Review: Travel Channel's Dead Files
The Dead Files
The Travel Channel has a new ghost show to add on their supernatural resume, The Dead Files featuring Amy Allan and her partner Steve DiSchiavi. As of May 2014, there have been five seasons with 54 episodes. The Dead Files has been picked up for a sixth season.
Amy Allan is a self-proclaimed medium, who goes around the nation with her partner, Steve DiSchiavi, a retired NYPD detective. They both claim that they do not speak to each other during the week of investigation. DiSchoavi's job is to speak to the witnesses, and research any history on the property's background and the house's previous occupants. Many times, DiSchoavi uncovers murders and unexplained deaths from decades to centuries ago. He is an incredible researcher, and his background as an NYPD detective is obvious when he speaks to the witnesses.
During the evenings, Amh Allan is recorded going to the property, walking around and listening to what the dead tells her, and what she witnesses. Allam has said that she can get into the mind of the spirit, and knows what they are thinking and feeling. Often, Amy Allan claims that the spirits get incredibly angry at her for her mind intrusion, and they can cause her intense physical pain.
Each episode are recorded under the same format.
DiSchiavi is recorded driving to the location, telling the camera the basic information that he has been told by the client. If Allan had been told any information beforehand, such as for her safety, he informs the viewers. On certain occasions, they do break the rule of speaking with each other if there is a question of safety, or if they believe that there is abuse going on in the home.
Before Allan goes to the location, her assistant and ex-husband goes through the house and hides anything that may sway her reading of the house. Allan goes through the house describing everything she sees and hears in great detail. Anderson asks her questions to prompt her to give more in-depth answers. If she feels ills, he is the one who reassures her and gives her comfort.
Then, the viewer sees what DiSchiavi recorded 12-hours earlier, speaking to the owners and anyone who could have witnessed any hauntings. He gathers all information on the house and past owners. If death had occurred on the property, he goes to the library to get pictures and new clippings. If the death was recent, he talks to the police who investigated.
Allan has some artistic ability and usually sketches what she sees. If she is unable to sketch the artwork, she hires a sketch artist. At the reveal, she explains what she saw and feels about the house. If she thinks the house is not safe, she tell them what they can do to make it safer. Sometimes this means hiring a warlock, a psychologist psychic, a priest to do an exorcism, and occasionally she outright tells the owners the house is too dangerous to stay.
I do not know if I believe what I see on the show. I think that Allan is mostly genuine, and I think that DiSchiavi is hesitant. DiSchiavi is a retired detective and active private investigator. Perhaps his hesitation is due to his training