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The Dead Files

The Dead Files

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Photo Credit:  The Travel Channel
  • Premiered: 
    September 23, 2011
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  • Network: Travel
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Supernatural/Paranormal
  • Tags: travel

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Plot Synopsis

Physical medium Amy Allan and retired NYPD homicide detective Steve Di Schiavi separately investigate unexplained paranormal phenomena in haunted locations across America so that they don't influence each other's investigation, and then come together to combine their findings and arrive at one undeniable -- and often terrifying -- conclusion. Amy uses her abilities to communicate with the dead, often assuming their role and reliving their death; while Steve uses his years of detective experience to search for physical evidence. Amy, who was mentored by world-renowned para-psychologist Dr William Roll, has always been on a journey to unravel the mysteries of the unexplained. and she has worked with private investigators, police agencies and has conducted more than 350 investigations in both private homes and businesses. Since he served more than 21 years in the New York City Police Department, Steve relies on his police training and experience to explore each property, questioning the owners about the building's past before gathering more facts from local historians, police investigators and by tracking down past owners of the property.

On Friday, March 8, 2013 at 10pm ET/PT on Travel Channel, THE DEAD FILES stirred up a new season, with a new episode featuring a couple and their five-year-old son are overwhelmed with the frightening experiences in their Egg Harbor, NJ, home. THE DEAD FILES returned for a new season on Friday, November 1, 2013 at 10pm ET/PT, investigating a case with a military veteran's family being threatened by paranormal activity. Immediately after the season premiere, Travel Channel aired a one-hour special, THE DEAD FILES: Q&A, during which Steve and Amy responded to viewers' most frequently asked questions about the series, including Amy's abilities and Steve's skepticism.

On Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 10pm ET/PT, Travel Channel aired the Season 6 premiere of THE DEAD FILES, as Amy and Steve head back on the road to help beleaguered homeowners as they uncover paranormal histories and mysteries buried within all-new haunted locations. In the season premiere, Steve DiSchiavi and Amy Allan travel to Florida City, FL -- a town ravaged by Hurricane Andrew in 1992 -- to help a frightened family terrorized by disturbing paranormal activity. In subsequent episodes, the duo investigate paranormal activity in: Abilene, TX; Chester Springs, PA; Flint, MI; Ft. Barnwell, NC; Hanover, PA; Leslie, MI; Roseburg, OR; Santa Paula, CA; St. Louis, MO; Sumpter, OR; Toledo, OH; and Warsaw, IN.

THE DEAD FILES returned for its seventh season on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 10pm ET/PT on Travel Channel. In the season opener, "Guardians of the Dead," Steve and Amy travel to Montego Bay, Jamaica in their first international investigation, as they investigate a deadly legend and frightening claims of paranormal activity at a tropical resort. Season 8 of THE DEAD FILES premiered on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 10pm ET/PT on Travel Channel. In the season opener, "Toys for the Dead: Butte, Montana," Steve and Amy investigate violent paranormal activity at an historic brothel in Butte, Montana. In subsequent episodes, the duo investigate threatening paranormal activity at: a frightened family's home in Mayfield, Kentucky; a small-town hotel in Grass Valley, California; a distraught mother's home in Lake Jackson, Texas; and many more haunted locations across the United States. On Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 10pm ET/PT, Travel Channel premiered the ninth season of THE DEAD FILES. In the season opener, "The Sacrifice: East Flat Rock, North Carolina," Steve and Amy investigate distressing paranormal activity at a home in North Carolina. In subsequent episodes, the duo investigate: dangerously disturbing paranormal activity at a family home in Gates, NC; chilling paranormal activity at a family's home in Estill Springs, Tennessee; paranormal activity affecting the emotions of a mother and daughter in secluded St. Charles, Michigan; a terminally ill woman's claims that aggressive paranormal activity is ripping her family apart in Youngstown, Ohio; and more.

On Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 10pm ET/PT, Travel Channel premiered the eighth season of THE DEAD FILES. In the season opener, "Hell in the Heartland: Kearney, Missouri," Steve and Amy investigate violent paranormal activity at a family home in the small town of Kearney, Missouri. During their separate investigations, Steve tracks down the history of a ruthless Civil War-era gang leader, while Amy encounters several deceased individuals, including a trapped male spirit and a dead woman capable of physically assaulting the living.

On Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 10pm ET/PT, Travel Channel premiered the ninth season of THE DEAD FILES. In the season opener, "Triggered: Flint, Michigan," Steve and Amy investigate paranormal activity harassing a young family in Flint, MI. While Steve's investigation of the property exposes a family man with a murderous past, Amy confronts a sinister entity that preys on the vulnerable.

Travel Channel premiered "Taken: Mahwah, New Jersey," the Season 10 opener of THE DEAD FILES on Friday, June 15, 2018 at 10pm ET/PT. Steve and Amy investigate claims that a family of six is being destroyed by paranormal activity. During her walk, Amy encounters a woman hellbent on attacking everyone in the house and a group of demonic entities capable of possessing the living.
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Travel Channel premiered a 10-episode new season of THE DEAD FILES on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 10pm ET/PT, with homicide detective Steve DiSchiavi and physical medium Amy Allan. In every episode, DiSchiavi and Allan first investigate each case separately. Utilizing his detective skills, DiSchiavi interviews witnesses and experts, and researches the history and facts behind each location. Allan, a physical medium who sees and communicates with the dead, assesses the property to identify what underlying entities reside there. Keeping their findings hidden from each other, the team avoids all contact with one another -- coming together only at the very end to reveal their shocking discoveries to the property owners, and each other. In the season opener, "Darkness Rises," DiSchiavi and Allan investigate a frightened woman's claims that decades of paranormal activity in her Tonawanda, New York, home has now become dangerously violent. During their separate investigations, DiSchiavi uncovers the story of a twisted teenager who poisoned several children, while Allan's walk reveals a dark entity focused on tormenting the living.

"I've seen a lot of things throughout my career, but the cases this season shock even me," said DiSchiavi. "These families need our help, and for many, we're their last hope. Amy and I are determined to bring them the answers they need to move forward."

"I never know what I'm going to encounter when I go into these places, and it can be terrifying," added Allan. "But providing much-needed information for these homeowners, and giving them the tools to overcome these hauntings once and for all, is the ultimate payoff."

Other episodes in the new season include::

"Demon Seed" (Premieres Thursday, July 18 at 10pm ET/PT): Steve DiSchiavi and Amy Allan travel to Gatesville, Texas, where a couple is being tormented by demonic entities hellbent on destroying their home and their grandchildren. During their separate investigations, DiSchiavi uncovers the dark and sordid history of a boys' reformatory turned female prison, while Allan encounters a vicious serpent-like entity that is set on contaminating the souls of all who inhabit the property.

"The Watchers" (Premieres Thursday, July 25 at 10pm ET/PT): Steve DiSchiavi and Amy Allan travel to Blue Springs, Missouri, where a mother fears for the safety of her children as unseen forces torment them on a daily basis. During their separate investigations, DiSchiavi discovers the property was the scene of a gruesome murder-suicide in the 1960s, while Allan encounters the spirit of a dead man who has a deep resentment towards women and children.

"Not My Child" (Premieres Thursday, August 1 at 10pm ET/PT): Steve DiSchiavi and Amy Allan travel to Jefferson City, Missouri, where a family has had to abandon their new home in order to escape the intense paranormal activity inside of it. Even worse, they're worried their young daughter has been possessed by one of the dark entities tormenting them.

"Lost Souls" (Premieres Thursday, August 8 at 10pm ET/PT): Steve and Amy travel to New London, WI, where a family is on the brink of destruction due to powerful paranormal activity. The parents fear that one of their children may have summoned a demonic entity through a spirit board.

"Evil Comes Home" (Premieres Thursday, August 15 at 10pm ET/PT): Steve and Amy travel to Colorado Springs, CO, to aid a team of paranormal investigators who fear they brought violent activity home from one of their investigations. Both women have reached a boiling point and need answers before things turn deadly.

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Painless Entertainment