Posted by: Loren Coleman on October 30th, 2007
Please note, the times are incorrectly given in the program art (above). “MonsterQuest” begins at 10:00 PM Eastern, and is repeated often in the following days, at various times.
The History Channel debuts “MonsterQuest” Wednesday October 31st, 2007. The following is their press release regarding a summary of the series, and details on what is to be on each program.
I think it has been understated, but it should be noted the series is by Doug Hajicek (pronounced high-check) and his Whitewolf Entertainment, Inc. Haijcek previously wrote, produced, and directed Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science, which originally aired on the Discovery Channel on January 9, 2003, and Mysterious Encounters, which screened a series of 13 programs on the Outdoor Life Network in 2004.
From Bigfoot to Swamp Beast, Monsterquest reveals the truth of legendary monster sightings around the world. Deploying the latest in hi-tech equipment, each episode scientifically examines the best evidence available, from pictures and video, to hair and bones, as well as the eyewitness accounts themselves. From pilots to policemen to ship captains, a number of seemingly credible people have seen things they can’t explain. One part history, one part science and one part monsters, MonsterQuest discovers the truth behind these legendary monsters.
America’s Loch Ness Monster – Does a giant prehistoric creature lurk in Lake
Champlain? The locals nicknamed it Champ. Generations of eyewitnesses rumor to have seen the creature, a dinosaur-like animal, 15-25 feet long most resembling the extinct plesiosaur. Examine the mystery surrounding Lake Champlain as specially designed cameras search for the monster. Existing photographic evidence will also be put to the test.
Series Premiere October 31 at 10PM
Sasquatch Attack – Does Canada have its own Bigfoot? Owners of a fly-in fishing
cabin report attacks by an unknown creature. Can DNA tests on blood and tissue
from the alleged beast reveal its true identity? The test results will surprise
you. The best evidence available will be examined, from pictures and video, to
hair and bones. Scientists will be brought in to tell viewers what the evidence
reveals. Discover the truth behind these beasts and take a scientific look at
legendary creatures around the world.
Wednesday November 7th at 10PM
Giant Squid Found – Is the legend of the Kraken, a tentacled beast as large as a
whale, based on myth or a real creature? Take an expedition to the Sea of
Cortez, Mexico where fishermen regularly claim to encounter large schools of
giant squid. Watch as squid expert Scott Cassel uses lures with built-in cameras
in an attempt to video a Kraken-sized squid 1,000 feet below the ocean. What
Cassel and his team discover will make history.
Wednesday November 14th at 10PM
Birdzilla – Native Americans have long revered huge birds called Thunderbirds.
There was a rash of giant bird sightings in Illinois, Texas and Alaska back in
the 1970′s. A giant bird with a 15-foot wingspan allegedly attacked a small
child in Illinois. Could there really be a giant bird or is it mass hysteria?
Take a scientific journey and follow the many eyewitnesses’ accounts across the
country and examine the most compelling evidence.
Wednesday November 21st at 10PM
Bigfoot – Bigfoot has been sighted in Washington State more than any other place
on earth. Join an all-female expedition as they try to lure a Bigfoot within
range of their cameras. The 1967 Patterson footage will be reexamined using
digital microscopes that could reveal details that might prove if the beast is
real or a hoax.
Wednesday November 28th at 10PM
Mutant Canines – Man’s best friend is many times our last line of defense. But
something strange is killing Fido. In 2006, a rash of pets were killed in Maine
and Minnesota by a beast locals describe as a mutant. But there are more than
just stories, a creature was hit by a car and the body was found. This strange
looking creature will be DNA tested to see what it really is. And two
MonsterQuest winter expeditions will be launched to trap other dog killers still
Wednesday December 5th at 10PM
Lions in the Suburbs – Attacks by mountain lions make headlines across the U.S.
But some people say they are seeing something else…large black cats. From
Texas to Minnesota to West Virginia, MonsterQuest will follow the eyewitness
accounts and physical evidence of these demon cats. Pictures and law enforcement encounters prove a big black cat is out there but what is it? While they resemble a mountain lion, there is no such thing as a black mountain lion. Bones from a carcass, eyewitnesses claim was a huge black cat, will be put to the DNA test.
Wednesday December 12th at 10PM
Giant Fish – The movie Jaws scared an entire generation off of ocean
beaches…but there are monsters lurking in freshwater lakes and rivers too. Are
these just fish stories or are they real? From the Artic Circle to the Amazon,
MonsterQuest will launch expeditions to find the biggest and nastiest giant
fresh water fish. From catfish large enough to swallow kids whole to trout as
large as a boat. Scientists will deploy giant lures and underwater cameras in a
search for monster fish.
Wednesday December 19th at 10PM
Swamp Beast – The vast swamps of Louisiana and Florida hide many
animals…including a beast locals call The Swamp Creature. At 7 ft tall, with
red hair, and a rotten egg smell this beast has been nicknamed The Skunk Ape.
For the first time, bloodhounds will be used to track the elusive creature. And
sexual ape pheromone chips will be used to guide the bloodhounds to their prey.
Wednesday December 26th at 10PM
Stalin’s Ape Man – In 2006, the NY times revealed a devilish plan by Soviet
dictator Josef Stalin to create monsters by crossing humans with apes. But was
it real? And how far did he get? This MonsterQuest scientific journey will
travel to Russia to find out. We will also look at the many other efforts, both
by man and Mother Nature, to combine the strength of apes with the intelligence
of man. This is a real Frankenstein story& from head transplants in the U.S. to
cases of ape on human attacks. Man and Apes are not as different as you might
Wednesday January 2nd at 10PM
Creatures from the 4th Dimension – For decades cameras have been capturing
images of a flying, torpedo-like creature. So fast it cannot be seen with the
naked eye. Some think it is a military weapon, others believe it may be a
creature from another dimension. But just what is it? This MonsterQuest
scientific journey will use super high speed photography, physics and even a
wind tunnel experiment to shed light on a creature simply referred to as Rods.
Wednesday January 9th at 10PM
The Real Hobbit – A MonsterQuest expedition will deploy researchers and the
latest technology into the jungle, searching for evidence of a creature natives
describe as half man, half ape.
Wednesday January 16th at 10PM
American Werewolf – Eyewitnesses in Wisconsin and Michigan report seeing a tall hairy man – beast some describe as a dogman…a centuries old legend based on myth, not a real animal. But what are they seeing? MonsterQuest will deploy professional hunters and trackers in an area with recent sightings, armed with a tranquilizer gun. And for the first time eyewitness accounts will be put to the test, using polygraphs and hypnosis & the results will astonish.
Wednesday January 23rd at 10PM
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.