Ghost Hunters Season 14: Release Date, Cast And New Details
From the moment it debuted on the Syfy Channel back in 2004, "Ghost Hunters" has made an entire subculture seem, well, less uncool. The show featured a group of relatively attractive young people using high-tech equipment to search for ghosts in the spookiest places in the world. From that moment on, audiences began to view ghost hunters in a more favorable light (though, given their profession, they've never been immune to skepticism). Since the debut of "Ghost Hunters," other shows, like "Ghost Adventures" and "Paranormal State," have attempted to compete with the original ghost hunting show, per The Wrap .
"Ghost Hunters" was created by Craig Piligian, who founded Pilgrim Studios, which is behind other original television shows like " American Chopper " and "Dirty Jobs." In 2013, Piligian told CNN that he was inspired to create "Ghost Hunters" after reading an article in the New York Times about Roto-Rooter plumbers who also offered house calls to fix "paranormal disturbances" on the side. "The same qualities they used to fix a leaky pipe they used in their work to debunk whether or not a place was haunted," Piligian told CNN. "It was almost mechanical in nature, and not so much voodoo." It was this approach that inspired Piligian to approach each alleged haunting in a more "scientific" way.
The show has remained popular for more than a dozen seasons. This is what we know about the upcoming 14th season.
Season 14 will debut on Halloween
Fittingly enough, the 14th season of "Ghost Hunters" will be premiering exclusively on Discovery+ on Halloween (October 31). For the first time since 2016 when he left to form "Ghost Nation," the show's original team leader, Jason Hawes, will be returning to star on the show.
A sneak peek of what's to come in the upcoming season has been posted to the show's official website, promising that the season will be chock full of authentic paranormal encounters (via Ghost Hunters ). "This is the revival of the series that started it all. Discovery+ has given the green light to the iconic series, Ghost Hunters," a Discovery press release stated, per Comic Book . "Original team leader Jason Hawes and Steve Gonsalves, Dave Tango, and Shari DeBenedetti are taking back the paranormal reins in epic haunted locations. And don't be surprised to see some familiar faces and special guests join the team on the hunt in this all-new version of the hit series. The 13 one-hour episodes will begin streaming later this year on Discovery+."
Many familiar faces will be returning for the show's 14th season
As the 14th season's promotional video stated, the upcoming season will feature Jason Hawes, the founder of The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS) and star of "Ghost Nation," as the leader involved in every paranormal investigation (via Ghost Hunters ). Hawes will be accompanied by his team of paranormal investigators, which includes Steve Gonsalves, Dave Tango, and Shari DeBenedetti.
When "Ghost Hunters" first premiered, it featured both Hawes and Grant Wilson, who took over as the leader of the team when Hawes left to pursue his own artistic endeavors in 2016. The casting switch-ups over the years, which seem to always result in the pair not appearing together on the show, have sparked rumors that Hawes and Wilson are feuding.
Under a comment posted on Hawes' most recent Instagram post about his return to "Ghost Hunters," he revealed why he was returning in Wilson's place in Season 14. "Grant was not fired," Hawes said in a comment . "He chose to do a show when the network didn't want the entire team. I chose the team first and refused to do a show without them. Loyalty first for me."
Other special guests are slated to make an appearance on the show's 14th season, though their identities have yet to be revealed.
New details about Discovery's spooky and bingeable content
Though Halloween is more than two weeks away, Discovery's impressive roster of spooky shows on Food Network, HGTV, and Travel Channel will likely keep viewers entertained long after the end of autumn. Throughout the month of October, aside from "Ghost Hunters" Season 14, viewers can indulge in other spooky, seasonal treats like "Halloween Baking Championship," "Halloween Wars," "Ghost Adventures: Goldfield Hotel," "Outrageous Pumpkins," "Jack and Kelly Osbourne: Night of Terror," and more, according to a Discovery, Inc press release.
"We combined the ghost-themed series and specials from Food Network and HGTV with Travel Channel's compelling content to curate an incredible season of scary, fun, and bingeable shows across platforms," Kathleen Finch, chief lifestyle brands officer of Discovery, Inc. said in the press release. "With stars like Anthony Anderson, Zak Bagans, Doris Bowman, Alyson Hannigan, Jack and Kelly Osbourne and director Eli Roth bringing the creative for these series and specials to life, fans of Halloween can watch scary stories and visual treats all month long."
Get your fill of the latest season of "Ghost Hunter" by tuning into Discovery+ on Halloween.
Grant Wilson Speaks out After 'Ghost Hunters' Gets Revival Treatment With Discovery+
After getting an initial revival in 2019 on A&E, Ghost Hunters has made the move to discovery+ [...]
By Tania Hussain - May 20, 2021 03:23 pm EDT
After getting an initial revival in 2019 on A&E, Ghost Hunters has made the move to discovery+ with three of the original members of the Syfy paranormal hit now turned former investigators of Travel Channel's Ghost Nation . In a press release from Discovery on Tuesday, the mega-hit paranormal investigation series was greenlighted for a comeback with Jason Hawes , Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango for its streaming platform discovery+. The three will return with their Ghost Nation co-investigator, Shari DeBenedetti.
The news was surprising to fans, many of whom took to social media confused over the sudden revival of the series, which ran for two seasons on A&E alongside original team leader Grant Wilson and a new crew of investigators, including Kristen Luman , Daryl Marston , Mustafa Gatollari , Brandon Alvis , Richel Stratton and Brian Murray . Wilson spoke out about the matter Wednesday afternoon, informing fans he is not a part of the new rendition and that the show was "sold" to discovery+ with the team from Ghost Nation .
Hey, all! If you didn’t know by now, Ghost Hunters was sold to Discovery+ but with the team from Ghost Nation. I was not involved in this transaction nor am I a part of the new rendition. I wish them much success with it! — Grant Wilson (@grantswilson) May 19, 2021
This past January, Gatollari shared an update with PopCulture about the future of the series , admitting he and the other investigators were getting a lot of questions from fans about Season 3. "So much of that is up in the air," the New Jersey native said at the time. "It doesn't look like A&E is pursuing paranormal programming anymore, but we've never stopped our research or our work."
A year into the pandemic and Gatollari with fellow investigator Alvis are making sure they continue their investigations with a brand new YouTube series called Formula of a Haunting . Created by the pair to help further the field by analyzing potential evidence of the paranormal and disproving false positives, Gatollari says the series was a way for him to continue studying unexplained phenomena and share their unique techniques with fans.
As for the revived Ghost Hunters team, they will be back into the field next month per the network with Hawes, Gonsalves and Tango, along with DeBenedetti "taking back the paranormal reins in epic haunted locations" while teasing familiar faces and special guests will join investigations for the all-new version of the series. The 13 one-hour episodes will begin streaming later this year on discovery+.
In a statement from Travel Channel's general manager, Matthew Butler, the Pilgrim Media Group producer series is looking to bring back a dose of nostalgia to the pioneering franchise. "Fans are obsessed with the Paranormal & Unexplained hub on the new streaming platform," Butler said. "Bringing back Ghost Hunters with their favorite cast members is a thrill. And fans who want to remember why this show is a classic can watch seasons from the original series — they are available now on discovery+."
‘Ghost Hunters’ S13: The Complete Details
Ghost Hunters, when it first launched on the SciFi Channel in 2004 instantly appealed to a huge audience because of its mix of paranormal stories and interpersonal drama. It then changed its platform to SyFy where it concluded with its 11th season in 2016.
