Paranormal Lockdown

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Paranormal Lockdown
Genre Paranormal
Reality TV
Starring Nick Groff
Katrina Weidman
Narrated by James Lurie
Theme music composer Rob Saffi
Opening theme "Between Heaven & Hell"
Composer(s) Michael Mouracade
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 18 (plus the 10 specials not included in list)
Production
Executive producer(s) Nick Groff
Justin Narragon
Fay Yu
Producer(s) Rob Saffi
Kendall Smith
Cinematography Rob Saffi
Editor(s) Sonny Ratcliff (Lead Editor)
Kendall Smith
Benton Stephens
Camera setup Multi-camera setup
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Groff Entertainment
Distributor Discovery Communications
Release
Original network Destination America (2016)
TLC (2016 – present)
Original release March 4, 2016 (2016-03-04) – present
Chronology
Related shows Ghost Adventures
Paranormal State
External links
Website

Paranormal Lockdown is a paranormal reality television series. It is executive produced by Nick Groff of Ghost Adventures fame. The series follows Groff and fellow paranormal researcher Katrina Weidman (formerly of Paranormal State) as they confine themselves for 72 straight hours in some of the most haunted locations. The first season aired on Destination America from March 4, 2016 to April 8, 2016.[1] The second season aired from December 16, 2016 to March 3, 2017 on TLC.[2][3] The third season will air beginning in early 2018.[4][5] Critics like paranormal investigator Ben Radford claim that Paranormal Lockdown "is typical sensationalized nonsense trying to gloss over half-baked pseudoscientific investigation".[6]

Premise[edit]

The series features Nick Groff, a paranormal investigator who is "on a mission to discover something new in the paranormal field", and paranormal researcher Katrina Weidman who will both spend 72 hours together locked down in the most haunted locations. They will be staying with the dead at these reportedly haunted places, many of which have never been filmed for a production. And some locations will be investigated for the first time on television. Groff and Weidman believe, that "the longer they stay, the more the spirits will communicate with them and the more information they can gather about the unknown".[7]

Reception[edit]

Radford states that the claims of living 72 hours in a haunted house as some sort of a challenge is "absurd". People all over the world claim to live in haunted locations, apparently longer than 72 hours. Before you can claim you are living in a haunted house, "ghosts must be proven to exist", a claim that the paranormal community has yet to prove. There are many methodological problems with their investigative techniques, according to Radford. "They fail to properly investigate and verify their assumptions at virtually every step, making leaps of logic and guessing far beyond the evidence". Lockdowns like what you see on this reality show are using ineffective techniques with equipment not meant to be used for this purpose, to look for something that has not been proven to exist or even defined. "A stakeout (such as these) is essentially a scientific experiment without the science". Completely lacking in controls. "Groff and Weidman... are walking around a house with a camera crew, literally and figuratively in the dark. The only things they're testing are their video editors's endurance and the patience of their viewers". These "'reality' television shows are entertainment, not investigation".[6]

Opening introduction:

Cast and crew[edit]

Guest investigators[edit]

  • Amy Bruni - paranormal investigator, formerly of Ghost Hunters (Episode 1.1: "Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum")
  • Adam Berry - paranormal investigator, formerly of Ghost Hunters and Ghost Hunters Academy (Episode 1.1: "Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum")
  • Grant Wilson - paranormal investigator, formerly of Ghost Hunters (Episode 1.4: "Randolph County Infirmary")
  • John Zaffis - paranormal researcher and demonologist, of Haunted Collector (Halloween Special: "The Black Monk House")
  • John E.L. Tenney - paranormal investigator, formerly of Ghost Stalkers (Episode 1.3: "Franklin Castle")
  • Aaron Sagers - paranormal researcher (Special: "Evidence Revealed")
  • Michelle Belanger - occult expert (Episode 2.1: "Monroe House")
  • Ben Hansen - former FBI forensic agent and paranormal investigator of Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files (Episode 2.5: "Waverly Hills Sanatorium")
  • Steve Huff - paranormal engineer and inventor of the "Wonder Box Portal" (Episode 2.6: "Bellaire House")
  • George Brown - paranormal engineer and inventor of the "Geo Box" (Episode 2.6: "Bellaire House")
  • Johnny Houser - paranormal investigator (lives next door to Iowa's Villisca Murder House) (Episode 2.9: "Malvern Manor")
  • Bloody Mary - voodoo priestess in New Orleans (Episode 2.10: "Rampart Street Murder House")
  • Greg Newkirk and Dana Matthews Newkirk - paranormal researchers and haunted object collectors (Episode 2.11: "Scutt Mansion")
  • Ryan Dunn - paranormal investigator of the Savannah Ghost Research Society (Episode 2.12: Old Chatham County Jail)
  • Daniel Klaes - paranormal investigator Owner of the Hinsdale House (Episode 4: Hinsdale House Unlocked, Episode 2.6 Statler City Hotel)

