Haunted Highway to debut with Bear Lake Beast episode

A new paranormal show debuts for the summer travel season on SyFy

Haunted Highway: Season premier

Syfy‘s newest paranormal reality series, Haunted Highway (formerly known as Paranormal Highway) will premiere Tuesday, July 3 at 10 PM.

The hour-long series follows two teams, Jack Osbourne & Dana Workman and Jael de Pardo & Devin Marble, as they do their own first-person investigations of the most frightening claims of paranormal activity along America’s remote back roads.

Fueled by eyewitness interviews and evidence collected with state-of-the-art equipment, the two teams will self-document their harrowing face-to-face encounters with the paranormal.

In the premiere episode “Bear Lake Beast / Vergas Hairyman,” Jack and Dana venture to Bear Lake, Utah, in search of the elusive Bear Lake Beast. A reptilian monster over 20 feet long, this creature has been sighted by many but never captured on tape. Their investigation reveals some startling anomalies out there on the dark waters, and culminates in a risky night dive where Jack heads to the depths of the lake in search of the creature’s hunting grounds.

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Sounds interesting, actually. I have not heard of this supposed cryptid. I’ll probably watch to see how they treat the subject and to see how the show handles these paranormal topics. I have yet to see more than a scant few paranormal-themed shows do justice to the true story. Instead, they hype the mystery and play fast and loose with the drama and recreations. That’s a bit sad because the psychology of eyewitness sightings is complicated and can teach us a lot about ourselves. Also, they rarely seem to REALLY examine viable alternatives to the scary monster explanation. Skirting the interesting twists in how humans perceive something strange and scary, such sensationalist programming typically misses the mark completely in terms of critical examination.

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  8 comments for “Haunted Highway to debut with Bear Lake Beast episode

  1. Fastmover01
    June 15, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Well with Jael DePardo and Devin Marble from “Fact or Faked”, it could be interesting. I have caught a few episodes of FoF and for the most part they test multiple known skeptical theories with these cases within TV show constraints anyways. I just hope they don’t get them to throw away the more skeptical outlook in favor of ratings and hype.

  2. Leo
    June 15, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    I don’t have high hopes. The crop of paranormal shows in recent years make In Search Of.. and Unsolved Mysteries look like highbrow cinema. It’s a shame too, because a show that took the basic premise of Haunted Highway — two guys traveling the US exploring paranormal phenomena — and presenting it as folklore and history without making any judgements* could make for compelling television. Oh PBS! Here’s a chance to become relevant again!

    *In other words, here’s what people think and believe, here’s the actual facts in so far as we could discover them, let the viewer decide.

  3. June 15, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    I had heard of the Bear Lake monster at some point, but like most people, it is most famous for being the subject of an episode of the Lost Tapes tv show, in which the beast attacks a bunch of young girls partying near the lake (I’ve actually seen this one, it can also be found Youtube). The show is a found footage show (in the wake of the Blair Witch Project), that simultaneously uses largely “real” cryptids for its subject matter, has biologist and cryptozoologist talking heads, but the meat of each episode is a fictional scenario filmed in found footage style (hence the name of the show). These scenarios are not represented as being real, and follow extremely typical horror tropes, but often in at least somewhat well done ways. Oddly, though, many of the episodes are not total kills, having at least some of the victims survive, which makes the found footage element strange.

    • Fastmover01
      June 15, 2012 at 4:44 PM

      I dunno, I saw one where these 2 reporters I guess snuck aboard a ship to get a scoop on an announcement by these explorers, and both were “killed” by the Yeti and only the camera was found by security guards in that episode. There were a few I watched where only the camera were found. Lost Tapes was decent entertainment but the formula got old for me after a few episodes.

  4. June 15, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    I’m an avid hiker in the canyon that leads to Bear Lake, and have been there many times. Only tourists believe the stories about the Bear Lake Monster. There are, of course, a few exceptions among the locals, but they are a rare few.

    A breeding population of air breathing, reptilian creatures between 40 and (a ridiculous) 150 feet in length could not exist without being seen regularly by the hundreds of people who frequent the lake each day in the summer months. And the creatures could in no way survive during the winter months whent he lake is frozen over.

    The Lost Tapes episode, which I shamefully saw on Netflicks, appeared to be shot in an area where the water is no more than four feet deep. I had a good laugh.

  5. Flair
    June 19, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    I live 40 minutes from this Bear Lake and have heard tales of the monster often. As Karl said above, few locals believe in the monster. Bear Lake is a tourist area, and what better way to drum up tourists than to say there’s a monster in the lake? The lake, however, is stunningly gorgeous, and a great way to spend a day or two.

  6. Massachusetts
    July 4, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    They interviewed a witness that appears in a different video clip posted on cryptomundo. In the cryptomundo clip she seems very interested in getting people to come to Vargas to spend money. She also tells her eye witness account which indicates she saw a man with long hair in a fur coat carrying an axe who ran out of a cabin to chase her and her friend. But in the Haunted Highway interview she says it came out of the woods, it was covered in hair, was carrying something she couldn’t make out that it may have grabbed in the woods, and was barefoot. I don’t recall about shoe status in the other video, but in the Jael clip there was no mention of an axe, a fur coat, a cabin, or anything that would suggest a human being, where as her point in the other video on cryptomundo was that she believed it was a man. It really seems like she changed her story to make a better one for Haunted Highway.

    Jael and her buddy then did your standard creepy night investigation, finding broken branches, hair, and a sketchy thermal video of a hunched figure running. They skyped with Jeff Meldrum who told them the thermal video was awful and probably a human, and the hair tested out to be human. They concluded that they found compelling evidence, and though it points to human and a hoax, the creature could still exist, or words to that effect.

    A rather disappointing, though not entirely unexpected, presentation. I found it very striking how the woman’s story changed and it shows you how malleable eye witness testimony can be. People have agendas, shows have agendas, and agendas change and testimony can be easily modified, edited, repurposed, or so it seems. If you haven’t been thinking twice about trusting these shows, definitely think twice now, and then think again! Here’s the link to the cryptomundo post with the video:

    http://www.cryptomundo.com/cryptozoo-news/hairy-man-vergas/

  7. Massachusetts
    July 4, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Just to clarify, there were two investigations, and the second one, with Jael and friend, was about a “Hairy Man” sighting in Vargas, likened to Bigfoot but some say it was just an old hermit out in the woods. The woman in the crypto clip seems to advocate that position but switches to a more Bigfoot-like telling of her story for the camera crew it seems. I hope others check this out since I’d like to see if you agree with me. It struck me as very blatant and great evidence of how these shows work.

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