Series / A Haunting
is a ghost-related Docudrama
series airing on the Discovery Channel
from October 2005 to November 2007 and resuming October 2012 on Destination America. Each episode features a story that may or may not
be grounded in reality. The story is reenacted by actors on camera and interviews with the eyewitnesses are featured in the hour-long program. The locations and intensity of any given haunting varies from episode to episode. Sometimes features Spooky Seances
and Spirit Advisers.
The show A Haunting shows examples of the following tropes:
- Abandoned Laboratory: Featured in several episodes.
- Big Fancy House: Usually at low, low prices.
- Cat Scare
- Christianity Is Catholic: Averted. Catholic priests do appear to perform exorcisms, but other types of ministers also help combat the hauntings.
- We've also seen clergy members from numerous other belief systems. In one rare instance, the victim in question called in a pair of Wiccan priests to perform a cleansing. Unfortunately, it only made things worse.
- Creepy Basement
- Creepy Cemetery
- Crossover: One of the episodes, "Gateway to Hell," features the location of Bobby Mackey's Music World. This location has been shown in multiple other paranormal investigative features, including Ghost Adventures.
- The Johnson family in the episode "Echoes of the Past" were also featured in the Ghost Hunters episode "Shadow People".
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Often used as back story.
- Cute Ghost Girl: Or young at least.
- Demonic Possession
- Don't Go in the Woods
- Electromagnetic Ghosts: In most of the episodes, ghosts mess with amplifiers, televisions, radios, drills, cars, and toys.
- Eldritch Abomination: Some of the demons that are shown approach this if not nearly completely embodying it.
- Extremely Dusty Home: Or dirty house, whichever.
- Footprints of Muck
- Ghostly Chill: Occasionally.
- Ghost Story: The premise of the show.
- Haunted Heroine: Or Hero
- Haunted House: About half the episodes are set in houses, including both of the pilot episodes. The rest are set in a variety of locations, including cemeteries, bars, and even a haunted apartment. On rare occasions, it's the people themselves who are haunted.
- Haunted House Historian: They pop up in a lot of the episodes.
- Humanoid Abomination: Some of the ghosts and demons when they make themselves known or seen border if not embody this trope fully.
- Indian Burial Ground: The cause of a number of hauntings from the show.
- I See Dead People: Four or five of the episodes feature children who are shown conversing with the Ghost of the Week.
- Several episodes also deal with people coming to accept their ability to see dead people.
- Jump Scare: Comes with the nature of the show.
- Living Shadow: Some of the hauntings feature this, but the eponymous Big Bad in "The Shadowman" embodies this to a T.
- Monster Clown
- Our Vampires Are Different: Man from Demon Child looks oddly vampiric with his utterly pale skin and disturbing facial features. He's apparently some sort of ghostly vampire that becomes stronger by corrupting young victims into malice. Whatever he is, its very clear that the consequences of failing to get rid of him with this trope in mind could be dire indeed.
- Spooky Photographs: Used to tell what is present in the house.
- Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: Several have been shown, usually demonic.