Ghost Mine

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Paranormal docuseries is a bit creepy and macho.

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Positive Messages

The series reveals many of the superstitions and traditions of the mining culture, including the idea that women (especially red heads) near mines bring bad luck.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The presence of women often leads to some sexist attitudes among older miners.


Plenty of speculation about paranormal behavior. Brief conversations about accidents, deaths, shootings, and other tragic events at the mines, but few actual details are discussed. Explosions are visible. Alleged human bones are visible.


Words like "piss" and "damn" are audible; "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One cast member is a recovering alcoholic.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ghost Mine discusses some mining superstitions and alleged paranormal events related to ghosts and evil spirits that younger or sensitive viewers may find scary. Some sexist beliefs are discussed, too. Expect a bit of strong language, with the stronger words bleeped, and brief discussions of tragic events.

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What's the story?

GHOST MINE is a reality series that follows a group of miners willing to go into a potentially haunted east Oregon mine and dig for gold, and the paranormal investigators committed to making the mine safer for them. After Crescent Mine owner Larry Overman had an entire mining team "tramp" (walk off the job) due to unexplained occurrences, he hired overseer Stan "Papa Smurf" Griffith, his son and job supervisor Edward Griffith, drill operator Keith "Dingus" Leingang, and heavy machinery operator Jared "Bucket" Anderson, to open up the abandoned mine and dig. Also joining the team are new guys (a.k.a. "Greenhorns") Jamol Eli and Jay Verburg. To clear the mine of any ghosts or spirits, Overman has also hired paranormal experts Patrick Doyle and Kristen Luman, much to the dismay of old timer Dick "Greybeard" Secord Jr. From blowing out tunnels with dynamite to investigating warning noises potentially made by legendary gremlins or "tommy knockers," the miners and investigators work together to open the mine while understanding the spirits and other paranormal entities that inhabit it.

Is it any good?

Ghost Mine features some interesting historical and present-day information about the mining culture, and reveals many of the superstitions that guide miners while underground. However, many of their legends and beliefs are exploited by the investigators, who are looking at this job as a way to lay the foundation for establishing a new area of investigative research.

Some of the exchanges between the miners and the investigators feel a little rehearsed, and some of the miners go from being paranormal skeptics to believers just a bit too quickly. But the combination of mining stories, creepy video footage, and other effects tells an entertainingly eerie story.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about where superstitions come from. Many superstitious beliefs come through stories passed down within a given culture. What are the different ways that the media shares these stories?

  • Are you or anyone in your family superstitious? Where can you go to learn more about how these beliefs got started?

  • Read or watch some fairy tales or ghost stories from different countries. Can you find similarities between some of the superstitions in them?

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