Netflix’s “28 Days Haunted” is a horror reality series that follows three teams of paranormal investigators as they try to unravel the mysteries of their assigned residences in 28 days. During this time, teams must remain inside the property and cannot have any contact with the outside world. The premise of the show is based on a theory proposed by famous paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. According to the married couple, the ideal time needed to fully open up and solve the secrets of a haunted place is 28 days.
Unfortunately, the Warrens were unable to prove their theory due to their deaths. However, their son-in-law Tony Spera teamed up with investigator Aaron Sagers to find the validity of the theory through the Netflix show. Naturally, viewers are curious about the concept that inspired the experiment and how it all happened. If you’re in the same boat, get ready to explore what we know about the same!
The 28 day cycle theory
Ed and Lorraine Warren are perhaps among the most famous paranormal investigators in the world. The duo said they have solved over 10,000 cases in their lifetime with varying degrees of success. In 1952 they even started the New England Society for Psychic Research (NESPR), a ghost hunting group which is operational at the time of writing. Given the plethora of cases they were a part of, the Warrens wrote several books regarding their cases and their general supernatural knowledge. Over the years, some of their notable cases have been adapted into films like “Annabelle” and “The Conjuring.”
Given their vast experience within the paranormal industry, the Warrens came up with a concept that, if true, would revolutionize the way paranormal investigations are conducted. Essentially, Ed and Lorraine claimed that to fully uncover the secrets of a haunted place, investigators must stay there for at least 28 days. During this period, it is essential that they do not have much external communication and try to solve the case as much as possible.
The Warrens explained that the time would be far from easy. Normally, investigators would spend a few hours or even days in a location in order to establish a connection with the spirits of the area. However, such an extended stay would stir up the supernatural elements of the region, especially those of a malevolent nature. Over time, the veil between the realms of the living and the idea would thin before becoming almost non-existent in recent days.
Such an extended stay in the house would be far from easy for the investigators as the malevolent spirits would try to coerce the new residents out of the house. After only a few days, investigators will feel a stronger connection to the paranormal. As they continue to investigate, the harmful spirits will try to do everything possible to hide their secrets. Over time, paranormal elements might engage in spiritual and supernatural warfare in order to harm investigators or drive them off the property.
In the final days, a final showdown is likely to occur between the hunters and the spirits as the latter attempt to maintain their grip on the physical world. As noted, the theory mentioned was based on several cases investigated by the Warrens. However, the idea could not be tested before their deaths. Through the Netflix show, an experiment was conducted by Tony and Aaron to see how well the concept holds up when replicated in the real world.
How did 28 Days Haunted execute the theory?
In ’28 Days Haunted’, Tony, the head of the NESPR in the show’s first season, and Aaron Sagers, a paranormal expert/journalist, join forces to test the validity of the theory proposed by the Warrens. They assemble three teams and assign them to three of the most haunted locations in the United States. Participants have no idea where they are going until they reach their destination.
Before entering their new residence, investigators have no idea of the property’s history. Therefore, they must rely on their abilities as paranormal investigators to uncover the truth. The reason participants are unaware of their mission history seems to be an attempt not to let them in with preconceived ideas or plans.
By connecting with the spirits, investigators were able to piece together a story that more or less resembled the actual history of the place. While the three cases were very different in nature, the patterns stated by the Warrens seemed to hold true in all three scenarios. Additionally, the activities seemed to mirror the experiences the Warrens had during some of their lengthy investigations.
This seemed to prove the validity of the 28-day cycle theory, although like any scientific experiment, more data is always beneficial. Moreover, the authenticity of the whole experience for a general person is highly dependent on their belief in the supernatural. For a true skeptic, the series might be nothing more than an entertainment piece. But for those who believe in the paranormal, the validity of the theory proposed by the Warrens could be groundbreaking.
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