After a three-year hiatus, the reality show was picked up by A&E to air in August 2019. Because of the fresh yet familiar concept, season 12 managed to garner rave reviews from critics and was loved by fans. Moreover, it had the advantage of tapping into an existing massive fanbase, which rounds up to around three million viewers per episode. Hence, it was certain that the show would be renewed for another season. Scroll down to know the release and cast details of Ghost Hunters season 13.
Ghost Hunters Season 13 Release Date: When will it premiere?
Ghost Hunters season 12 premiered on August 21, 2019, on A&E , and concluded with its finale on October 30, 2019.
A&E had initially given the series an order of 20 episodes for the 12th season. But it aired only 11 episodes (excluding the special and a behind the scenes episode). Hence, a 13th installment was already in the works even when season 12 was on-air on tv screens.
Well, before season 12 concluded, lead investigator and producer Grant Wilson confirmed that Ghost Hunters would return in 2020. On February 18, 2020, A&E announced that Ghost Hunters Season 13 will premiere on April 8, 2020 , at 8 pm ET . The number of episodes has not been specified yet. We will add it to this section as and when we learn more.
Ghost Hunters Season 13 Cast: Who can be in it?
Ghost Hunters season 12 sees veteran member of The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS) Grant Wilson returning to assume his mantle of the lead investigator. He is accompanied by a new team, comprising co-lead investigator, Daryl Marston; the second co-lead investigator, Kristen Luman; paranormal technician and self-proclaimed “ghost geek”, Brandon Alvis; paranormal historian, Mustafa Gatollari; paranormal investigator Brian Murray; and ghost-hunting fanatic, Richel Stratton.
Season 13 has already been confirmed to see Grant and his entire crew returning to reprise their original roles.
What Can Ghost Hunters Season 13 Be About?
A&E’s version of Ghost Hunters or its 12th season witnesses the return of Grant Wilson, with a new, handpicked group of professional ghost hunters, who investigate supposedly haunted sites. They use forensic science, historical data, and breakthrough technology to help people facing unnatural phenomena. As Wilson says at the beginning of the season itself: “I don’t chase ghosts. I chase the truth.”
Although the premise of the rebooted edition is the same as that of its predecessors, it has a key difference. In the older version, the focus is to detect whether a supernatural presence is there or not. But in A&E’s rendition, the series attempts to go to the root of the problem and concentrates on helping people to reach a solution.
Across the episodes, we follow the crew as they investigate paranormal happenings at a high school in Idaho; the Pillars Estate in Albion, New York; St. Augustine Lighthouse; Landoll’s Mohican Castle; Madison Seminary; the Athenaeum; Original Springs Hotel in Okawville, Illinois; a Victorian house in Willimantic; and a sugarcane plantation in Louisiana; among others.
A&E has outlined what can be expected in the upcoming season in its official synopsis, which reads as follows:
“Grant Wilson and team head into uncharted territory to be the first to investigate reports of paranormal phenomena in some of the nation’s most remote locations. Despite mysterious and unnerving warnings from locals, the Ghost Hunters face their fears and stay on mission: to help people confront terrifying paranormal encounters that have shaken them to their core. In doing so, they capture their most compelling evidence in over a decade.”
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You can watch the official preview trailer for the two-hour premiere of season 13 right here.
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Ghost Hunters Season 14 Release Date, Cast, And More Information
Spooky season is about to get even spookier! With autumn in full swing, fans of PSLs, pumpkin patches, apple orchards, and harvest hayrides — aka those who love partaking in every fall and Halloween-themed activity — are thriving. For the more daring, fall also means haunted hayrides, scary movie marathons, and ghost hunting .
Luckily, some of the most well-known paranormal activity seekers, the cast of "Ghost Hunters," is returning with a brand new season just in time for the ghoulish holiday. Jason Hawes, the leader of the ghost-hunting gang announced the return of the former A&E series via Instagram on September 27, writing, "This is going to be great!" alongside a clip of the Season 14 trailer. The exciting news was also announced on the show's official website . "The series that launched paranormal TV is finally back on the air!" the main page reads. "For over a decade the Ghost Hunters team stalked the creepiest and dankest haunts on the search for signs of the paranormal. Now they're back and better than ever on discovery+!"
With an upcoming new season set to premiere on the streaming service owned by Discovery, Inc., Jason and the team are "committed to discovering the truth to give relief to those plagued by paranormal activity," as the "Ghost Hunters" Twitter biography reads. For more information on Season 14 of "Ghost Hunters," including the series premiere date, the cast, and show history, keep scrolling.
When will 'Ghost Hunters' Season 14 be released?
"Ghost Hunters" fans should make sure their Discovery+ account is in good standing, because "Ghost Hunters" Season 14 is dropping exclusively on the streaming service on Halloween. The teaser for the upcoming season was released on YouTube on September 27, and showed the spirit-chasing crew as they venture into some bone-chilling places to find paranormal activity. As the trailer states, "Over 15 years of investigating together has led to this moment," and by "[trusting their] skills, experience, and each other," they're bringing together epic experiences in Season 14.
When Jason shared the trailer on his personal Instagram page, fans were thrilled to find out the long-running series was returning. "This makes me so happy!!!!! I tuned in on episode one of the original 'Ghost Hunters' by accident and haven't stopped watching since," one fan wrote in the comments section of Jason's post. Another echoed , "Looking forward to it!!! You guys and gals are AWESOME!!!!" while a third user proclaimed , "Perfect for Halloween night!"
Who's in the cast for 'Ghost Hunters' Season 14?
Jason Hawes may be the leader of the beloved ghost-hunting gang, but he won't be the only star of "Ghost Hunters" Season 14. As the show's official website states, the program is returning "with original team members Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves, Dave Tango, and Shari DeBenedetti." The four-person crew was also re-introduced in the Season 14 trailer as they appeared on a paranormal adventure. "The supernatural exists, just out of our reach," the narrator says as Jason, Steve, Dave, and Shari make their way through what appears to be a haunted prison. "It's movement in the corner of your eye. A sound down the hall in an empty room. A tap on the shoulder when nobody's there. We don't have the answers. All we can do is ask the questions," the narration continues.
"Ghost Hunters" is returning to air for the first time in two years. The series first premiered in October 2004 and featured Jason and Grant Wilson — who co-founded The Atlantic Paranormal Society — and others, and aired until October 2016. The show was later revived on A&E in 2019 and ran for two seasons. A third season was still in question by October 2020, according to an Instagram post by Grant. Though Jason wasn't a part of the cast, Grant chased ghosts alongside his group of investigators, which included Daryl Marston, Kristen Luman, Brandon Alvis, Mustafa Gatollari, Brian Murray, and Richel Stratton, according to the network's website .
What happened to Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson working together on 'Ghost Hunters'?
When "Ghost Hunters" first premiered more than 17 years ago, the show starred Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson, as well as their group of investigators. However, when A&E revived the program in 2019, Jason was seemingly missing from the cast as a new crew of ghost hunters were introduced by the network. Upon A&E reprising the program with some fresh faces, Jason created a new paranormal-focused show with Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango called "Ghost Nation" on the Travel Channel . Season 1 premiered in October 2019, per IMDb , and the cast grew in Season 2 when Shari DeBenedetti joined.
When it was revealed that Jason, Steve, Dave, and Shari were coming back for "Ghost Hunters," fans were confused by the choice of name. Replying to a fan on Instagram , Jason said he and Grant split up with their own crews in 2019. "He chose to do a show when the network didn't want the entire team. I chose the team first and refused to do a show without them. Loyalty first for me," he wrote.
When it comes to why Jason is now returning with "Ghost Hunters," the TV star explained in another comment reply that "It was our baby." He added, "We would not do it without each other. We 'Steve, Dave, Shari' and others all talked it over and felt it should be ours still."
Everything about Ghost Hunters Cast including Their New Season
Originally posted on December 29, 2019 @ 9:45 am
Paranormal series “Ghost Hunters” introduced to the world back in 2004 and wrapped up after twelve years in 2016 — the primary purpose of the show to interact with the spirit who died due to different causes. The Ghost Hunters’ team go to haunted location across the United States as well as abroad.
Original team member Gran Wilson and his team members implied their experience to investigate or debunk unexplained supernatural phenomena.
Keep scrolling to know more about the Ghost Hunters cast net worth, wiki-bio, and relationship. Will Ghost Hunter be back on A&E?
Grant Wilson Net Worth & Bio
Grant Wilson is the original cast member of the Ghost Hunters. He has been involved in paranormal investigations by the age of 15. Wilson has paved the way for much of the modern field through his work with The Atlantic Paranormal Society, that founded nearly 30 years ago with his co-star Jason Hawes. Grant gained fame from the shows ‘Ghost Hunters’ and ‘Ghost Hunters International.’
Grant left the show in 2014, and now, he is back in the show or 2019 revival. The 45 years old paranormal investigator also made his appearance in popular shows such as The View, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and many more.
Also, he authored six books about the paranormal, one of which is a New York Times Best Seller. Also, he is an avid piano compose and released two albums, “1.618” and “Liquid Earth” to date. Grant Wilson’s net worth is believed to be $3 million . The TV personality Grant is married to his wife Reanna and has three sons.
Kristen Luman Net Worth & Bio
Kristen Luman is a co-lead investigator and paranormal researcher on the Ghost Hunters. She has received a degree in psychology from Portland State University. Over a decade, she has paranormal to more than 100 investigations.
Further, she works as a hypnotherapist. She also appeared on Syfy’s paranormal series “Ghost Mine,” which aired in April 2013. The net worth and salary of Kristen are not revealed to the public yet. However, her income comes from the shows and her profession as well.
Similar, she has managed to keep her personal life a low profile. When she is not investigating, Kristen teaches others about hypnotherapy.
Daryl Marston Net Worth & Bio
Daryl Marston is one of the investigators of A&E’s paranormal show ‘Ghost Hunters.’ Hailing from Middletown Delaware, he began investigating in 2007. He got knowledge of investigation while working as a contractor and investing in old homes and buildings.
A few years later, he founded his team, “Breaking Paranormal,” which led investigations of several private residences and historic locations such as the House of Wills, Anderson Hotel, Eastern State Penitentiary, Haldeman Mansion and more.
He joined the Ghost Hunter in 2016. Also, he is well known for hosting a popular podcast called “American Ghost Hunter” show that started in 2016. When he is not investigating ghosts, he is a contractor. There is no info of his personal life like about his love life and marriage.
According to Comic Book, he has a son whom he lost in 2016. Further, his net worth is still under the radar. However, it is safe to say that Daryl makes pretty impressive bucks from his profession as a paranormal investigator and contractor as well.
Brandon Alvis Net Worth & Bio
Ghost Hunters cast Brandon Alvis has always been fascinated with history and has spoken at historical locations across the nation. Additionally, he has been interested in paranormal after tragically losing his two brothers, one to cancer, and another to suicide. Later with friends, he founded his own team, “American Paranormal Research Association.”
To date, he has investigated more than 200 public and private location with his team. He investigates in haunted places such as hospitals, prisons, private homes, and Alcatraz Island, and many more. His passion led him to work in Ghost Hunters along with Grant Wilson.
According to his website, Brandon seeks to “cold hard facts, to prove or disprove.” He makes most of his money from his profession and extra from the Ghost Hunters. However, his net worth is not disclosed to the yet. We can assume that he has not less than a million net worth .
Mustafa Gatollari Net Worth & Bio
Mustafa Gatollari is a paranormal historian and a site analyst of the Ghost Hunters. From the past ten years, he has investigated along with his New Jersey team in the supernatural field. To date, Mustafa has investigated over 80. However, his focus is on investigating private homes and helping ordinary people.
He investigates in numerous places such as abandon factories, shopping centers, and several locations in the USA.
Furthermore, Mustafa is a writer. He writes investigation journals for Distractify. Brandon is a married man and the father of two children. Alvis’ makes thousands of dollars salary for his career as well as from the show.
Brian Murray Net Worth & Bio
As a paranormal investigator, Brian Murray uses his military-experienced to each investigation from creating a plan to assigning tasks to overseeing the mission from the beginning to the end. He has conducted over 200 investigations, many of then in private homes, and even founded his team called ‘Riverbend Paranormal’ in 2007.
Before his appearance on television, he served for the US military for[several years. When he’s not investigating the supernatural, Brian works as a construction. He has a good knowledge of buildings and plumbing. Brian is a married man, but he has not revealed the name of his wife and kids on the media. He often posts pictures with his wife and kids on his social media. Moreover, Brian Murray’s net worth is not available.
Richel Stratton Net Worth & Bio
Richel Stratton is a paranormal investigator and a dental hygienist. She joined the Ghost Hunters team two years ago in Illinois. She has been ghost hunting for a decade and investigated in public and private sectors, including the Mineral Springs Hotel and psychiatric hospital Ashmore Estates.
Richel tied the knot with her husband Chris and a mother of two adorable kids. She is a skeptic and believes that after death, there is a life called spirit. When she is not on set, she works as a dental hygienist. Also, she loves spending time with her family.
Richel’s net worth and salary are not are unknown. She has a lot of experience in this field and makes a fortune through the show as well as a dental hygiene
Is Ghost Hunters Fake or Real?
Since its premiere, the show has garnered millions of views. Most of the viewers wonder that those ghost hunting shows are not real. But those who are believer and skeptic that said it not fake. The first thing is that the show is unscripted. The show was narrated by the cast, including Mike Rowe, Andy Geller, Jason Hawes, and Grant Wilson.
On the other side, why people called the show is fake? Ghost hunters helped normalize the paranormal experience for many people. The on-screen investigators can use the different technical skills that detect changes in the haunted locations and made people believed the presence of spirits.
Who left the Ghost Hunter?
It has been three years since the show Ghost Hunters wrapped up after the 12 seasons. Throughout these seasons, many cast members left the show while some are back for more paranormal investigations.
Ghost Hunters’ leader Grant Wilson who left the show in 2012. But now, he is making his return for the new season along with newcomers. On the other hand, his castmate Jason Hawes who has been in the show from the beginning to season 12. Along with Jason other, two cast members Steve and Dave Tango, left the show to start his show.
Jason teamed up with former Ghost Hunters star Steve Gonsalves to work on the new paranormal show that competed Grant Wilson. They are working on a show called “Ghost Nation.” Ghost Nation is formed by Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves, and Dave Tango.
The other cast members who left the Ghost Hunters in 2016 include K.J, McCormick, Dustin Pari, Brian Harnois, Samatha Hawes, Traci Boiselle, Shari Ventura, and Joshu Ovenshire.
Canceled or New Season?
Is Ghost Hunters ending? It sounds likes the show is canceled after season 12 because all the cast members decided not to appear in the next season. For more than a decade, former investigator and his team worked to find proof of the supernatural on Ghost Hunters. The show came to an end after 12 years in 2016.
