Killing Bigfoot (Destination America)

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Killing Bigfoot (Destination America) – Premieres 4th February

A show that follows the Gulf Coast Bigfoot Research Organisation (GCBRO), a team of Bigfoot hunters who go about trying to help folk in Louisiana who believe the are being harassed by Sasquatch. To help them out they do preliminary searches of the area to find any evidence of activity, then set up night time missions where they hope to find and kill the offending Bigfoot.

The GCBRO are also not on the best of terms with other members of the Bigfoot hunting community who believe that they should stop they shoot to kill approach they insist upon. To the point where the head of the organisation makes the statement that for scientific research they need to bring in a dead Sasquatch, and they are a potential menace to the community.

It’s ultimately a silly programme following a group of rednecks into woodlands where they use semi automatic guns with almost reckless abandon while obviously not really knowing what they’re doing.

It makes $10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty look like the pinnacle of scientific research.

2.1/10

Haunted Case Files (Destination America)

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Haunted Case Files (Destination America) – Starts 28th August

Standard Destination America ghost based shenanigans when four ghost hunters recount their scariest encounters with the spirits of the dead. While they tell their story it switches between them being interviewed and some reenactments that have some top drawer comedy effects to show the ghosts interacting with them and how they tried to banish entities with a surprisingly low success rate.

It’s a bog standard ghost show that only just becomes passable background viewing due to the effects.

2.3/10

Ghosts Of Shepherdstown (Destination America)

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Ghosts Of Shepherdstown (Destination America) – Starts 12th June – Renewed

After being continually harassed by the residents phoning up and complaining of home and business breaks ins, only to find out it was the abundance of ghosts in the town being the cause. The sheriffs department does the only logical thing and brings in three ghost hunters to get rid of them all.

After arriving the three paranormal experts get to work, going through one building at a time. In it they manage to do a first in any ghost show i’ve seen and cancel a night time investigation due to the spirits being too evil.

After getting their shit together, they then get back to business doing the usual paranormal stuff of recording conversations and making out ghostly voices from unintelligible noises and getting freaked out by ghostly apparitions. In the end they manage to clear the building of the activity and the owner and workers are delighted.

It’s a normal piece of paranormal investigation silliness, though the fact this is a series where they are working through an entire town makes it worth another watch.

4.7/10

Smoked (Destination America)

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Smoked (Destination America) – Starts 1st June

Barbecue cooking competition where two bbq cooks who have a long rivalry go head-to-head to find out once and for all who is the better cook, and to get an oversized cheque for $5k.

The competition goes through three rounds, the main event where the barbecuers are given a cut of meat and the timeframe for them to cook it in. While the round is ongoing there are two side rounds where the cooks are the challenged to create a dish in each, and if they win are given an advantage that could help them in future rounds.

It’s a standard, by-the-numbers cooking competition.

3.4/10

Ghost Brothers (Destination America)

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Ghost Brothers (Destination America) – Starts 15th April – Renewed

Three friends who all have had encounters with ghosts team up to visit various haunted locations to perform the usual ghost based experiments and seance type shenanigans over an evening in the bid to make contact to any spirits.

It’s basically the same as any other ghost hunting programme, where the only thing that separates it from the others are the three ghost hunters who inbetween getting scared shitless, take the piss out of each other while making numerous references of how any black characters in horror films end up.

They do enough to make you wanna check out another episode.

4.5/10

Paranormal Lockdown (Destination America)

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Paranormal Lockdown (Destination America) – Starts 4th March – Renewed

Two paranormal investigators and their cameraman go and reside in a haunted building for 72 hours to gather as much evidence of otherworldly goings on as possible.

Armed with various instrumentation it all boils down to them and their guest visitors being scared by a couple of loud noises, along with some generous interpreting of recorded sounds. The main piece of “evidence” is a dark shadow moving that is instantly classed as a spirit even though it’s barely noticeable on the multiple playbacks they show.

Even for a ghost hunting show this is pretty flimsy, it’s not a patch on the genuinely funny, scared witless reactions of Ghost Stalkers.

2.6/10

The Demon Files (Destination America)

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The Demon Files (Destination America) – Starts 1st November

Standard Destination America style ghost hunting, where a chap heads off to a haunted location to exorcise it of the evil spirits that dwell there. Similar to shows like Ghost Asylum, the team conduct night time investigations that consist of wandering around the building taunting the spirits, then trying to make out ghostly voices from crackly recordings.

After they document their findings they then proceed to perform an exorcism, to which the folks that live in the building chat to camera saying that their home now longer seems to haunted.

2.5/10