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Celebrity Ghost Stories
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this series -- in which celebrities describe their personal encounters with the supernatural -- features often-eerie reenactments of the hauntings. Some of the reenactments have violent content too, including distorted images of physical abuse and discussion of potentially upsetting topics like children's deaths. Celebs sometimes use salty language when narrating their stories (words like “hell” are audible, though those like “s--t" and “f--k” are bleeped), too. Bottom line? The show offers plenty of creepy thrills, but younger and/or more sensitive viewers may find it a little too spooky.
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What's the story?
In CELEBRITY GHOST STORIES, movie, TV, and music stars describe their personal encounters with the paranormal. Performers like Carrie Fisher, Scott Baio, Sammy Hagar, and Joan Rivers offer first-person accounts of supernatural events that range from receiving messages from departed loved ones to angering the spirits of their home’s previous tenants. Each story is dramatically reenacted with the help of special effects and eerie music.
Is it any good?
This celebrity-themed series differs from other ghostly shows in that it offers viewers the chance to be entertained by people who whave the talent to tell a good ghost story. The stars' fame also makes their stories seem a bit more believable than the average scary tale. Thanks to the show's sometimes over-the-top reenactments, some of the tales come across as theatrical rather than frightening. But viewers who like spooky stories about the paranormal will find the show somewhat amusing.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the different ways that the media approaches the subject of paranormal activity. Do you think shows like this are intended to make people believe in ghosts? Or is it just about providing chilling entertainment?
Do you believe in ghosts? Why or why not? Do you find discussions about the paranormal interesting, scary, or just plain silly?
Did you know that some cultures consider ghosts and spirits an important part of their belief system?