Caption: Ghost Hunters’ New Season trailer
Grant Wilson teamed up with new cast members for season 13. Ghost Hunters will be premiered in 2020 on FYI Network that is owned by A&E. The show spanned eleven seasons with 230 episodes on Syfy.
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Grant S. Wilson leads the charge of Ghost Hunters and has been actively involved in all types of paranormal investigations since his first intense encounter with the supernatural at age 15. He has paved the way for much of the modern field through his work with The Atlantic Paranormal Society (T.A.P.S), a group he co-founded nearly 30 years ago. Grant’s uniquely tempered approach to the discipline helped capture the world’s attention on Ghost Hunters and Ghost Hunters International, both of which produced. He has spoken to hundreds of thousands of people and impacted millions more worldwide with his extensive knowledge and down-to-earth technique.
Grant has been featured on a number of popular programs, including Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The View, Good Morning America, The Today Show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, Destination Truth , and many more. He is the author of six books on the subject of the paranormal, one of which is a New York Times Best Seller. He is an avid composer of piano music with two albums to date: “1.618” and “Liquid Earth.” When he isn’t helping people cope with the supernatural, Grant is traveling the world or enjoying time at home with his three sons and wife Reanna, with whom he has completed hundreds of paranormal investigations during their 22 year marriage.
Fans can stay up to date with Grant via: YouTube: YouTube.com/TheGrantWilson Twitter: @GrantSWilson Instagram: @GrantSWilson Facebook: @RealGrantWilson
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Ghost Hunters Cast: Is It Fake or Real?
Ghost Hunters is a paranormal reality show that originally aired on the Syfy channel from 2004 to 2016. After its original run ended, A&E revived the show in 2019 and is currently available to stream on Discovery+.
What is Ghost Hunters About?
Ghost Hunters starred Grant Wilson and Jason Hawes, plumbers by day and paranormal investigators by night, the founding members of The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS). Hawes and Wilson, along with their team at TAPS, visit allegedly haunted locations across the country and employ electronic gadgets to detect a supernatural presence.
Ghost Hunters premiered on the Syfy channel on October 6, 2004. Its original run lasted eleven seasons, with its final episode airing on October 26, 2016. After a three-year hiatus, the A&E network commissioned the show for renewal, this time starring only Grant Wilson. The revived Ghost Hunters premiered on August 21, 2019, and ran for two seasons, ending its run on May 27, 2020.
Ghost Hunters is the pioneer of the paranormal reality show genre. The show influenced three direct spin-off series: Ghost Hunters International, UFO Hunters, and Ghost Hunters Academy.
Is Ghost Hunters Canceled or Renewed for a New Season?
Ghost Hunters is currently in its fourteenth season, and fans are anxious whether the popular show will return for a fifteenth season.
In October 2020, Grant Wilson, the only remaining cast member from the show’s original run, revealed that Ghost Hunters would not be returning for a third season on A&E.
However, in May 2021, Discovery+ commissioned a new season of Ghost Hunters featuring an entirely new lineup. Gone is Grant Wilson, only to be replaced by his original Ghost Hunters castmates Jason Hawes and Dave Tango. They will be joined by Steve Gonsalves and Shari DeBenedetti, both of whom starred in Ghost Nation.
Despite the groundbreaking news about its renewal, Discovery+ has not confirmed a release date for the fifteenth season.
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1. jason hawes (2004 – 2016; 2021- present).
Jason Hawes is the co-founder of TAPS (The Atlantic Paranormal Society) with his fellow plumber buddy Grant Wilson. As such, he is one of the two main characters who starred in Ghost Hunters since its inception in 2004.
Hawes starred in the show throughout its original Syfy channel run. However, he did not return for the revived series on the A&E network.
Hawes has appeared in more episodes than anyone in the show’s history, even Grant Wilson. He has appeared in 232 episodes in total. As he is set to return for the show’s upcoming fifteenth season, his appearances will only rack up.
2. Grant Wilson (2004 – 2012; 2014; 2019 – 2020)
Grant Wilson is the other half of the TAPS founding duo. Alongside Jason Hawes, Grant Wilson was one of the most pivotal characters on Ghost Hunters. He was a regular for the first eight seasons of the show. However, he left in the ninth season to pursue his personal interests. His only association with Ghost Hunters was a guest appearance on the 200th episode during the ninth season.
Grant Wilson returned for the revived A&E series in 2019. He became the central character of the show during its two subsequent seasons. Wilson confirmed that he would not be joining the show on its fifteenth season.
In total, Grant Wilson has appeared in 186 episodes of Ghost Hunters.
3. Steve Gonsalves (2004 – 2016; 2021- Present)
Other than Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson, the person perhaps most synonymous with Ghost Hunters is Steve Gonsalves. He is a paranormal investigator for The Atlantic Paranormal Society and appeared as the cast member on the original Ghost Hunters run on Syfy from 2004 to 2016.
Gonsalves did not return for the A&E revival series of 2019-20 but is confirmed for the upcoming fifteenth season. He ranks behind only Jason Hawes in the total number of appearances, with an accumulated 194 episodes in which he has been credited. Besides that, Gonsalves has also starred in spin-off series like Ghost Hunters International and Ghost Hunters Academy.
4. Dave Tango (2005 – 2016; 2021-present)
Dave Tango was an investigator and tech manager during the original run of Ghost Hunters on the Syfy channel. Tango’s first appearance on the show came in the eighth episode of the second season and appeared regularly throughout the rest of its eleven-season run on Syfy.
Subsequently, Dave continued to stick to his guns and joined the cast of several paranormal shows like Destination Truth, Ghost Hunters Academy, and Ghost Nation.
After a five-year hiatus, Dave Tango will return to Ghost Hunters in the upcoming fifteenth season. In total, Dave Tango has appeared in 177 episodes of Ghost Hunters.
5. Amy Bruni (2008 – 2014)
Amy Bruni was a paranormal investigator on Ghost Hunters from 2008 to 2014. She made her debut in the episode “USS Hornet” of the fourth season and her final appearance in the episode “A Textbook Case,” of the ninth season.
Between the two episodes, Amy Bruni managed to appear in 119 episodes in total — the most of any other female cast member in Ghost Hunters history.
Since leaving Ghost Hunters, Bruni has found success in another paranormal reality show, Kindred Spirits on Destination America and TLC, as both a star and producer.
6. Shari DeBenedetti (2016; 2021 – Present)
Shari DeBenedetti is one of four investigators, including Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves, and Dave Tango confirmed for the upcoming fifteenth season of Ghost Hunters. Of the announced names, DeBenedetti is the only female cast member confirmed for the fifteenth season.
Shari previously appeared recurringly on the tenth and eleventh seasons of Ghost Hunters. Her first appearance came in the episode “Innocent Until Proven Dead” of the tenth season. Subsequently, she made her final appearance in the episode “Manor of Mystery,” in the middle of season 11.
To date, Shari has appeared in a total of 14 episodes of Ghost Hunters.
7. Britt Griffith (2008 – 2014)
Britt Griffith was an investigator as part of The Atlantic Paranormal Society on Ghost Hunters from 2008 to 2014. His first appearance came in the episode “Wright-Patterson Air Force Base” of the fourth season. Furthermore, his final appearance came in the ninth season of Ghost Hunters in what was the show’s 200th episode.
Since leaving Ghost Hunters, Griffith has worked as an actor, producer, and digital technician on a number of horror/paranormal films, TV shows, and documentaries.
