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Eerie, Indiana: The Other Dimension

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Solid '90s sequel offers gentle scares for families.

TV Hulu Drama 1998
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EERIE, INDIANA: THE OTHER DIMENSION is the short-lived spin-off to the equally truncated Eerie, Indiana. Following the same basic format and tying into the original with a guest spot by the first pair of heroes, Marshall and Simon, The Other Dimension trails Mitchell and Stanley as they unravel the mysteries of beauty products that turn users into plastic, coffee machines that speed up time, and identify haunting spirits.

Though it lacks some of its predecessor's pizzazz, The Other Dimension is still an entertaining blend of comedy and mock horror that's nicely suited for families. While there are some surprises and potentially worrisome concepts like ghosts and brainwashing, most kids will recognize the satire that keeps it from being truly scary. What's more, the six-year lapse between the original and this spin-off (which aired in 1998) does wonders for its special effects, giving it a slightly more modern feel as well, and it manages to work in some worthwhile messages about meaningful relationships, positive self-image, and strong self-confidence that parents and kids can build on.

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