True Hauntings

True Hauntings was a short miniseries which aired on A&E Network telling the stories of true hauntings, hence the name, through interviews, reenactments, and narration. The show traveled around the world to feature stories of the spookiest, creepiest, and scariest stories of the most haunted and supernatural places on earth. Those interviewed included not only eyewitnesses but scientists, psychics, and historians, all of whom were experts within their given fields.

Despite the title, True Hauntings featured more than simply ghost stories of haunted houses and other sorts of buildings. Also featured in the series were stories of demon possession, zombies, poltergeists, as well as vampires. These additional creatures and supernatural beings are among the most well known in legend and history. Each story featured on the television show is featured as a case profile, much like those seen on police reality shows. The case profile is presented first with the eyewitness testimony before then moving on to give the evidence from the scientists and historians.

Overall the show was met with both criticism and acclaim. Some reviewers enjoyed it for its displayed originality among the large amount of paranormal shows on cable these days while other critics found it monotonous for telling the same stories without much change. Regardless, True Hauntings was successful enough that other networks took the idea and created similar TV shows of their own to air.

True Hauntings was aired as episodes that lasted between 43 minutes up to 94 minutes long. Shorter episodes aired within a one hour block of time while longer ones aired on A&E Network over a period of two hours. It was aired originally in 2008 throughout the month of October as a special reality documentary miniseries for the weeks leading up to Halloween. The network did not release viewership numbers and so it has often been assumed that a second season was not produced due a lack of interest from among viewers, particularly those in key demographics.

1 Season, 4 Episodes
September 18, 2008
True Hauntings

True Hauntings Full Episode Guide

  • Delve into the dark side of famous American folk tales, exposing the horror at the root of these enduring mysteries. In this two-hour special, we visit five Haunted Houses, including the Donnelly Farm in Lucan, Ontario, once the blood soaked site of a massacre. Here an Irish immigrant family was burned alive when fear and ignorance led to revenge. Descendants of vigilantes who killed them are still haunted by what they did. Also, 170 years ago, illicit love flourished in the house on Rue Royale, New Orleans. Inside, a rich white man and a poor black woman fought odds to be together. Misunderstanding led to death, and today the young mistress is said to still haunt this place, trying to recapture her forbidden love.

  • A bewitching look at haunted houses and ghost stories. Includes a visit to Louisiana's Myrtle Plantation, known as America's most haunted house, and The Joshua Ward House in Massachusetts, where a sheriff's curse can be traced back to the Salem witch trials.

  • Are zombies real? An entire religion includes zombies as part of its belief system. Some authorities claim there is scientific evidence to substantiate their existence. Many others -- scientists, clergy and lay people -- simply dismiss zombies as legend. For most, zombies are a frightening phenomenon that remains unexplained.

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