Lost Tapes: New Series

Posted by: Loren Coleman on October 17th, 2008

I just had a long talk with Doug Segal, the executive producer of a new Animal Planet series beginning in January 2009. It is a program about cryptids, and of footage of them, entitled “Lost Tapes.” The first two episodes are having a sneak preview on Halloween 2008.

Here is the PR that has slipped out:


Thursday, October 30, from 4pm – 10pm ET/PT

There’s nothing cuddly about this Animal Planet marathon! Tune in for the creepiest Howl-O-Ween yet, including a sneak peek of an all-new Animal Planet series, “Lost Tapes,” from 9-10 PM (ET/PT). Even in the modern age, reports of human encounters with mysterious and often dangerous beasts continue to surface. “Lost Tapes” is a first person, immersive experience of encounters with bizarre animals that science is reluctant to recognize – in our waters, in our woods, and in our skies – they live among us – you will believe. (Genres: Animals/Wildlife, Holiday, Marathon, Special)

Segal told me the first two episodes shown are on Bigfoot and Chupacabras.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. 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. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

13 Responses to “Lost Tapes: New Series”

  1. timi_hendrix responds:


    I am totally excited for this!
    Hope I can see it in Canada!

  2. Ceroill responds:

    Sounds potentially interesting, Loren. Thanks for the heads-up.

  3. Found_One responds:

    Going to watch, but I can’t imagine they have anything we haven’t already seen.

    Expecting the same old videos, or some new fake ones.

  4. cliffhanger042002 responds:

    Sounds pretty good to me, I’m definitely going to set a reminder for that when I get home this evening. I personally think that Animal Planet does a great job with their programming. My wife loves to watch the Animal Cops and Animal Precinct shows, she wears those out, so this will be a nice break from the usual on AP. I’ll also be glad when the entire season starts in ’09, get even more of a break from her animal cop shows, lol. I need my own tv… Thanks for the info Loren.

  5. Crypto-Enthused responds:

    Hey Loren,
    On a similar note. I am a life long Rhode Island resident and all of my life I have heard sporadic stories from friends, aquaintances and relatives about a local Man-Beast legend but haven’t seen anything of it mentioned in crypto circles (tv, movies,internet). The stories that go around are of a man-like creature, white or grey in color, 6ft tall and about 300lbs that likes to inhabit the northern woods of the state or the southern swamp-lands of the state. Of course the local indian population have stories of this creature. Has there ever been any kind of investigation into these stories to your knowledge?

  6. Rappy responds:

    Considering the absence of Into the Unknown in even reruns, classic Animal-X suffering the same fate on Animal Planet, and how long that channel’s new Animal-X program lasted, I have been feeling a void from the Discovery Channel lineup that MonsterQuest was filling, beyond some here and there specials. This gives me hope that the channels can really spark my interest fast again. I’m hopeful for now.

  7. zachary responds:

    Cant wait!

  8. yetispaghetti235 responds:

    for once a tv show about cryptid videos not hunting them

  9. PA-Dave responds:

    I’ve been watching these Lost Tapes shows on Animal Planet- they are obviously fictionalized, but does anyone know, are they even based on real events or pure fiction?

  10. jasper11 responds:

    I definitely have to agree with PA-dave. I ca’nt find a single reference to these events on the web anywhere. I was looking for the ATV race from the Death Worm show. I couldn’t even find a race with that name much less any news that 2 people went missing in that desert.

  11. Ceroill responds:

    jasper, that’s because they are not documentaries or re-enactments of particular events. They are dramatizations loosely based on collections of reports. They are fiction. It says so at the beginning of the show.

  12. jasper11 responds:

    Ceroill, I have run the beginings of these shows in slow motion and nothing is said about damatizations, names being changed, or stories being fiction. It does say “story”, but not fictional story. There are also no credits on the show saying who is playing what characters. This makes it look like ANIMAL PLANET is holding out these tapes to be Authentic.

  13. Loren Coleman responds:

    It’s pure fiction. Period.

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