Besides that, Griffith also appeared in a slew of episodes on the Ghost Hunters spin-off series Ghost Hunters International in 2011.
To date, Britt Griffith has appeared in 103 episodes of Ghost Hunters.
8. Kris Williams (2007 – 2011)
Kris Williams was a case manager and paranormal investigator on Ghost Hunters from 2007 to 2011. During that time, she racked up appearances in a total of 83 episodes.
Williams’ first appearance came in the 13th episode of the third season, titled “Lost Souls.” Eventually, she left Ghost Hunters to star as a lead investigator in the spin-off series, Ghost Hunters International. Her final appearance came in the penultimate episode of the sixth season, titled “Taps Meets the Real Housewives of Atlanta.”
Furthermore, Williams also guest-starred in a handful of episodes of another Syfy paranormal series, Destination Truth, from 2010 to 2011.
9. Adam Berry (2010 – 2014)
Adam Berry was a cadet-in-training in the second season of Ghost Hunters Academy. He was the only cadet to graduate from the second season and the first in the show’s history to make it into the main Ghost Hunters show.
Subsequently, Mr. Berry made his debut in the Halloween 2010 specials and his official debut in the episode “Empire State Haunt” during the sixth season. He went on to appear throughout the next three seasons, with the ninth season being his last. Adam’s final appearance came in the season nine finale episode, titled “A Textbook Case.” However, he also appeared in the 200th episode special.
In total, Adam Berry has appeared in 82 episodes of Ghost Hunters.
10. K.J. McCormick (2010 – 2016)
K.J. McCormick worked for four years as a paranormal investigator on Ghost Hunters. As an on-screen presence, McCormick appeared in a total of 64 episodes of Ghost Hunters. His first appearance came in the ninth episode of season six, titled “Spirits of the Night.” Eventually, he appeared in his final episode in the eleventh season, titled “Manor of Mystery.”
According to IMDb, K.J. McCormick has appeared in a total of 64 episodes of Ghost Hunters.
Besides his on-screen role, McCormick also worked behind the scenes as a digital technician during the eleventh season.
11. Dustin Pari (2005 – 2010; 2014; 2015 – 2016)
Dustin Pari is an accomplished paranormal investigator whose work can be seen in shows like Destination Truth, Ghost Nation, and Ghost Hunters International. However, he is most known for his work in Ghost Hunters.
Dustin was a lead character from 2005 to 2010, spanning the show’s second to sixth seasons. He left after season six to pursue personal interests, including other paranormal TV shows. However, he returned for a reunion during the show’s 200th episode.
The following year, Pari became a regular on Ghost Hunters’ tenth season and continued that run through the eleventh season. When Ghost Hunters moved to A&E, Dustin chose not to return.
He is credited with appearing in 53 episodes in total on Ghost Hunters.
12. Brian Harnois (2004 – 2007)
Brian Harnois was a tech manager and supernatural investigator on the first three seasons of Ghost Hunters. From 2004 to 2007, Brian appeared in 38 episodes in total.
His first official appearance came in the pilot episode of Ghost Hunters, titled “Altoona, PA (1).” He went on to appear semi-regularly throughout the first three seasons and had his final appearance in the 17th episode of season three, titled “Salem.”
Harnois left Ghost Hunters when he was offered a prominent role in the spin-off series Ghost Hunters International. He became the resident tech manager on the show throughout its three-season run.
13. Donna LaCroix (2004 – 2007)
Donna LaCroix was a case manager and paranormal investigator during the first three seasons of Ghost Hunters. Ms. LaCroix made her debut in the pilot episode and made her final appearance in the episode “Salem” of the third season. To date, Donna has appeared in a total of 35 episodes of Ghost Hunters.
Donna subsequently moved to the spin-off series Ghost Hunters International and stayed for its first two seasons before leaving the franchise for good. Donna’s exit from Ghost Hunters caused a major controversy, especially when she revealed damning backstage ethics and practices of her former cast members.
14. Samantha Hawes (2014 – 2016)
Samantha Hawes is the daughter of Jason Hawes , paranormal investigator extraordinaire and co-founder of The Atlantic Paranormal Society.
Considering her father’s obsession with the supernatural, Sam unsurprisingly also became a paranormal investigator. She joined the cast of Ghost Hunters in 2014, during the tail end of the show’s ninth season.
Subsequently, Hawes appeared semi-regularly for the next two seasons before departing after the episode “Manor of Mystery” in the eleventh season. Sam appeared in a total of 25 episodes of Ghost Hunters.
15. Kristen Luman (2015 – 2020)
Kristen Luman was a paranormal investigator on Ghost Hunters from 2015 to 2020. She joined the cast as a guest investigator in the premiere episode of season 15, titled “Barrels of Boos.” Luman went on to appear in two more episodes of the fifteenth season as a guest.
Subsequently, Luman became the co-lead investigator, opposite Grant Wilson, when the series was revived and moved to A&E in 2019. Luman and Grant helmed the two subsequent seasons on A&E.
Luman has not expressed any desire to appear in the upcoming fifteenth season. She appeared in a total of 24 episodes of the show.
Is Ghost Hunters Real or Fake?
As with any show that deals with the metaphysical, questions are bound to arise about its authenticity. The show Ghost Hunters has endured its fair share of detractors and skeptics. Based on reports from multiple sites, Ghost Hunters is varying degrees of fake. Some websites like Ranker.com have called the show “More Fiction Than Fact,” while Grunge.com has outright called Ghost Hunters “Totally Fake.”
Grunge.com, who went in hard on Ghost Hunters in their 2016 piece, put forward evidence disproving aspects of the show. One common point of contention among critics is how Ghost Hunters claim to be the first to investigate a haunted location when more often than not, it is not the case. It is rare for an allegedly haunted place to be pristine and not crawling with paranormal investigators or stupid teenagers.
Is the Show Scripted?
Furthermore, reality shows like Ghost Hunters pride themselves on being totally unscripted, with the dialog and drama forming organically. However, they were caught in their lie when an alleged script leaked online from one of their episodes. While several of the cast members claimed the scripts were fake, it still chipped away at the show’s credibility.
One of the most damning indictments of Ghost Hunters was former cast member Donna LaCroix’s departure. Donna, who worked on the show for five years as a case manager, revealed backstage details that painted the show in a bad light.
The show Ghost Hunters also has no love lost in the real-life parapsychologist community. They continuously receive hate from people who have dedicated their lives to paranormal research. The experts have called the TAPS out for fearmongering and fabricating drama for fame.
Additionally, ScreenRant.com published an exposé on their site in early 2018, revealing behind-the-scenes secrets and drama that threaten the integrity of the show and its cast members. Among other things, the piece covered plagiarism accusations, mental abuse, lies, and fabricating suspense.
Hence, the evidence overwhelmingly points to the show not being what it is advertised as — a reality show. There is strong evidence that even if Ghost Hunters is not entirely fabricated, certain aspects of the show are.
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Steve Gonsalves Will Not Be Featured on the 'Ghost Hunters' Reboot ... He's Busy Filming Another Paranormal Show
What happened to 'Ghost Hunters' investigator Steve Gonsalves? Here's why he will not be featured on the A&E reboot series.
Apr. 26 2020, Updated 9:54 p.m. ET
The beloved show Ghost Hunters has officially been resurrected. A&E Network made the decision to revive the SYFY series as part of a push toward more paranormal programming. “Paranormal worked really well for us in the past,” executive VP and head of programming of A&E Network, Elaine Frontain Bryant, told The Hollywood Reporter .