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Network Originally aired
First aired Last aired
Specials 10 TLC October 31, 2016 (2016-10-31) TBD
1 6 Destination America March 4, 2016 (2016-03-04) April 8, 2016 (2016-04-08)
2 12 TLC December 16, 2016 (2016-12-16) March 3, 2017 (2017-03-03)
3 TBA TLC 2018 TBA

Specials[edit]

Episode Title Location Original Airdate U.S. viewers
(million)
1"Halloween Special: The Black Monk House"Pontefract, Yorkshire, EnglandOctober 31, 2016 (2016-10-31)0.75[8]
In this two-hour Halloween special, Nick and Katrina travel to Yorkshire, England to investigate the Black Monk House, site of the most violent poltergeist haunting in paranormal history. They invite world renowned paranormal researcher and demonologist John Zaffis to provide analysis on their findings.
2"Paranormal Lockdown: Evidence Revealed"Season one locationsDecember 16, 2016 (2016-12-16)0.52[9]
Nick and Katrina sit down with paranormal researcher Aaron Sagers to dedicate this one-hour special to reveal unseen footage and new evidence they found in their investigations during their lockdowns in season one.
3"Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum Unlocked"Weston, West VirginiaJanuary 13, 2017 (2017-01-13)0.63[10]
In this special 'unlocked' version which has insider facts and ghostly extra scenes, Nick and Katrina spend their 72-hour lockdown inside the abandoned hallways and treatment wards of West Virginia's Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. They investigate the numerous sightings of the asylum's 'shadow people' who were once victims of countless lobotomies.
4"Hinsdale House Unlocked"Hinsdale, New YorkJanuary 20, 2017 (2017-01-20)0.59[11]
Nick and Katrina go behind-the-scenes in this 'unlocked' version, showing viewers how they really spent 72-hours locked down inside New York's Hinsdale House, where an exorcism was performed here and in the surrounding haunted forest in 1974.
5"Anderson Hotel Unlocked"Lawrenceburg, KentuckyJanuary 27, 2017 (2017-01-27)0.59[12]
In this 'unlocked' special, Nick and Katrina go behind-the-scenes and gather extra evidence during their 72-hour lockdown at Kentucky's Anderson Hotel, a former hotel that turned into a flophouse which closed in 1987, where several suicides occurred.
6"Kreischer Mansion Unlocked"Charleston, Staten Island, New YorkFebruary 3, 2017 (2017-02-03)0.51[13]
In this 'unlocked' special, Nick and Katrina go behind-the-scenes and gather extra evidence during their 72-hour lockdown at Kreischer Mansion, where a gateway to the other side was opened in the basement during a séance and a man was murdered by a mafia hitman.
7"Franklin Castle Unlocked"Cleveland, OhioFebruary 10, 2017 (2017-02-10)0.56[14]
In this 'unlocked' special, Nick and Katrina go behind-the-scenes and gather extra evidence during their 72-hour lockdown at Franklin Castle, a Victorian mansion built in 1860 that's said to be one of the most haunted houses in America.
8"Randolph County Infirmary Unlocked"Winchester, IndianaFebruary 17, 2017 (2017-02-17)0.46[15]
In this 'unlocked' special, Nick and Katrina go behind-the-scenes and gather extra evidence during their 72-hour lockdown at Randolph County Infirmary, a former poor house built in 1852 and burned down, then turned into an infirmary and nursing home until it closed over a century later.
9"Monroe House Unlocked"Hartford City, IndianaFebruary 24, 2017 (2017-02-24)0.51[16]
In this 'unlocked' special, Nick and Katrina go behind-the-scenes and gather extra evidence during their 72-hour lockdown at Monroe House, the most haunted house on Monroe Street, where they unearthed skeletal remains in the crawlspace during their investigation, which was cause for them to notify the local police.
10"Shrewsbury Prison Unlocked"Shrewsbury, EnglandMarch 3, 2017 (2017-03-03)0.51[17]
In this 'unlocked' special, Nick and Katrina go behind-the-scenes and gather extra evidence during their 72-hour lockdown at Shrewsbury Prison which opened in 1793. They faced 220 years of public executions, suicides, and tragedy, including the prison's last hanging of a possible innocent inmate in 1961.

