Lost Tapes

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  • TV-14
  • 2008
  • 3 Seasons
  • 6.1  (950)

Lost Tapes is a horror television series that aired on Animal Planet from 2008 to 2010. The show recreates encounters with creatures such as Bigfoot, Chupacabra, and Mothman through found footage and interviews with witnesses. The show's host, Loren Coleman, is a prominent cryptozoologist who has devoted his life to studying creatures that are not recognized by mainstream science. He is joined by Dallas Santana and Jessica Lynch Alfaro, who provide additional commentary and analysis.

Each episode of Lost Tapes focuses on a different creature, with the first season featuring Bigfoot, Chupacabra, and Jersey Devil. The second season adds new creatures such as Lizard Man and Wendigo to the mix.

The format of the show is similar to that of found footage horror movies. Each episode begins with a warning that the footage may disturb some viewers, and then cuts to a disclaimer stating that the events depicted are fictitious. The show then presents an account of a supposed encounter with a creature, usually told through found footage from cameras and smartphones.

As the footage plays, Coleman and his team offer their analysis of the events. They point out details in the footage that suggest the creature is real, such as footprints or unusual sounds. They also interview witnesses and experts, discussing the creature's behavior and physiology.

The show's strength lies in its use of suspense and tension to create a sense of dread. The found footage is often distorted or grainy, adding to the feeling of unease. The creatures themselves are rarely shown in full view, instead appearing as shadows or fleeting glimpses. This serves to heighten the fear factor, as viewers are left to their imaginations to fill in the details.

However, some viewers may find the show's reliance on jump scares and loud noises to be cliched. Additionally, the show has been criticized for presenting sensationalized and untrue accounts of encounters with creatures that may not exist.

Regardless of these criticisms, Lost Tapes remains a nostalgic and entertaining look back at the height of found footage horror's popularity. Its use of real-life urban legends and cryptozoological creatures adds a layer of fascination and intrigue that keeps viewers engaged from episode to episode.

In conclusion, Lost Tapes is a horror television series that gives a unique spin on the found footage genre. Through its use of real-world urban legends and monsters, it creates a sense of suspense and unease that will keep viewers on the edge of their seats. While the show has its flaws, it remains an entertaining and nostalgic look back at a unique period in horror television.

Lost Tapes is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (34 episodes). The series first aired on October 30, 2008.

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Where to Watch Lost Tapes
Lost Tapes is available for streaming on the Animal Planet website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Lost Tapes on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Animal Planet, FuboTV, Microsoft Movies & TV and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    October 30, 2008
  • IMDB Rating
    6.1  (950)