Adding, “It feels like it’s a time in the country where there’s a trend for people to be spiritual without being overly religious. I think paranormal programming can feed that, while being entertainment-forward.” The long-running show will center on OG cast member Grant Wilson and his new team of professional ghost hunters as they search for the truth behind unexplained phenomenons. “I don't chase ghosts,” Grant states in the show’s trailer. “I chase the truth."
While Ghost Hunters is ready to scare people with new episodes this August, many die-hard fans question what happened to the original team, like Steve Gonsalves .
What happened to OG Ghost Hunters star Steve Gonsalves?
Yes, paranormal investigator Steve is still chasing ghosts. And, he’s actually going to be competing against his former co-star Grant’s new show. According to his social media , the television personality is currently working on a Travel Channel show called Ghost Nation .
“The trio formerly of Ghost Hunters (Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves, and Dave Tango) return to television by popular demand for all-new explorations of the other side,” read a statement about the new series on Steve’s Instagram. Additionally, “[the team] will attempt to uncover paranormal evidence like never before, while also debunking false claims. But on these bigger and bolder investigations, the team also will endeavor to track down the true source of hauntings and restore peace and order among the living … and the dead.”
The Massachusetts native is currently in the midst of filming the new Travel Channel series. On June 12, he tweeted a picture of their camera crew capturing footage for the upcoming fall series.
Aside from working on Ghost Nation , Steve participates in a lot of meet-and-greets and fan events. He travels across the United States appearing at different paranormal conventions and ghost hunting events.
Meet the cast of the new Ghost Hunters reboot.
With the former Ghost Hunters stars filming a new paranormal series, a whole different team of experts were called in for the A&E reboot. Leading 230 episodes worth of investigations, Grant will continue to use his paranormal expertise to search for the truth behind the unexplainable.
Other team members include: Daryl Marston (co-lead investigator), Kristin Luman (paranormal researcher), Brandon Alvis (paranormal technician), Mustafa Gatollari (historian), and investigators Brian Murray and Richel Stratton. Fans of the 2000's series were excited to learn about the show's reboot. "So happy to see Grant is back! He has such a calmness about him that I enjoy over the more excitable type Ghost Hunters ! Can’t wait," tweeted one fan. Another wrote, "Just gotta say again, I'm so excited that y'all r back. Ghost Hunters was and still is my fav show. I never missed an episode then, and I sure as heck won't be missing an episode now!!
Catch the hauntingly good show Ghost Hunters premiering August 21 at 9 p.m. on A&E.
Another wrote, "Just gotta say again, I'm so excited that y'all r back. Ghost Hunters was and still is my fav show. I never missed an episode then, and I sure as heck won't be missing an episode now!!"
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Legendary TAPS members reexamine their most difficult cases and explore new haunted locations. Featuring former members Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves, Dave Tango, and Shari DeBenedetti.
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In a new Hulu series, five fabulous ghost hunters are truly 'Living for the Dead'
Thanks to reality shows like the long-running “Ghost Hunters” series, which aired its 16th season this year, paranormal work has had a particularly heteronormative image for the last few decades. But the new, cheekily named Hulu series “Living for the Dead” — which is narrated and executive produced by Kristen Stewart — is serving up supernatural storytelling with a different kind of hair-raising look, courtesy of its five fabulous ghost-hunting stars.
Emmy-winning “Queer Eye” producer Rob Eric, who serves as an executive producer on “Living for the Dead,” recalled initially being approached about the idea.
“A call was made to us that said Kristen Stewart wanted to talk about a show idea, and she got on and said, ‘Wouldn’t it be fun if we could do something different, like gay ghost hunters?’ And we were like, ‘Gay ‘Scooby-Doo’?! We’re in,’” Eric said during a junket with the cast, ahead of the full season release Wednesday.
In the series, the queer ghost hunters take a road trip across the country, hitting the scenic highways of the American Southwest and weaving their way up to the Great Lakes region, to make overnight visits at eight allegedly haunted locations. Armed with an array of skills — including psychic sense, witchy ways and equipment expertise — the paranormal professionals give the spaces a kind of spiritual glow up by communing with the ghosts that haunt their dwellings and the living that inhabit them.
Some of the locations, like a sprawling former sanatorium in Kentucky called Waverly Hills and the Lemp Mansion in St. Louis, are apparently well known in the paranormal community. But others, like a modern Arizona mansion with a cagey young owner and a Las Vegas strip club overseen by a protective matriarch, are more off the ghost-hunting grid. But they’re all, according to the show’s stars, verifiably infested with otherworldly beings.
“Honey, there were no duds! They made sure where they sent us was haunted as can be,” Logan Taylor, the show’s resident psychic, said. “I remember, by the very end of it, I would go to bed at night just completely used to hearing screaming — blood-curdling screaming as I’m trying to sleep.”
Alex LeMay, the group’s tech guru, agreed.
“They were very, very, very haunted and very active, and it never stopped, even when the cameras weren’t rolling,” LeMay said, citing eerie disturbances like things being thrown in the middle of the night. “I think it would turn any skeptic into a believer, just staying one night at some of the places we investigated.”
Like the rest of the group — which is rounded out by Juju Bae, a self-described witch, and Ken Boggle, a tarot card specialist — researcher Roz Hernandez has worked in the paranormal field for years. But she said that staying put in the locations overnight proved challenging between all the foot tickling and other invasive activity going on in the wee hours.
“The ghosts did not clock out because the cameras weren’t rolling. They were there to play with our toes or do whatever they wanted to do, and I hated it,” she said in response to her castmates teasing her about trying to sneak away to hotels in the middle of the night.
She said she’s been watching ghost-hunting shows for years and has “given them a lot of side-eye,” but now she can better relate to how unnerving visiting a series of well-researched, spooky spaces can be.
“I’ve been, like, ‘Come on, you mean to tell me, every place you go, there’s stuff happening?’ But it is sort of like a casting process. We have to make sure that these are places that truly are in need of an investigation, and they did not disappoint — any of them,” she said.
Though the group reportedly had a bevy of unsettling supernatural encounters during filming, their run-ins with the living residents of the haunted locations were much more to their liking. In several episodes, the “ghost hunties” — to borrow the series’ promo language — even take a break from engaging with spirits to have cocktails and a spooky kiki with the locals. During these rendezvous, the experts didn’t encounter much skepticism from their new friends, especially given that most of them had ghost stories of their own. But the out-of-towners were aware of not fitting the typical ghost-hunting mold.
“Listen, some of us prance into town with 6-inch heels on,” Hernandez said. “So you might be like, ‘What are these people going to achieve here?’ But we actually know what we’re doing, as much as you can when you’re talking about things that are unknown.”
To find the right people to represent the LGBTQ contingent of ghost hunters — which is smaller than one might think, according to Hernandez — the show’s producers used a casting approach they developed for the original “Queer Eye,” which premiered in 2003. Essentially, after whittling down thousands of applications to a smaller collection of finalists, they brought the top contenders to Los Angeles to watch how they interacted with each other off-camera and to test out their skills.
“One of the most important things about casting is to not always be in the casting, but to rather step back a little bit from it and see who’s talking to each other when they’re not on camera — who’s vibing,” Eric said.
Once the in-person casting began, the producer added, he and the rest of the team could see their group of stars beginning to form, and then, during one-on-ones when the interviewees were asked to show off their ghost-hunting talents, their final five pulled away from the pack. While Bae was eliciting gasps from one part of the room, Boggle gave Eric a “terrifyingly accurate” tarot card reading. And in a more secluded space, Taylor channeled the deceased father of Eric’s co-producer, “Queer Eye” creator David Collins, recalling a private moment between father and son.
