Fans of the paranormal have been given a number of compelling and unsettling experiences thanks to the Discovery Channel and Travel Channel over the years, with the upcoming launch of streaming service discovery+ not only offering thousands of hours of beloved series, but it will also unveil all-new programs and specials featuring fan-favorite investigators. In addition to exciting supernatural series being available when the platform launches on January 4th, the following weeks will see debuts of even more programs, while discovery+ is already making plans to deliver subscribers their biggest "Ghostober" event by the end of the year.
Per press release, "For fans of the genre, this means that every episode of Ghost Adventures, The Dead Files, Paranormal Caught on Camera, Destination Fear, Ghost Nation, Portals to Hell, and more, will be available for streaming on day one. Also, discovery+ has searched out the most popular content found across the television spectrum; and subscribers will be able to stream additional hit titles including Ghost Hunters and Ancient Aliens from A&E.
It adds, "At launch, two marquee specials, Ghost Adventures: Cecil Hotel and Shock Docs: Amityville Horror House, and one new series, Ghost Adventures: Top 10, with eight one-hour episodes, will premiere. As the platform continuously rolls out new content, the brand-new series, UFO Witness, will be added on January 14th, and then the new two-hour special, Shock Docs: The Exorcism of Roland Doe, and series, Fright Club, will soon follow. And this is just the beginning – discovery+ is developing content with some of the biggest names in the horror genre, including a multi-project deal with director Eli Roth (Hostel, Borderlands) and a supersized 'Ghostober' celebration guaranteed to bring the thrills and chills."
Below is the breakdown of the exclusive new discovery+ offerings.
Ghost Adventures: Cecil Hotel (two-hour special)
- Stationed along downtown Los Angeles' Main Street stands the infamous Cecil Hotel with a checkered past, beset by multiple suicides, murders, devil-worshipping, and serial killers. Riddled with stories of paranormal activity, the historic building is the epitome of creepy – an inspiration for books, films, and even a season of the American Horror Story series. Now, for the first time ever, the Cecil Hotel is allowing cameras inside for an investigation of ghostly proportions in this two-hour special. The Ghost Adventures team – Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin, Jay Wasley, and Billy Tolley – begin their investigation retracing the steps of the recent mysterious death of a young girl named Elisa Lam, whose body was found in the hotel's water tower without any explanation as to what may have happened. Her peculiar demise remains unsolved and bizarre elevator surveillance video of Lam has fueled an abundance of theories, including that of supernatural forces.
Shock Docs: Amityville Horror House (two-hour special)
- In 1977, The Amityville Horror book was published and caused a sensation. The subsequent 1979 film adaptation was a surprise box office hit. It was a film that changed everything. It terrified audiences and became a film and story that people continue to return to. Today, it is the quintessential American horror story based on true events. This is the story of the all-American family that moves into their dream house in the all-American town and experiences the most terrifying demonic haunting imaginable – demon possession, demon attacks, a portal to hell. It was a situation so dire, even the church couldn't help them. Through archival footage and re-creations, the special, produced by 1895 Films, presents the harrowing true story of Robert Defeo, who murdered his entire family in the Amityville house, and the 28 terror-filled days the Lutz family lived in the house.
Ghost Adventures: Top 10 (eight one-hour episodes)
- Zak Bagans counts down fans' favorite moments from more than a decade of shooting Ghost Adventures – over 200 episodes! It's a fun yet terrifying walk down memory lane as Bagans revisits the scariest, funniest, and most insane clips from episodes past; and presents some of the crew's best paranormal evidence.
UFO Witness (eight one-hour episodes added on January 14th)
- Former federal agent and paranormal investigator Ben Hansen is on a mission to uncover the truth behind the country's most shocking and infamous UFO sightings. With unprecedented access to more than 10,000 case files from the archives of Dr. Alan J. Hynek, the chief scientific consultant of Project Bluebook, Hansen believes the answers to UFOs in America are hidden in the cases of the past. Aiding Hansen on his quest is Jennie Zeidman, the last surviving operative of Project Bluebook, and Mark O'Connell, an accomplished UFO investigator and former confidant of Dr. Hynek. Together, they will uncover the secrets of the past to shed new light on today's freshest UFO encounters.
You can check out the exciting series when discovery+ launches on January 4th.
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