Fact or Faked's Jael de Pardo and Devin Marble want you to know that their new Syfy reality series, Haunted Highway, has more in common with The Blair Witch Project than it does with all those other paranormal shows on the air these days ... complete with them getting lost in the woods while on a paranormal hunt.
"The difference with this show is that we're out there documenting a lot of this phenomena on our own," said de Pardo. "We go out as two separate teams and we're documenting it with our own cameras. It's a road trip of sorts. And we go to these destinations, the backroads of the United States, and essentially we're filming our own documentary."
"I have never worked on a show like this before, and what makes it unique is that there is absolutely nothing to get in the way of us finding what's potentially haunted out there," said Marble. "It's just me, Jael and the cameras in our hands. And that kind of seclusion is really going to give the show a unique feel ... Blair Witch kind of started the found-footage genre, and that's essentially what this show is. I mean, we just took that and made it as real as possible."
Haunted Highway follows two teams of investigators, de Pardo and Marble, and Jack Osbourne and his investigating partner, Dana Workman, as they each take on one legendary case.
In the first episode of the series, which premieres tonight at 10 p.m., it's a creature hunt for the two teams. Osbourne and Workman do an underwater investigation for the Bear Lake Beast in Utah, and de Pardo and Marble head to the woods of Vergas, Minn., to find the Hairy Man, a Bigfoot-type creature.
On their investigations, "Devin and I filmed everything," said de Pardo. There's no cameraman, sound person, medic or producer to fall back on. "So not only are we aware of the investigation, but we're also trying to stay aware and conscious of the cameras and getting the shots. There's more elements that are involved that we're actually staying abreast of throughout the investigation."
"One of the hardest things about being secluded is that we're literally in places where there's zero lights and only stars and it's completely dark. And sometimes it's very difficult to find each other again, because there are times when we don't have walkies on us or whatnot," said Marble. "You'll have to see the show to see what happens, but sometimes that's the hardest thing, is getting separated and staying safe and finding each other again."
Staying safe was their utmost concern this season as de Pardo, Marble, Osbourne and Workman dug into ghost and creature legends that took them to North Dakota, Montana, Arkansas and Louisiana in their search for ghosts, hell hounds, skin walkers and a swamp woman.
While running into Bigfoot or a ghost might have a scary factor, there are other things that go bump in the night that present just as big a danger.
"The lights and the noise and the commotion that is made from a large production crew is just not something that we have on this show. So it's very easy for you to be right next to nature, something like an animal and potentially a cryptid of some sort," he said.
"You go to a location that has a list [of dangerous wildlife] like cottonmouths, rattlesnakes, alligators, leeches, the water moccasin, and poisonous spiders—and on top of that, you're not looking for any one of those things," Marble added. "You're looking for something that's supposed to be more dangerous. And those are the locations when you're really on your toes. And then when something happens, it's by far the most startling for sure."
"It's just us and the darkness," said de Pardo.
Here's a preview of Haunted Highway:
Haunted Highway airs on Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. on Syfy.
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