A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Some of the show's guests talk about telling their stories as a way of processing their trauma. There's some form of child abuse in nearly every episode.
Positive Role Models
A lot of upsetting personalities featured on the show, from serial killers to drug abusers who bully kids, and more.
Violence & Scariness
Kids are smacked right across the face, verbally tormented. In one episode, a woman drowns her children and then antagonizes another child for years as a ghost. Car accidents, hangings, knife and gunplay, and a supposed demonic possession. Lots of blood. Simulated medical experiments with close-up shots of various tools entering human flesh.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Suggestive scenes of a man harassing inebriated women. A woman is sexually violated during an alien abduction; show depicts her with legs spread open as a large metal object moves toward her private parts. A woman is shown nude in the tub, her breasts prominently displayed.
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"Damn," "hell," "bitch," "f--k."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Frequent mentions and depictions of drug and alcohol use and abuse.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Haunted is a show centered on supposedly supernatural events that are described by the people who lived through them, which are then graphically dramatized by professional actors. Profanity is used frequently, up to and including the "F" word. There's some suggestive content, such as an alien-administered medical exam that turns into sexual abuse and scenes of a woman topless in a bathtub. There is copious, often graphic violence on display, including depictions of serial killing and child abuse, physical and emotional abuse, alcohol and drug use, demonic possession, suicidal themes, and much more. This is definitely not a show for kids -- and it may disturb some adults as well.
Is It Any Good?
This is hardly the first haunted house-type show inspired by "true events" that strains credulity, but what is notable about it is the graphic and excessive violence used in the dramatizations. The stories being recounted in Haunted are upsetting enough -- children being forced to watch their father murder people and perform "demonic" rituals, a young boy tormented by the ghost of a woman who murdered her kids -- but the show amps up the ick factor with unnecessary violence and an excess of blood and guts. Child abuse is a running theme and is unflinchingly depicted. Drug and alcohol use is frequently mentioned and seen. The show's darkness isn't only in the subject matter. Though the production values and acting are notably better than most other shows in this genre, many of the episodes are unrelentingly dark and murky, lighting-wise. One of the participants says he's telling his story in hopes of "healing" from his experiences, which may be the case, but it's a bit hard to swallow considering the exploitative and sleazy feel of the show's re-enactments.
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