“David came out of a room crying — couldn’t stop crying, and we’re like, ‘Yeah, this is the team. We did it,’” Eric said. “You can see it. They come together so beautifully in the show. It just feels like they’ve known each other forever, and, who knows, maybe in past lives, they did.”
Without the benefit of a live demonstration, some viewers may have a harder time believing in the experts’ skills — and buying into the series as a whole, which takes its supernatural encounters very seriously. Though, Eric and his co-producers attempt to bridge that gap by showing the cast performing the practical aspects of ghost hunting, much like the stars of “Queer Eye” tackle the various elements of a makeover.
“If we just had you assume that this is what Juju does to get rid of spirits, and we don’t tell you what that is, or what Ken does to contact spirits, you wouldn’t believe them. If you didn’t see JVN cutting hair, and we just showed you the final product, you’d be, like, ‘Well, wait a minute, who cut the hair?’” Eric said, referring to “Queer Eye” grooming expert Jonathan Van Ness.
Eric acknowledged that a reality series about “the woo woo,” as Bae and some of the cast amiably described paranormal work, may not be everyone’s cup of tea. But he also said that seeing people commune with ghosts isn’t entirely the point. Instead, like their “Queer Eye” counterparts, it’s witnessing the experts’ particular brand of empathy — not to mention their obvious fabulousness.
“The paranormal can be very divisive in terms of, ‘Oh, I don’t watch that, because it’s paranormal,’ or, ‘I watch it because it is paranormal.’ This show you should watch because the characters are so interesting,” Eric said.
Elaina Patton is a freelance entertainment and culture writer.
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The cast of ‘living for the dead’ have their own ghost stories.
Ghost stories are getting new life in the upcoming Hulu series “Living for the Dead.”
Executive produced by Kristen Stewart and the creators of “Queer Eye,” the show features five LGBTQ+ ghost hunters, each with their own unique talent, traveling the country to investigate the paranormal.
According to the official synopsis from Hulu, the show aims to “explore some of the world’s most infamous haunted locations,” and “shed light on those not seen.”
Rob Eric, one of the shows producers, recently spoke with CNN about how Stewart came to them with the idea.
“We got a phone call from our agents that Kristen wanted to meet on a project and we were like, yeah, it’s Kristen Stewart, so then she got on and told us that she had this idea that what would it be like to have a ghost-hunting show that had an LGBTQ cast,” Eric said. “And we are the ‘Queer Eye’ guys. We know the way that our community sort of sees things is different than other communities and we’ve never seen this before and wouldn’t that be interesting.”
Eric said they met with Stewart, created a format, then set out to cast the show. They landed on ghost hunters Alex Le May, Juju Bae, Ken Boggle, Logan Taylor, and Roz Hernandez, who each have paranormal specialties.
Boggle, who is a medium and tarot cards expert, told CNN his most terrifying moment filming happened while they were investigating strange activity at The Clown Motel in Nevada, featured in one of the episodes.
“I am terrified of clowns and so my teammates, my friends, decided that we would go to this Clown Motel and that they would put me blindfolded in a room of clowns in the dark,” he said.
Bae, a witch, said she developed her intuitive strengths with practice.
“I actually developed this in my adulthood. Like, I wasn’t a kid talking to spirits or really into the woo woo at all. This is something that I was intentional about,” she said.
While filming, Bae said she got physically scratched by a spirit in Arizona.
“I go to sleep, I wake up and there’s just three scratches down my neck into my chest,” she recalled.
Taylor, who describes himself as “the psychic of the group,” told CNN he also had physical encounters with ghosts.
“There were places that I got my hair pulled,” Taylor said of filming the series. “There was actually a moment where I kind of got grabbed. I’m used to seeing them [ghosts], hearing them, but when they start touching me, it was scary. I’m telling you, it would make any skeptic a believer.”
Hernandez, who was cast due to the success of their paranormal comedy podcast, “Ghosted,” owns up to being ghost “obsessed.”
“I feel like the luckiest fan of these shows ever,” Hernandez told CNN. “Now I get to be in one and sort of be a little skeptical and try to get down to the bottom of what’s going on there.”
Le May, a “paranormal investigator,” was excited about analyzing supernatural incidents and sharing their findings.
“The scariest scene for me was when I crawled into where they kept the bodies in a morgue by myself and had a lovely conversation with a malevolent spirit,” Le May recalled. “But I really, really ate it up. I thought it was a blast, and I got so much good evidence out of that.”
Of the naysayers, Le May said “for people who are skeptics, I tell them to book a night at The Clown Motel and stay in room 111.”
“Living for the Dead” streams on Hulu starting Oct 18.
Scariest Episodes Of Paranormal TV Series, Ranked
Posted: October 25, 2023 | Last updated: October 25, 2023
Ghosts , ghouls, monsters, and all things that go bump in the night. If there is one experience all humans share, it's fear, especially of the unknown. Perhaps that is why so many people find themselves drawn to ghost stories, and why ghost hunting and other paranormal or cryptic research shows have always had a prominent, if somewhat niche, audience.
Among these many shows, which can often vary in their quality, lie some true gems of horror. Capturing unbelievable evidence or with moments that send chills down the spines of viewers, these episodes are the scariest that paranormal television has to offer.
"Waverly Hills Sanatorium"
The Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky is claimed by eyewitnesses to be one of the most haunted locations in the United States, if not the world. Many other ghost-hunting crews both on and off television, have visited the Sanatorium, but when the Ghost Hunters team investigated they captured some incredible evidence, even returning for a follow-up investigation years later.
The spirits of the abandoned hospital did not disappoint, and the team experienced inexplicable changes in temperature, recorded voices they didn't hear (so-called Electronic Voice Phenomenon or EVP), and most chilling of all, captured and saw what appeared to be multiple full-body apparitions on their thermal cameras.
"Castle Of The Damned"
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Investigating what is purported to be one of the most haunted locations in all of Europe, the Ghost Hunters International team visits Charleville Castle in Tullamore, Ireland. The castle is claimed to be the home of the spirit of a young girl named Harriet who died after falling down one of the castle's many staircases.
The team wasn't able to conclusively prove the building was haunted but did have multiple unexplained encounters. They captured EVP of what sounded like a child's voice as well as footage of a door opening on its own, all enhanced by the creepy emptiness of this old castle.
Fascinated by reports of the discovery of a tiny humanoid skeleton, Josh Gates and his team traveled to the deserts of Chile for an out-of-this-world investigation. Arriving at an ancient mine, although no one from the team is abducted by aliens , they do capture a lot of strange evidence.
From rocks being thrown at them to unexplainable orbs of light and strange sounds coming from a turned-off parabolic dish, the team had their fair share of close encounters. But their most perplexing find was the discovery of a rotting corpse, buried in the mine and wrapped in fabric, with strange-looking feet and with its head and hands removed, which multiple experts were unable to confidently identify.
"Island Of The Dolls"
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The "Island of the Dolls", located in the canals south of Mexico City is an infamously creepy location, where the aging caretaker hung hundreds of dolls across his tiny island in an effort to appease the restless spirit of a young girl who had drowned in the waters surrounding the island. Before and especially after his death, these dolls were reported to have become charged with paranormal energy, able to move and speak on their own.
