All us humans have an affinity to things beyond our mortal understanding. That is probably why the entire paradigm of the supernatural fascinates us so vigorously. Understandably, the media has had a field day monetizing this fascination (weakness) of the masses, like it does with so many of our other kinks. ‘Portals to Hell’ is a similar media experiment aimed to tickle our horror fancies. Hosted by Jack Osbourne, the son of the ‘Prince of Darkness’ himself, and famed paranormal researcher Katrina Weidman, the Travel Channel show ‘Portals to Hell’ explores and investigates sites of some of the world’s most notorious hauntings and in particular those fabled to have a direct link to the Spirit Underworld. The primary motive behind the quest that drives the show is the intention to uncover the truth behind the reported hauntings and legends.
“I’ve been obsessed with the supernatural ever since I was a kid”, said host Jack Osbourne.The son of Ozzy Osbourne added “I’m excited to team up with Katrina to investigate the darkest, most sinister places on Earth. We’re walking headfirst into the heart of darkness– and we’re excited to take brave viewers with us.” Partner in crime Wiedman said, “For over a decade, my work in the paranormal field has brought me to the edge of the unknown…..as we explore these disturbing locations, these potential portals, Jack and I are determined to document as much as we can to try and uncover the source of these hauntings.” Read on to know all about this quest for evil.
Portals to Hell Cast: Who’s in it?
Since his appearance in the MTV reality tv show ‘The Osbournes’ as the geeky, younger brother, Jack Osbourne has sure come a long way. Post the show’s run on MTV, Jack pursued a career as a fitness and travel reporter, presenting shows such as ‘Jack Osbourne: Adrenaline Junkie’ and BBC’s ‘Saving Planet Earth’, and has produced Syfy’s ‘Haunted Highway’. Serving as the key producer behind ‘Portals to Hell’ as well, Jack further takes up responsibility as one of the series’ hosts. His partner in the quest for Underworld portals is paranormal researcher and investigator Katrina Wiedman. Famed in her field, Wiedman has previously worked on numerous cases of unexplained supernatural phenomena for A+E. Additionally, she has produced and co-hosted the TLC and Destination America show ‘Paranormal Lockdown’. The show follows the two hosts as they travel to sites infamous for their sordid past, and reported paranormal activities.
Portals to Hell Plot: What’s it about?
Shot in a documentary format, ‘Portals to Hell’ follows hosts Jack Osbourne and Katrina Weidman, in their quest to uncover the truth behind the infamy of some of the most haunted sites in America. Often, these sites have been purported to be portals to the Underworld. While describing the show in its press release, Travel Channel’s had this to say: “Hauntings exist all over the world, but there are a few locations with sordid pasts and dark histories that are especially sinister and purported to be doorways to the spirit underworld. In Travel Channel’s new series ‘Portals to Hell’ television personality and executive producer Jack Osbourne, and paranormal researcher and investigator Katrina Wiedman, join forces to explore this phenomenon, investigating each haunted location in search of irrefutable evidence that a spirit world exists, and death is not the end.”
Comprising of eight, one-hour long episodes, the show features a separate haunted location in each of its installments. The first episode of the show takes hosts Jack and Katrina to the allegedly haunted Alaskan Hotel in Juneau, Alaska. Established as a gold mining hotel, the Alaskan hotel was initially built for luxury. However, a notorious past of crime and prostitution, has fed to its infamous reputation of a hub for demonic activities.
As the team begins its investigations, things take an unexpected turn to a more sinister side. Titled ‘Twin City Opera House’, the following episode, takes the team to the sleepy town McConnelsville, Ohio– home of the Twin City Opera House. In what can be called a real life case of Phantom of the Opera, this majestic, old theater is long rumored to be haunted by a host of sordid spirits. Retired police officer, Eric Glosser turns to Jack and Katrina for backup after he gets attacked by an aggressive force while conducting an investigation. The third episode ‘Bobby Mackey’s Music World’, takes the team to the mid-west state of Kentucky. Home to a country honky-tonk by the name of Bobby Mackey, it is considered by many to be the most haunted place on Earth, and the location of an actual portal to hell. Special guest, psychic Cindy Kaza joins the investigation and receives a dire warning: the team is in serious danger.