Season Guides[edit]

Season 1 (2016)[edit]

Episode Title Location Original Airdate U.S. viewers
(million)
1.1"Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum"Weston, West VirginiaMarch 4, 2016 (2016-03-04)0.39[18]
For 72 hours, Nick and Katrina confined themselves in the long hallways and abandoned treatment wards of Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, West Virginia. In order to capture the shadow figures seen in its 13 buildings on 666 acres, they go through mental exhaustion that causes them to open their minds to the paranormal world and the souls of former patients that remain here. Their investigation takes them to Ward F where a murder occurred, the off-limits Women's Auxiliary Building and the Medical Building's morgue.
1.2"Anderson Hotel"Lawrenceburg, KentuckyMarch 11, 2016 (2016-03-11)0.35[19]
In their 72-hour lockdown, Nick and Katrina are the first guests to spend the night at the old Anderson Hotel in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky since 1987, when the then-flophouse permanently closed its doors. They want to find out who is the negative entity that has been attacking people by pushing and biting them. They investigate the suicide of a teenage girl who slit her wrists in one of the rooms, a man who hanged himself in a room closet and the reports of a burning man seen at a window who died in a 1974 fire here.
1.3"Franklin Castle"Cleveland, OhioMarch 18, 2016 (2016-03-18)0.40[20]
Nick and Katrina are the first paranormal team to investigate Franklin Castle in Cleveland, Ohio, a Victorian mansion built in 1860 that's said to be one of the most haunted houses in America. During their 72-hour investigation, they capture a voice pleading for help believed to be the original owner, Hannes Tiedemann's wife, Luise, who is shroud in black as she mourns her children, play hide and seek with a little ghost girl named Emma and discover what's behind the home's secret doors and passageways.
1.4"Randolph County Infirmary"Winchester, IndianaMarch 25, 2016 (2016-03-25)0.37[21]
Nick and Katrina travel to rural Winchester, Indiana for their three-day lockdown inside the abandoned Randolph County Infirmary. This former poor house was built in 1852 and burned down, then it turned into an infirmary and nursing home until it closed over a century later. During their investigation, they discover where all the fire victim bodies were buried in unmarked graves on the property, as well as documenting residual hauntings and the spirit of Bill, an elderly man who once lived here when it closed.
1.5"Hinsdale House"Hinsdale, New YorkApril 1, 2016 (2016-04-01)0.36[22]

Nick and Katrina investigate one of the most haunted houses in the area, the Hinsdale House in northwestern New York. During their three-day lockdown, they've seen flies, felt choking sensations and had mind tricks played on them; all signs of a demonic haunting. That's why it's no surprise that in 1974, an exorcism was performed on the entire location and surrounding haunted forest, a Native American burial ground, where a woman was hanged and a man shot and killed his own brother in cold blood.

Note: As Nick and Katrina tour the home with demonologist Tony Spera, he calls paranormal pioneer and his mother-in-law Lorraine Warren, who recalls her experiences when she investigated the house.
1.6"Kreischer Mansion"Charleston, Staten Island, New YorkApril 8, 2016 (2016-04-08)0.35[23]
Nick and Katrina get locked down in New York's most haunted house, the Kreischer Mansion, built in the late 1880s by Bavarian immigrant Balthasar Kreischer, who also built mansions for his sons, Charles and Edward. In 1894, Edward took his life with a gunshot to the head. His mansion burned down in the 1930s, leaving one mansion behind today. During their investigation, they learn that a gateway to the other side was opened in the basement during a séance, and recently, a man was murdered here by a mafia hitman.

Season 2 (2016–17)[edit]

