What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Deals from the Darkside showcases lots of items used in violent or scary events and features lots of discussions about how folks suffered or died. These examples are offered in a historic context, but younger or more sensitive viewers may find some of the items or discussions disturbing.
What's the story?
DEALS FROM THE DARK SIDE features escape artist and historian Steve Santini as he searches for the darkest, most gruesome artifacts on the planet. Along with his spiritual advisor Biker Rob and research assistant Stef Proctor, the collector spends time looking for items like old torture devices, funeral boxes containing hair from the deceased, and other items from past scary and/or deadly activities, or items that may reflect paranormal activities from the past. When the item's authenticity is in doubt, he takes them to experts, appraisers, and even psychic consultants to determine their historic and financial value. After negotiating over the price of an item, he resells them for a profit, or leases parts of his collection to museums and organizations to be used in creepy exhibits.
Is it any good?
Like most reality series of this type, much of the show is spent reviewing the historic significance of an antique item, as well as how its authenticity and price is determined. Some of Santini's tough bargaining skills are also highlighted.
There are some interesting things revealed here, but the show's use of special effects to add some creepy drama makes it more humorous than scary. But folks who like history, or who enjoy things from the darker side of life, will probably find it entertaining.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the reasons people collect antiques or other items. Is it for money? The fun of looking? What can antiques tell us about history? What else can we learn from them?
Why do you think this series was created? What does Santini serve to gain or lose by appearing on the show?