28 Days Haunted review – spooky series is a serious scare fest

By Romey Norton
Published: October 21, 2022 (Last updated: January 12, 2024)
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Teams of paranormal investigators test the 28-day cycle theory in America’s most haunted locations. I watched through my fingers, and I jumped so hard my slipper flew off. 

It’s Horror month, so of course, Netflix releases a Horror reality series – this is our official review of 28 Days Haunted season 1.

Who doesn’t love watching a team of semi-brave people going through haunted locations in the dark, searching for evidence of the paranormal? I absolutely love these horror-reality series, from Most Haunted to Ghost Adventures, hoping to get a glimpse of a ghost or just to see people screaming and running. Series like this always have a good mix between serious and seriously ridiculous.

Around Halloween, it’s no surprise that Netflix has now jumped on the spooky bandwagon and released the series 28 Days Haunted.

In this series, we watch three separate teams attempt to spend twenty-eight days in some of America’s most haunted locations, taking on paranormal experiments based on the theories of Ed and Lorraine Warren

If you’re a paranormal investigator fan, there are some fairly well-known paranormal investigators, including Shane Pittman and Sean Austin, taking part in this series, so it’s not just your average Joe going in for a laugh. You can tell they take this extremely seriously.

Demonologists, Ed and Lorraine, were one of the most renowned paranormal investigators of our time. They’ve investigated high-end cases such as The Amityville and Annabelle, the famous cursed doll, which have inspired films of similar names.

Following in their footsteps, this series shows us some important advancements in investigating what happens after we die. Ed and Lorraine had a theory that it takes 28 days to break the veil between the living and the dead, and they called it the “28 day cycle”.

Here we have a mix between psychic mediums, demonologists, and paranormal enthusiasts all attempting to put this theory to the test. If they’re successful this will change the way we see and investigate the paranormal. 

It’s scary. This series had me jumping and my jaw dropping. The team is putting themselves in a situation where they face extreme isolation and trauma, and I know I couldn’t do it.

Even in the first episode one of them gets into a coffin, blindfolded, to try and get closer to their energy. I wouldn’t be brave enough to do this in the daytime, let alone in a haunted house at night. They’re not allowed any outside contact, and before they go to the location they are blindfolded and not told anything. I like this as they can’t have any preempted opinions or influences, and can’t try to kid an audience. 

They talk us through how they investigate, the tools they use, such as a spirit box and rem pods, their abilities, and what they have experienced in the past. The teams all experience some seriously spooky stuff, and there were times I was hiding behind my hands watching. We do learn about the history of the properties after the investigators have given what they believe to have happened, and they are all pretty spot on. 

There is a mixture between good spirits and evil spirits that come into play here. Will all the teams last the 28 days? I won’t spoil it for you, but it’s worth watching to find out.

This series has six episodes lasting roughly thirty minutes each, which means you can binge-watch them all in one night, so close those curtains, turn off the lights and see if you can survive the night.

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