Zak and his team come to investigate this tiny island, and bring along with them one of the most purportedly haunted dolls in the world, Harold the Doll, in an effort to draw out the spirits. This apparently worked, as the team captured multiple moving shadows, unexplained voices, and even thermal evidence of Harold changing temperature, suggesting there may be a presence on the island after all.
"The Real Conjuring"
This episode tells the true story behind one of the greatest modern horror films and shows just how much scarier the ghost was in reality . The Perron family of Harrisville, Rhode Island recount the horrifying tale of being haunted by a ghost that paranormal investigators and self-proclaimed clairvoyant Ed and Lorraine Warren claimed to be the spirit of a witch named Bathsheba.
There is a surprising amount of overlap with the Conjuring film, showing just how dedicated the cast and crew were. Still, seeing a recreation of these events as the family themselves described it, seeing unexplained cuts form, the sounds coming from nowhere, and the doors being opened and sometimes closing and trapping others within on their own is a different kind of terror.
"Ghosts Of Chernobyl"
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In a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Team Truth managed to secure permission from the Ukrainian government to explore the contaminated town of Pripyat, site of the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster. Hoping to find answers to the reports of unexplained sightings in and around the abandoned city, they interviewed former residents and some of the skeleton crew who work in the contaminated zone.
Arriving in sight of the destroyed fourth reactor tower just as the sun set, the team donned their protective gear and night-vision cameras for a truly disturbing night. Multiple times, the team caught images of human figures on their thermal cameras, and at one point, even captured footage of a ghost seemingly pulling on investigator Jael DePardo's arm. Curiously, almost all of these incidents were followed by spikes in radioactivity. Could the radiation explain all this? Possibly. Or is it possible that Pripyat truly is a ghost town?
"Bobby Mackey’s Music World"
The pilot episode of Ghost Adventures is a terrifying one. Investigating Bobby Mackey's Music World, an old club with a history of death and tragedy, Zak Bagans and his friends Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin arrive in Wilder, Kentucky intent on capturing proof of life after death, and they are not disappointed.
Throughout their night locked within the club, the team captures multiple orbs of light and moving shadows, as well as chilling EVP's, but most disturbing of all is when Zak complains of a burning itch on his back. Taking off his shirt to show Nick and Aaron, three parallel red scratch marks appear on his back, which the team claims to be a sign of demonic activity.
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The Hoia-Baicu Forest of northwestern Romania is purportedly one of the most haunted locations in the world, and an uptick in reports of strange lights and noises emanating from the forest at night draws the attention of Team Truth. Setting off on an adventure that takes them through the historic countryside of Transylvania, they have one of their most bizarre investigations yet.
An attempt to recon the forest by air, searching for the infamous circular clearing that is claimed to be a hotspot of activity, sudden winds rip the roof of their plane off. Once entering the forest at nightfall, they capture multiple unexplained lights that seem to lead them on a wild goose chase through the forest. Once they finally find the circle, an EVP session by cameraman Evan Stone ends with him being thrown from a sitting position by an unseen force that also leaves him with scratches under his undamaged clothing.
The building that inspired the truly classic horror film The Shining , the Stanley Hotel is the ultimate haunted house , and as such has been investigated dozens if not hundreds of times, but the Ghost Hunters not only captured some of their best evidence here, they also had some intense spooks. After interviewing guests and employees, the team begins their investigation, and they are not disappointed.
Things truly do go bump in the night, with Jason Hawes being woken in the middle of the night to his closet door opening on its own, and even creepier, the glass on his bedside table was broken by an unknown force. The team also captures strange noises, and the tension in this investigation is worthy of Kubrick's horror masterpiece.
The island of Poveglia in the waters surrounding Venice, Italy is a decrepit, abandoned place, and apparently, also an incredibly haunted one. Taking their lockdowns to a new level, Zak and his friends are left alone on the island, entirely cut off from the mainland as they investigate this former plague quarantine site, and its decaying church, hospital, and asylum.
Throughout the night, the team captures multiple EVPs, moving shadows, and unexplained noises. However, âââââââthe truly chilling moment is when Zak begins acting strange and aggressive, claiming to have been possessed by a demon . This is one of the team's most famous investigations, and the experience left Zak, no pun intended, haunted.
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The great perennial “The Canterville Ghost” based on a serialized 1887 short story by Oscar Wilde is back in the form of a “Downton Abbey”-esque, animated tale of an American family traveling from Boston to England and finding itself in a manor house haunted by a 300-year-old ghost. The film is notable for reuniting Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie of “Jeeves and Wooster” fame. Fry, giving his vocal instrument a Boris Karloff-twist, voices the ghost Sir Simon de Canterville, who was bricked up in a portion of the house and left to die three centuries earlier.
Upon her arrival, Virginia Otis (an excellent Emily Carey of “House of the Dragon”), whose scientist father Hiram (David Harewood) calls her “Pumpkin,” comes across a history of “Canterville Chase” text and digs in. Her father wants to install modern electricity in the old manor. Her mischievous younger brothers Louis and Kent (a delightful Jakey Schiff and Bennett Miller) seek hijinks wherever they can find it. Virginia’s mother Lucretia Otis (Meera Syal) wants very much to fit in with local society and plans a dinner party.
Portraits of terrified previous owners of Canterville Chase adorn the walls in a very Harry Potter sort of way. We hear of a prophecy concerning a massive, dead almond tree. Before long, we meet the spectral Sir Simon in chains and spooking up a storm. Unfortunately, Sir Simon, who likes to quote Shakespeare, does not scare the Otises very much. Virginia almost ignores him. The boys play football (American-style) with his head. Sir Simon, who disappears in puffs of smoke, is decked out in green tights, blue boxers, a gold tunic and a big, ruffled collar. He wants to know why Virginia wears “breeches.” She explains that they are “riding breeches” and promptly rides out to meets her rather hapless love interest Henry Fitz Humphreys, the Duke of Cheshire (a fun Freddie Highmore). Eventually, we learn that Sir Simon was suspected of murdering his beloved wife Eleanor (Elizabeth Sankey). Virginia takes on the task of lifting the curse upon Sir Simon.
Also in the film’s remarkable voice cast are Imelda Staunton as the cook and housekeeper Mrs. Umney, Toby Jones as the local vicar The Reverend Chasuble and Miranda Hart (TV’s “Call the Midwife”) as a inventive, ghost-chasing friend of the Reverend. Laurie has less to do as the voice of Death.
Directed by Kim Burdon (“Fireman Sam”) and Robert Chandler (TV’s “Boy George: One on One”), this “Canterville Ghost” is not the first animated adaptation of Wilde’s story, which has been adapted many times before (there was a 1970 Soviet animated film, believe it or not).
The role of Sir Simon has been previously played by Patrick Stewart and John Gielgud. The most famous adaptation was the 1944 American feature film, starring a wonderful Charles Laughton as Sir Simon, Robert Young as an American WWII soldier, child actor Margaret O’Brien and Una O’Connor. A 1966 ABC TV movie musical of Wilde’s story featured Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and Michael Redgrave and music by “Fiddler on the Roof” songwriters Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. This latest “Canterville Ghost” might not be the best. The computer-generated animation is not exactly inspired. The hit-and-miss screenplay boasts a “ghostbusters” joke. But like Noel Coward’s much adapted “Blithe Spirit,” “The Canterville Ghost” is always welcome.
(“The Canterville Ghost” contains mature themes and swashbuckliing)
“The Canterville Ghost”
Rated PG. At Apple Cinemas. Grade: B+
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