The BEST Episodes of Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Oct 12, 2019
Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files is set to revolutionize paranormal programming by investigating the evidence witnesses post on the Internet every day. Have you ever seen a photo or video online and wondered, "Is this real?" This is the show that will answer that question. Heading up the Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files team is Ben Hansen, a former FBI agent who found that his love of the paranormal was greater than his love for the Agency. Now, he leads a young team of intrepid investigators who will convene to dissect the latest unusual images and decide whether they merit further investigation. Grainy videos will be brought to life using the latest in 3D modeling, and Ben will make the final choice which cases will require a trip into the field. Once an investigation is underway, the team will talk to witnesses, carry out experiments using the latest in high tech detection devices, collect physical samples, and determine whether a case should be debunked, or whether it's a baffling paranormal mystery that might even put the team in danger. It's all in a day's work for the dogged investigators of Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files.
#1 - Bar Fright & Mexico City Cave Witch
Season 2 - Episode 12
Purported poltergeist activity in a Texas bar is probed; footage of a flying witch is scrutinized in Mexico.
#2 - Old West Haunting & Freeway Flyer
Season 2 - Episode 11
Footage from the Bird Cage Theater in Tombstone, Ariz., is scrutinized; a UFO sighting over a Los Angeles freeway is probed.
#3 - Thermal Theater Ghost & Fire In The Sky
Season 2 - Episode 2
One of the hottest cases this week comes from Jacksonville, Florida, from the historic Florida Theatre. Bill, Austin and Chi-Lan head to this reported hotbed of paranormal activity to get to the bottom of an amazing video: A local expert, Steve Christian, was conducting a paranormal investigation in the theater when he caught, on camera, a figure seated in the balcony - waving. Ben, Devin and Jael, meanwhile, have also been down south, searching for the truth behind a reported UFO sighting. What's special about this one is that there's video of a flare descending toward Earth, splitting into three lights, and then hovering for a period.
#4 - Reptile Rampage & Gasoline Ghoul
Season 2 - Episode 18
Evidence to support sightings of a reptilian creature in South Carolina is sought. Also: Footage of alleged paranormal activity captured at a gas station in Ohio is scrutinized.
#5 - Lunar Landing Hoax & Tropical Intruder
Season 1 - Episode 11
SYNOPSIS: PART 1: Attempts to shed light on a conspiracy theory. Determined from video evidence whether or not the Apollo moon landings were really a spectacular hoax. PART 2: Investigates alleged footage of a strange burger shaped UFO from Gulf Breeze, Florida. Apparently a hot spot for activity. OTHER CASES: Purported Mothman footage from a back yard in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Alleged Texas explosions, footage of flashing explosions in the sky.
#6 - Sasquatch Sprint & Alien Attacker
Season 1 - Episode 9
SYNOPSIS: PART 1: Case in Washington to track down Big Foot after reviewing video of a gorilla like creature running across the field. PART 2: The team investigate video of a purported encounter of the 3rd kind. The case of Jonathan Reed claiming to be out with his dog when an alien rips his dog apart. OTHER CASES: Purported footage of the so called Mothman in Ohio captured from the wind shield of a car. Also dubbed the Guardian UFO, a colourful pulsating glowing light in the night sky, Canada.
#7 - Playground Poltergeist & Alien Intruder
Season 2 - Episode 4
To get the truth, sometimes you have to travel halfway around the world. That's why this week, Jael, Austin and Bill fly to the small town of Firmat, Argentina to uncover the explanation of a swing that, for four years, has appeared to be moving on its own. Ben, Chi-Lan and Devin, meanwhile, have been speaking with a Florida man, David Eckhart, and his wife, Jean, about their frequent experiences with unknowable forces. The couple say they've been visited by aliens for years, citing loss of time and mass migrations of worms in their driveway. They have two videos to back up their claims, and Ben and his team intend to discover their authenticity.
#8 - Raining Ufo's & Ectoplasmic Pic
Season 2 - Episode 3
Ben, Jael and Austin head to Long Beach, CA, where the video of an unidentified object flying over the harbor, seeming to drop glowing seeds into the water, was recorded. Chi-Lan, Bill and Devin, meanwhile, have been digging into a decades-old mystery of a Winnipeg man who claimed to have captured ectoplasm - a ghostly substance said to be produced by a medium during a séance - on camera at the turn of the last century.
