The Dark Files, an investigative special exploring the decades-old conspiracy theories of mind control, time travel and extraterrestrial experiments in Montauk, premiers on The History Channel at 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8.
Filmmaker Chris Garetano, who previously released a documentary on the subject, teams up with former CIA operative Barry Eisler, journalist Steve Volk and others to explore Camp Hero, a decommissioned military base where the experiments were rumored to have been conducted on kidnapped children in what is known as The Montauk Project.
“These are kids that had drug problems, that were runaways, that were prostitutes,” Garetano said in a behind-the-scenes teaser. “At the time, in the ‘70s and the early ‘80s, this group, this black operation that was occurring underneath Camp Hero, saw them as, I suspect, easy prey for human subjects in the experiments.”
The story, fueled in large part by Preston Nichols, who published a book series on the subject, inspired Stranger Things, the hit Nexflix series returning for season two on Halloween.
The History Channel special will test Nichols’ story and examine similar, confirmed conspiracies of top-secret government experiments elsewhere in the nation.
To that end, Garetano—whose prior documentary on the subject is called The Montauk Chronicles—had a group of geologists use ground-penetrating equipment at Camp Hero to scan underground.
“Something was found that’s not supposed to be there,” Garetano told The Southampton Press.