Scariest Places on Earth
Scariest Places on Earth is an American paranormal reality television series that originally aired from October 23, 2000, to October 29, 2006, on Fox Family, and later ABC Family. The show was hosted by Linda Blair, with narration by Zelda Rubinstein. The show featured reported cases of the paranormal by detailing the location's history, and then sending an ordinary family to visit the location in a reality TV-style vigil.
|Scariest Places on Earth|
|Presented by||Linda Blair|
|Narrated by||Zelda Rubinstein|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||41|
|Executive producer(s)||Steve Kroopnick|
|Running time||44–46 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Triage Entertainment|
|Original network||ABC Family|
|Original release||October 23, 2000 –|
October 29, 2006
The series is hosted by Linda Blair, and narrated by Zelda Rubinstein. Alan Robson acted as an on-site correspondent. While the show is set in numerous locations around the world, the interstitial featuring Blair and Robson were shot in Los Angeles, California.
In a 2001 interview with Larry King, host Blair explained the series:
When we were kids, we used to tell ghost stories, but as we've gotten older -- I have friends who are scientific researchers, and I ask them questions. My mother has passed on. I choose to think she is in a wonderful, other place that we all will go. But I think that some people are trapped here... Well, these are the places that people have talked about for years, and years, that they go in, and you physically feel something is wrong. Some people do see things. Whether it's in a mind, we don't know.
- Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama
- USS Hornet in Alameda, California
- Amargosa Opera House and Hotel in Death Valley Junction, California
- Mission La Purísima Concepción in Lompoc, California
- RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach, California
- Alcatraz Island in San Francisco, California
- Winchester Mansion in San Jose, California
- Cheesman Park in Denver, Colorado
- New London Ledge Light in New London, Connecticut
- Fort Pulaski in Chatham County, Georgia
- Savannah, Georgia
- McPike Mansion in Alton, Illinois
- Villisca Ax Murder House in Villisca, Iowa
- Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky
- Magnolia Plantation in Derry, Louisiana
- Westminster Hall and Burying Ground in Baltimore, Maryland
- Lizzie Borden House in Fall River, Massachusetts
- Metropolitan State Hospital in Waltham, Massachusetts
- Seul Choix Light in Manistique, Michigan
- Private residence in Johnstown, Missouri
- Goldfield Hotel in Goldfield, Nevada
- Thunderbird Lodge in Lake Tahoe, Nevada
- New Jersey Pine Barrens in New Jersey
- Dorsey Mansion in Springer, New Mexico
- Wilson Hall at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio
- Mansfield Reformatory in Ohio
- Hot Lake Resort in Hot Lake, Oregon
- Dixmont State Hospital in Sewickley, Pennsylvania
- Bunnyman Bridge in Fairfax County Virginia
- Shawnee Amusement Park in Lake Shawnee, West Virginia
- West Virginia State Penitentiary in Moundsville, West Virginia
The main controversy with the show was that it was accused of fabricating some of the aired events. According to the documentary crew for a film on the Villisca axe murders, the segment which profiled the murder site—the Josiah B. and Sara Moore House—contained numerous falsities; among the allegations were that it featured a fake newspaper reproduction, photos of an unknown family presented as the murder victims, and an actress posing as a town resident.
Additionally, the "Devil Hunters" crew featured in the segment on the Jersey Devil claimed that the segment which ran thirteen minutes in length, had been edited from two days' worth of footage, and that numerous details were sensationalized and/or added in post-production.
- Gray, Rich (2004). Click or Treat!: The Best of Halloween and Horror on the Internet. McFarland. p. 72. ISBN 978-0-786-41862-6.
- Blair, Linda (April 13, 2001). "Are There Ghosts?" (Transcript). Larry King Live. CNN. Retrieved September 28, 2017.
- "Hunt #10". The Devil Hunters - Official Researchers of the Jersey Devil. August 11, 2000. Archived from the original on December 28, 2008.
- "Regarding Fox's "Scariest Places" Program and Home Video and the Villisca Murders". Villiscamovie.com. Archived from the original on September 13, 2016.