#9 - Sinister Spirals & Flying Saucers
Season 2 - Episode 9
A flying saucer case from Santa Ana, Cal., is investigated; claims attributed to "flying rods" in Joplin, Mo., are probed.
#10 - The Real Battle of LA & Queen Mary Menace
Season 2 - Episode 1
After reviewing the week's finds, Devin goes with Ben and Jael to attempt to unearth the truth behind a famous photo taken by an LA Times photographer in 1942, just after the Pearl Harbor attack and five years before the Roswell incident, of an object flying through the night sky. Chi-Lan, Bill and Austin, meanwhile, investigate the Queen Mary Ghost in Long Beach, where the famous ship has been moored since the '60s.
#11 - Mystery Mermaid & Ghostly Guardian
Season 1 - Episode 10
SYNOPSIS: PART 1: The team undertake an underwater investigation of alleged mermaids at the Great Barrier Reef. PART 2: Hunting for a family ghost who seems to appear as mist in the family photos. OTHER CASES: "Lake Erie Lights", UFO's filmed for 8 straight days performing manoeuvres in Cleveland. Also what looks as video from a police car dash cam apparently captures a ghost crossing the road. Finally Hawaiian UFO video, 3 lights moving in formation across the sunset revealed to be hoax footage.
#12 - Haunted Mansion Mist & Starlight Intruder
Season 1 - Episode 7
SYNOPSIS: PART 1: McPike Mansion, a well known haunted house in Illinois where some local ghost hunters caught what appears to be an apparition of mist on film. PART 2: An attempt to debunk an alleged delta shaped UFO with 5 lights moving fast through the skies of Fremont, California. OTHER CASES: Sand circle footage similar to a crop circle from near Texas, although it's revealed to be an art project. Also "Beast of Gum Hill", a big foot video from 2009 in Virginia.
#13 - Vanishing Victim & Sky Serpent
Season 2 - Episode 15
The team visits England to examine footage of an alleged alien abduction and a flaming, serpentine object in the sky.
#14 - Dashcam Chupacabra & Nightly News Alien
Season 2 - Episode 5
Ben, Chi-Lan and Devin head to Texas on a hunt for the blood-sucking cryptid known as the chupacabra. The local sherrif saw a strange, unidentifiable animal running down a country road, and murmurs of the chupacabra swelled up around the video she shot from her vehicle. Jael, Austin and Bill, meanwhile, are looking into what seems to be an alien walking plainly through a shot from a local news segment in Patagonia, Argentina, where UFO and alien sightings are frequent.
#15 - UFO Crash Landing & Graveyard Ghost
Season 2 - Episode 7
A purported UFO crash is investigated in New Mexico; a graveyard ghost sighting in Nevada is probed.
#16 - The Grim Sleeper & The Real Mr. Freeze
Season 2 - Episode 13
Among the cases brought in by the team this week are two Fact or Faked firsts: A video of a paranormal force causing a woman to levitate from her bed, and a case of a human performing paranormal feats. To investigate the levitating woman, Bill, Devin, and Lanisha head to Atlanta, GA to the home of JoMarie, with whom the woman in the video, Diane, was staying at the time. The bedroom has since been converted to an office, but JoMarie arranges the space so that Bill, Devin, and Lanisha can build a model bed and run some experiments with the original camera used. The first experiment is a simple lever that will lift Lanisha up from underneath, making it look like a force is suspending her by her torso. The movement is wrong, however, and Lanisha has to strain and use her muscles in order to make it look smooth. Next, they try a cantilever arm, which is the mechanism magicians use to make it look like people are levitating. The movement still looks choppy, and the direction of the force is wrong. The only choice is to build a multiple anchor point pulley system. After hours of work, Lanisha lies down in the rig as Devin and Bill work the pulleys and lift her off the bed. It's an excellent match – the movement, the positioning - the only problem is the visibility of the wires, but with a little video manipulation, they're able to make the wires disappear. Additionally, voice analysis of Diane reveals high stress levels, indicating a hoax. The next case regards superhuman abilities. Wim Hof, a Dutch man known as The Ice Man, has been setting records for years for his ability to endure extreme cold, including submerging himself in a tub of ice on a crowded New York City street, and running a half marathon near the arctic circle. Ben, Jael, and Austin all find it difficult to believe, so they set up a tank filled halfway with a material called polysorb II, a powder which, when mixed with water, looks like ice but is nowhere near as cold. But when they fill the rest of the tank with ice, it's clear that any passerby would have noted the difference. Next, Ben and Austin run, shirtless and barefoot, around an ice rink in an attempt to recreate Wim's arctic run. But, they only last a few minutes before frostbite and mild hypothermia set in. The Ice Man has bested them on two tests so far - it's time to meet him in person. Wim tells them that, over years of training, he's been able to condition the muscles that control his blood vessels to relax in extreme situations, making him impervious to cold. He and Austin go head-to-head in their own tanks of ice, with a medic close by to monitor their temperature and heart rates. After about five minutes, Austin's vital signs start to fluctuate, while Wim's hold steady. Austin manages to stick it out to the twenty-minute mark, but they leave the experiment with the clear understanding that The Ice Man is not a hoax, but a paranormal human being.
