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Experience the Haunted Halls of Pennhurst Asylum with NextVR

When VRFocus reports on NextVR it’s usually to do with the company broadcasting live sporting events. But that’s not all NextVR does. It’s created a new piece of original content called Paranormal Evidence, exploring the unexplained phenomena reported at notoriously haunted locations.  

An investigative program led by journalist Jack Kassewitz, the team chose Pennhurst Asylum for the premiere of Paranormal Evidence. The institution opened in 1908 to care for children with severe mental and physical disabilities. In the following decades, the isolated facility also housed society’s outcasts and criminals, became dangerously overcrowded, underfunded, and under staffed.  After nearly a century of controversy and accusations of abuse and neglect, the institution was finally closed. Unexplained occurrences have been reported for years, including strange voices, slamming doors, shadowy figures, and visitors grabbed by unseen hands.

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For the programme NextVR focused on Pennhurst’s Mayflower Hall, building a proprietary 360-degree camera system that could capture full spectrum footage in the pitch-dark environment, enabling the audience to see things imperceptible by even the investigators.

“We are creating original content for VR fans that significantly extends the entertainment portfolio at NextVR,” said David Cole, NextVR CEO in a statement. “Paranormal Experience is at once an adventure through dark and creepy spaces and a thought-provoking exploration of the paranormal. When you put on the VR headset, you enter Pennhurst Asylum with our team during the witching hour. You become part of the investigation. It’s an experience perfectly suited for VR.”

Checkout the Paranormal Evidence trailer below to see what it’s all about. Or to watch the first episode download the NextVR app for Samsung Gear VR or Google Daydream.

VRFocus will continue its coverage of NextVR, reporting back with the latest updates.