention, some. . . not so much. But one thing’s for sure, our fascination with things that go bump in the night, castle, school, cave and home hasn’t waned one little bit.
So here’s a new list of 5 MORE ghost hunting shows that are out to prove the existence of spirits.
This new Syfy series mixes ghost hunters with shows such as Alaska Gold Rush. A group of miners (some novices, some pros) come together to work an abandoned mine in Oregon. They’re hoping to strike it rich (several of them have nothing left to lose, so why not) but previous crews have walked away from all that glitters because the mine is haunted.
The new mine owner is well aware of the claims, so he’s brought along two paranormal investigators to help ease the miner’s fears. Only trouble is, they keep finding evidence of ghosts so they’re not really helping the process.
Ghost Mine is an interesting hybrid of ghost hunting, treasure hunting and the allure of the old West. The characters are likeable, the filming style is watchable and there are enough twists to keep you tuned in during the commercial breaks. The one thing I can’t understand is how men who are willing to risk their lives working underground in a collapsing mine can be afraid of little old ghost.
From spooky dolls that watch you walk across the room to music boxes that open and play in the middle of the night – if you have an object with a mind of its own, then maybe you should call Paranormal investigator John Zaffis. He and his team are experts in the field of haunted objects and they’ll happily take the offending object off your hands, so you can get some sleep.
Haunted Collector is the reality version of Friday the 13th: the Series; the only difference is, the objects on this show don’t kill. Not yet, anyway.
This new Syfy series drops a group of friends into the middle of a haunted location then stands back to watch what happens. It’s an interesting twist on the traditional ghost hunting shows in that the participants don’t have any hunting experience. They’re given gear (and presumably some training) but basically, they’re going in as clean slates. Some hope to find proof of the paranormal and some would rather leave without their nerves being tested.
Ah, but tested they are because that’s the human nature of the game. (Pay no attention to the bloody handprint on the wall. . . ) When you leave 3 people to fend for themselves in an abandoned property with no electricity and instructions to look for ghosts, they’re going to get jumpy. Small sounds are magnified, shadows become monsters and personality quirks become a source of tension.
Here’s a clip:
The Dead Files
This Travel Channel series just started its fourth season and they also have a unique take on the ghost hunting theme. In each episode, retired homicide detective Steve DiSchiavi and medium Amy Allan set out to investigate claims of dark, paranormal activity in a home.
They operate separately, each bringing a different skill set to the table in hopes of finding the truth behind what’s happening. What’s interesting about this series is the human element. Unlike other ghost hunting shows, The Dead Files mainly deals with live people. People who are terrified in their own homes. This season, they take on a house in North Carolina that is literally making one family member sick, a house belonging to a former mobster, and two hotels who are losing business since the ghosts moved in and won’t move out.
Deep South Paranormal
Like Ghost Mine, Deep South Paranormal draws inspiration from another reality genre – in this case, the crazy Southern redneck series like Hillbilly Handfishin’, Swamp People, and Duck Dynasty.
I’ll let Syfy explain it:
Deep South Paranormal Research is a bayou-based team on a mission. Steeped in the rich history of their homeland, they want to unlock the mysteries that have baffled Southerners for years. They are a homegrown blend of Cajun, Creole and self-proclaimed rednecks who share a passion for this part of the country and the paranormal events that take place there. They take on anything from swamp apparitions to haunted plantation houses and Southern voodoo legends.
The fun-loving charm of these larger-than-life characters becomes deadly serious when it comes to their investigations, which deal not only with the hazards of paranormal phenomenon, but with physical dangers like gators, snakes, spiders, wild hogs, and mosquitoes.
I haven’t seen a screener on this yet, but it sounds like a lot of fun. I don’t know for sure, but I suspect that the South has more hauntings than anywhere else in the US. Add in a dose of bayou heat and a couple centuries of voodoo and it’s the perfect place to find evidence of the paranormal. I can’t wait to check it out.
What’s your favorite “new” ghost hunting show?