Ed Warren was a self-taught ghost hunter, and his wife Lorraine was a spiritual medium, and their mythology led to the classic horror films The Amityville Horror and The Conjuring. The paranormal pioneers will be featured in Travel Channel’s upcoming Devil’s Road: The True Story of Ed and Lorraine Warren. The two-hour special is the first in a new umbrella series called Shock Docs, which are scheduled to air throughout the fall. The special premieres on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7.
“In these ‘shockumentaries,’ we start at the beginning and explore why these places and cases remain the most famous – and the most haunted – in the country,” Travel Channel General Manager Matthew Butler, said in a statement. Each installment goes to the heart of a true American horror story. They also give a glimpse at history.
The Shock Docs will “journeys back to the most infamous horror cases our country has ever known, taking a fresh look at true and terrifying tales of paranormal encounters,” according to the press statement. They will begin with the backstory on the nation’s first modern-day paranormal investigators.
The Devil’s Road: The True Story of Ed and Lorraine Warren advance press says the Warrens investigated thousands of hauntings over the course of their 50-year career. Besides the Amityville Horror house and the real-life Rhode Island home behind The Conjuring films, the pair documented several other high profile hauntings including the Bridgeport Poltergeist. The special features interviews with their daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Tony Spera, who share never-before-broadcast audio of Ed conducting interviews for the Bridgeport, Connecticut, poltergeist case.
The “unassuming couple who devoted their lives to battling demonic forces inhabiting families or homes” made numerous TV appearances during the 1970s and 1980s, discussing their findings and “spreading the word about the paranormal and preternatural worlds that exist all around us,” according to the press statement. “Their life’s mission: to prove the existence of good and evil; God and the devil. Along the way, they pioneered many techniques still used in the field today, including audio and visual recording devices, advanced electromagnetic devices and even produced their own television show.”
The special will also include a rare video of the Warrens helping a young woman coming under demonic possession. Tony also granted the production access to his catalog of footage from his television series, Seekers of the Supernatural, which includes hours of Ed and Lorraine discussing their work.
The true-life hauntings of the “Amityville Horror House” and “The Exorcism of Roland Doe” will also be featured in installments of Shock Docs later this fall.
Devil’s Road: The True Story of Ed and Lorraine Warren premieres Monday, Sept. 7 at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel.