After waiting almost a year for Ghost Files to premiere on Youtube, the time has finally come. And now that I’ve watched the hour-long premiere, I just have one question. 

Did Ryan and Shane really catch a ghost on camera? 

Ryan Bergara  and Shane Madej on Ghost Files

Created by Ryan Bergara and Shane Madej, Ghost Files is not officially but pretty clearly the follow-up to the incredibly popular BuzzFeed Unsolved. The premise is essentially the same. Two self-proclaimed idiots go ghost-hunting. Ryan, the believer, is seeking proof that ghosts are real. Shane, the skeptic, is also seeking that. But his main goal, as always, is to scare the piss out of Ryan.

This first episode had the boys heading back to Waverly Hills Sanatorium. I thought this was a bit of a cop-out. They went there for BuzzFeed Unsolved, do they think they’re going to do anything differently?

As it turns out, yes they did do things differently. In retrospect, I think it was a great idea to go back to a place they’ve already been. It allows us to see the differences between Ghost Files and BuzzFeed Unsolved.

Artist rendition of Waverly Hills Sanatorium from Ghost Files.

Plus, Ryan got a ton of new ghost-hunting tools, so that helped. 

I enjoyed several of the new inclusions. I loved the inclusion of evidence collected by fans, and firsthand accounts of spooky phenomenon. I also loved the blueprint shots, both of the tools and of the estate itself. It had a more serious vibe, even while Ryan and Shane were still their goofy-ass selves.

Goofy as they might be, I think I can say with some certainty that they might have caught some paranormal phenomenon on camera!

I don’t want to ruin it for you, because everyone should see this show. Skeptics, like Shane, will say that there are a million explanations. Believers, like Ryan, will say this is irrefutable proof. Those who fall somewhere between like myself may not be ready to declare this proof positive of spirits. But we’re at least ready to say we’ve got some questions that don’t have answers. 

This was a fun show. Honestly, I think it’s better than any ghost hunting show you might find on traditional tv. For me, and I assume most other BuzzFeed Unsolved fans, Ghost Files was well worth the wait. 

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)