Episode Title Location Original Airdate U.S. viewers
(million)
2.1 (7)"Monroe House"Hartford City, IndianaDecember 16, 2016 (2016-12-16)0.54[9]
Nick and Katrina investigate the forbidding Indiana's Monroe House, where ghostly happenings and evidence of ritualistic occult activity have spooked the homeowner. Former residents and construction workers have fled the property after coming face to face with a dark entity, leaving the home uninhabitable. The genesis of the haunting is unclear, but three fires and resulting deaths in the last 100 years have not served to quell paranormal activity within the home. The intense exploration culminates with Nick and owner Eddie Norris journeying into a crawl space beneath the home and unearthing what appeared to be skeletal remains. Local law enforcement was notified immediately.
2.2 (8)"Shrewsbury Prison"Shrewsbury, EnglandDecember 23, 2016 (2016-12-23)0.56[24]
Nick and Katrina unlock the foreboding secrets of England's HM Prison Shrewsbury, which opened in 1793. For their 72-hour lockdown, they face 220 years of public executions, suicides, and tragedy, including the prison's last hanging of a possible innocent inmate in 1961.
2.3 (9)"Oliver House"Middleborough, MassachusettsDecember 30, 2016 (2016-12-30)0.59[25]
Nick and Katrina spend 72 hours during their lockdown in the historic Oliver House, an estate built in 1769 by loyalist Dr. Peter Oliver Jr., who was banished from the home by an American Revolution mob. The house has seen many tragedies, including children's deaths, and a plague that wiped out most of the Wampanoag population out in the woods.
2.4 (10)"St. Ignatius Hospital"Colfax, WashingtonJanuary 6, 2017 (2017-01-06)0.57[26]
Nick and Katrina get locked down in the St. Ignatius Hospital in Colfax, Washington. Built in 1893 by the Sisters of Providence, this former facility is currently a decrepit building filled with the spirits of patients who died from the flu epidemic that swept through the state in the late 1900s.
2.5 (11)"Waverly Hills Sanatorium"Louisville, KentuckyJanuary 13, 2017 (2017-01-13)0.68[10]
Nick and Katrina head to Kentucky for their 72-hour lockdown inside the infamous Waverly Hills Sanatorium, a former tuberculosis hospital that's one of the most paranormaly active locations in the country. They investigate the sightings of the legendary shadow figures and hauntings in the "body chute", a 150-meter tunnel where bodies were dumped.
2.6 (12)"Bellaire House"Bellaire, OhioJanuary 20, 2017 (2017-01-20)0.67[11]
Nick and Katrina travel to southeastern Ohio to spend three days locked down in the Bellaire House, built in 1909 by miner Jacob Heatherington. The home was passed through the family until his descendant Lyde, who died here. Her brother Edwin, devastated by her loss, hired mediums to contact her, which opened portals, allowing negative spirits in.
2.7 (13)"Statler City Hotel"Buffalo, New YorkJanuary 27, 2017 (2017-01-27)0.68[12]
Nick and Katrina travel to Buffalo for their largest lockdown at the Statler City Hotel, once the 'grand dame' of hotels in the Roaring Twenties where famous mobsters, including Al Capone, spent the night. During their investigation, they try to make contact with a lonely young woman who committed suicide by jumping out of an 8th floor window in 1947.
2.8 (14)"White Hill Mansion"Fieldsboro, New JerseyFebruary 3, 2017 (2017-02-03)0.58[13]
Nick and Katrina are the first to spend 72 hours in one of New Jersey's historical homes, White Hill Mansion, built by original owner Robert Field in 1722. In its nearly 300 year history, the house has been a battlefield hospital for Revolutionary War And Civil War soldiers, a bordello where two prostitutes were killed, and a speakeasy for mobsters who dumped their victims body in the nearby Delaware River. During the lockdown, they make contact with Samuel, the Field family's young son who died here.
2.9 (15)"Malvern Manor"Malvern, IowaFebruary 10, 2017 (2017-02-10)0.67[14]
Nick and Katrina travel to Iowa where Malvern Manor, and its elusive entities, await. It's also where investigator Johnny Houser claims an overwhelming rage came over him after encountering a shadow figure. For their 72 hour lockdown, they want to see for themselves what else is confined within the manor's walls. But during their investigation, they are pulled astray from their search by the restless spirits of the house's former inhabitants. While Nick seeks answers from beyond about the mysterious death of a young girl, Katrina squares off against the dominant energy of the house's original owner.
2.10 (16)"Rampart Street Murder House"New Orleans, LouisianaFebruary 17, 2017 (2017-02-17)0.55[15]
Nick and Katrina investigate Rampart Street Murder House in New Orleans, Louisiana for their three day lockdown to uncover the spirit that's trapped there. During in the 1800s, voodoo rituals which were performed there linger with the ghost of a little boy along with the spirits of a young couple, Addie Hall and Zach Bowen. In 2006, Addie was gruesomely murdered by Zach after Hurricane Katrina devastated the whole state. This is also the first episode, where Nick and Katrina perform a voodoo ritual after their lockdown finished.
2.11 (17)"Scutt Mansion"Joliet, IllinoisFebruary 24, 2017 (2017-02-24)0.59[16]
Nick and Katrina investigate the cursed Scutt Mansion in Joliet, Illinois for their three day lockdown. Built by barbed wire manufacturer Hiram B. Scutt in 1882, he soon died from a riding accident, followed by his wife, Adelaide who is believed to be the Lady in Black, mourning her loss. The house is believed to be cursed when, in 2006, local historian Seth Magosky purchased the mansion to transform it into a Victorian museum with hundreds of period dolls, only to die in the house before completion. His father Patrick took up his son's work but had to close the museum in 2013 after falling down a spiral staircase he built, breaking his back, and leaving the mansion abandoned ever since.
2.12 (18)"Old Chatham County Jail"Savannah, GeorgiaMarch 3, 2017 (2017-03-03)0.67[17]
Nick and Katrina went to the Old Chatham County Jail in Savannah, Georgia for their three day lockdown before the whole place demolished. Where home to the most infamous murder criminal, Carl Isaacs. Where he gruesomely murdered a family of five.

Broadcast[edit]

Internationally, the series premiered in Australia on TLC on December 24, 2016.[27]

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