#17 - Bayou Beast & River Ghost
Season 1 - Episode 12
SYNOPSIS: PART 1: The alleged "Honey Island Swamp Monster" is investigated by one team in Louisiana, Bayou. PART 2: Undertakes a case from Oregon's Willamette River. Strange light witnessed by many, changing colour, moving erratically that submerges into the river. OTHER CASES: Incredible Ice vortex footage that appeared for hours in Gaspe, Quebec. Christmas ghost footage pointed out to be merely lens flare. Haunted house video from Toronto of girl in Victorian clothes turns out to be hoaxed, publicity stunt.
#18 - Unwanted Visitors & Strange Sightings
Season 1 - Episode 2
SYNOPSIS: PART 1: Arizona UFO sightings, a detailed silver saucer captured in broad daylight near Lake Havasu. PART 2: Strange pair of tall skinny creatures caught on night-vision video get's looked into. OTHER CASES: Video from Israel showing what appears as 2 colliding UFO's. Also a woman walks away unscathed from a horrific car accident, a ghostly image is taken from the wreckage. Finally the dubbed Gettysburg Ghost.
#19 - Stonehenge Secrets & Iceland Worm Monster
Season 2 - Episode 24
Josh Gates joins the team in Iceland to examine footage of what may be an aquatic creature. Also: Pro wrestler Kofi Kingston helps with a Stonehenge investigation in the Season 2 finale.
#20 - The Caretaker & Cutter
Season 1 - Episode 6
SYNOPSIS: PART 1: Investigating an alleged ghost of a Civil War deserter videoed in an Indiana cemetery. PART 2: Colorado where livestock are being mutilated by an unknown predator, while strange lights appear in the night sky. OTHER CASES: An unbelievable video of a UFO abducting an aircraft mid flight, although no reports of missing aircraft in question. Alleged apparition footage from haunted Linda Vista Hospital. Purported video of so called Skunk Ape (Florida Big Foot).
#21 - Into the Vortex & Tavern Shapeshifter
Season 2 - Episode 22
The Oregon Vortex is probed. Also: An English pub is visited after a security camera captures the image of what may be a ghost.
#22 - Asylum Apparition & Mystery Over Mexico
Season 2 - Episode 10
Visiting Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville to investigate a video of a purported ghost sighting; UFO sightings over Mexico are probed.
#23 - Whaley Ghost House & Muck Monster
Season 2 - Episode 6
One team travels to San Diego to investigate claims of paranormal activity in the Whaley House, which some say is the most haunted home in the US. Meanwhile, the other team looks into footage captured by a local family of an unknown creature which is said to inhabit Florida's Loxahatchee River.
#24 - Area 51 & Cajun Apparition
Season 2 - Episode 8
The allegedly haunted Myrtles Plantation in Louisiana is visited; UFO footage linked to Area 51 is scrutinized.
#25 - Symphonic Spirits & Hovering Humanoids
Season 1 - Episode 8
SYNOPSIS: PART 1: The team goes to Valentown Museum to investigate an alleged apparition & haunting. PART 2: Purported video of a humanoid like figure flying through the air leads the team to Texas. OTHER CASES: Strange forest lights, phenomena reported for the last 800 years the "Brown Mountain Lights" in Western North Carolina. Also a viral internet video from LA showing arms emerging from the ceiling is scrutinised.