YMMV / Lost Tapes


  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
  • Broken Base:
    • Whether the Enigma Corporation is an improvement to the show or the old continuity-free format is better.
    • The show is prime Snark Bait for many and many treat it as Animal Planet's first major sign of Network Decay, yet given the number of tropes the pages have and those willing to point out it does have some genuinely good episodes in all the blatant Narm does show the series has its fans.
  • Complete Monster: Charles Weatherly is the Big Bad of the poltergeist episode. Before becoming the titular poltergeist, Charles was a sadistic man who murdered his wife and children before turning the knife on himself. After his death, Charles began haunting his home as a poltergeist. When the Golden family moved in, Charles began haunting their son, Troy. After an incident in which Charles pushed a bookcase on top of Troy's older sister, a paranormal investigation team was called in. When the team witnessed a sleeping Troy's stuffed panda being turned into a knife, they moved the family out of the house and began their investigation. During the investigation, Charles possessed on the investigators, demanding they leave before killing her. When the leader of the investigators, Jeremy, made it clear they weren't going to leave, he killed the other member of the team and placed his body like a statue. When Jeremy concedes after the deaths of his followers, Charles leads him to Troy's room where he stabs him to death.
  • Creepy Awesome: Many of the cryptids.
  • Fridge Brilliance:
    • There's a reason the Jersey Devil might have a special desire to kill the pregnant mom.
    • How does the father in Vampire kill the titular creature? With a shard of wood—i.e, a wooden stake.
  • Growing the Beard: Depending on who you ask, it was either "Death Raptor", "Hellhound" or "Wendigo".
  • Idiot Ball:
    • The 3 cops in Zombies apparently are unfamiliar with the titular creatures, despite having witnessed their feral-like behavior, inability to die from long falls, bullets or even be affected by tasering, etc. And this is all after discovering a voodoo shrine.
    • The ATF agents in "Devil Monkey". Not only do they ignore strange animal calls and mangled human bodies, they go out unarmed and, obviously, end up killed by the titular creatures. The Sheriff has this to a lesser extent as, instead of blasting the damn thing with a shotgun, He turns around to tell the reporter to flee and then gets jumped. However he gains some sanity points, as he is Genre Savvy enough to not leave the local legend completely out of the equation and at least tries to hold the creature off.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Charles, the evil ghost in Poltergeist, crossed this in life when he murdered his own family in cold blood.
  • Narm Charm - Sometimes, the episodes fall flat on their faces (often with blatantly supernatural creatures). Other times, they manage to hit some actual tension (one featuring the giant monitor lizard Megalania and the Bigfoot episode) in the direction. Watching someone suffer from Blood Poisoning is pretty terrifying since that sort of thing can happen when bitten by certain venomous animals. Still, nothing can grant forgiveness of the terrible acting in the opening of Lizardman.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Sometimes, the show manages to break out of Narm Charm and actually work - Death Raptor, Vampire, Wendigo, Alien and Skin-Walker are genuinely scary.
  • Paranoia Fuel: The Wendigo; it eats humans, is super strong and can bend reality to get to you, so no matter where you run it will always find you and kill you.
    • After the Alien episode, do not be surprised if you start expecting your doctor to tell you that s/he hears two heartbeats inside of you at your daily check up.
    • The Owlman reaches near Slender Man levels of this, what with the fact that it spent a long time stalking an unfortunate old woman to the point that she was driven almost completely insane by it, traumatizing a young girl and somehow being aware of the presence of people who plan to get rid of it before they even show up.
    • The Reptilians are stated to be more advanced than us, masters of infiltration, and can take any form they wish. If they've marked you as their target, they will find you no matter where you hide. Call the cops? The sheriff is one of them. Run away? They can track you. Try to warn others? Nobody will believe you, unless they are Reptilians themselves. What's worse? We never find out what they want.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Admittedly, even the episodes that fall flat on their face can still be entertaining to watch, for one reason or another.
  • The Woobie: Some of our protagonists are genuinely tragic. Special mention goes to Su-Ann Mills and Hazel Van Lear from Death Raptor, both menaced by the titular monster and the latter being Driven to Madness in the process.


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