You’re missing out if you’ve never seen Ghost Adventures. If you have any interest in paranormal research, please give this show some time. Ghost Adventures is an ongoing show on the Travel Channel that follows three paranormal researchers, Zak Bagans, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin as they travel across the world documenting reported haunted hot spots. The hour-long episodes feature the trio traveling to a new location every week where they’re locked in for the night, relying on paranormal tools like EMF meters and static night vision cameras to catch suspected ghost activity. Zak Bagans, the leader of sorts, uses a confrontational method to pry the paranormal from the shadows. Zak’s charismatic and aggressive nature makes for some charming and intense viewing. Before they were leaders in the field, they were just three guys with a desire to make a documentary about the existence of ghosts.
Focusing on Virginia City, NV and Goldfield, NV, the gang delves into the haunted histories and they plan their approach and define their goals. Regardless of what you believe, if you’re a fan of horror movies and haunted lore, then this weekly history lesson is worth the watch. The spooky and gloom-laden locations add a sense of creepiness once the lights go down. Of course the documentary captures some rather stunning and hard to dispute evidence – they didn’t get their own long-running series for nothing. The stand-out episode for me was filmed at Bobby Mackey’s Music World in Wilder, KY. Zak receives visible scars across his back as he provoked the spirits. Fraught with everything from suicides to Satanism, the Bobby Mackey episode rules. I’ve been there twice and we’ve enjoyed strange and ominous phenomenon both times. Trip three is already booked for this October.
Ghost Adventures won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary given by the New York International Film & Video Festival shortly after the release of this original documentary. The show begins its seventh season this September and promises more of the pulse-pounding docudrama that it’s famous for. Saturday nights on Travel Channel. Enjoy the clips below.