Ghosts and ghouls. Horror flicks. Candy-filled bags and costume parties. Yes, it’s the time of year when our world becomes intertwined with the supernatural in the most mundane sort of way. Terror throughout the ages most often comprises of nightmarish creatures or ancient oddities, typically with malintent. They exist much like the monsters under our childhood beds: never quite seen, but any hint of doubt in their existence leaves a lingering atmosphere of paralyzing fear just outside your blanket.
Some of these monsters are believed by a few to have existed, or even to exist today. The thought of, “But what if?” still slowly festers in the back of our collective minds. By whispered legends and written folklore, some of the strangest and scariest beings have become part of the human psyche, and on occasion, our greatest adversaries. An all-new, eight-episode television series, Mythical Beasts, is set to premiere on Sunday, October 14th on the Science Channel, to banish these far flung fears and explore the origin vampires, minotaurs, and more, with an episode on dragons kicking things off. Check out the full press release below!
THE TRUTH BEHIND CREATURES OF LEGEND REVEALED IN NEW SCIENCE CHANNEL SERIES
PREMIERING SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14 AT 10PM
Minotaurs, Dragons, Cyclops, Vampires, Sea Monsters and More
(New York) – They are the stuff of legend, popularized in movies and television and described in detail in fantasy literature. For thousands of years, humankind has believed in mythical creatures, from dragons and cyclops, to vampires and sea monsters. Where did the stories of these fabled beasts come? Science Channel will reveal the origin stories of popular monster mysteries, in MYTHICAL BEASTS, a new eight-episode series premiering Sunday, October 14 at 10pm ET/PT.
Each episode will look at the history, archaeology and truths behind legendary creatures. Scientists dig up elephant skeletons to investigate how they inspired the myths about the Cyclops. They hunt through old maritime logs to see why people believed the mighty Kraken was to blame for sinking ships, follow clues to the island of Crete where the menacing Grecian Minotaur was said to have lived, and unravel why the Chinese feared that dragons lived among them.
“While we think of the idea of these beasts as pure legend, the mindblowing stories about how they came to be have their roots in reality,” said Marc Etkind, General Manager, Science Channel. “Mythical Beasts reveals truths about the monsters of old and why the myths surrounding their existence endure today.”
Experts including anatomist Joy Reidenberg of New York’s Mount Sinai School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh sociologist Margee Kerr, Kean University’s Brian Regal, and mythological consultant Richard Schwab, help unpack some of history’s most deep-seeded mysteries.
MYTHICAL BEASTS is produced for Science Channel by Windfall Films. Executive producer for Windfall is Carlo Massarella. Neil Laird serves as executive producer for Science Channel.
About Science Channel:
Science Channel, a multi-media business unit of Discovery, Inc. is the home of all things science around the clock, including series such as MYTHBUSTERS, OUTRAGEOUS ACTS OF SCIENCE, WHAT ON EARTH?, HOW THE UNIVERSE WORKS, UNEARTHED, and MYSTERIES OF THE ABANDONED. Science Channel’s programming also included timely, expert-driven specials covering breaking science news and discoveries. Science Channel is the premiere TV, digital and social community for those with a passion for science, space, technology, archeology, and engineering, providing immersive, engaging, high-quality entertainment across all Science Channel assets including: Science Channel television network, available in more than 63 million homes in the U.S; complimentary Video On Demand offering; SCI Go app allowing viewers to catch up on full episodes of their favorite shows anytime; deep video, interactive storytelling and virtual reality at www.sciencechannel.com; and conversations on Science Channel’s popular social platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat via @ScienceChannel.
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