Is ‘Mountain Monsters’ Real or Fake? The Debate Explained
If you have tuned into Travel Channel's Mountain Monsters, you know everyone has perpetually one question on their mind — is the show Mountain Monsters Real or is Mountain Monsters scripted?
Similar to Ghost Hunters that follows paranormal investigators on their journey to investigate preternatural phenomena, Mountain Monsters sees a group of investigators out in the Appalachian area to hunt down real-life monsters.
The team, known as AIMS (Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings), uses their skills as backwood trackers, hunters, and survivalists to hunt down creatures.
The cast members of 'Mountain Monsters.' (Source: Instagram)
The AIMS crew has had close encounters with Bigfoots, Wolfmen, Chupacabra, and many other mythical creatures in the show.
But most of these encounters have been featured through blurry pictures and tiny figures in the show, making it difficult to tell if they were real.
Is Mountain Monsters Real or Fake?
The show has fans divided on whether it is scripted, resulting in a debate on Reddit. Some users believe that the show is fake.
One particular user commented it was just a "soap opera for red necks and hillbillies" on a Reddit page dedicated to the show. Another user insisted that the team once reused audio for two entirely different monsters.
But other users argue that the show is not scripted and is 100% real, although the cast might have been guided partly.
A user remarked that the show could not have been scripted because the Grassman of Ohio had heavily injured Big Old Buck in one episode.
Besides the debate on Reddit, TV Overmind reported the series was fake for a few reasons. One reason was that the hunters never fired at any creatures, even in defense. The men reportedly carried guns whenever they hunted but never used them.
Another reason mentioned was how the creatures always escaped. The media outlet reasoned that the self-proclaimed skilled hunters never seemed to catch the creatures. Everything they caught always escaped.
The outlet also stated that the creatures captured and shown on TV looked completely computerized.
But note that the reports are all assumptions, and substantial evidence on whether the show is real or fake hasn't yet surfaced.
John "Trapper" Tice's Death
United States military vet John "Trapper" Tice led AIMS in the show for six seasons. Unfortunately, fans received bad news regarding one of the beloved members of the show in 2019.
Travel Channel uploaded a tribute for Trapper, who passed away in December 2019 because of his health complications.
In 2015, the U.S. veteran had suffered a blood clot in his leg, which nearly killed him. But Trapper made it through, and his co-star Huckleberry was confident that his friend would live a few more years.
Huckleberry even asked if there was any cure for his sickness during the show.
Trapper had admitted that his future was bleak, saying, "The last blood work I got, my kidneys were about 25 percent. I croaked the last time I was in the hospital. It's just one thing after another."
Despite the odds, Trapper remained positive and said he didn't worry too much about death.