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By Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

"Real" ghost stories are dramatized with graphic violence.

TV Netflix Drama 2018
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age 17+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 17+

Poor acting and gratuitous female nudity

I agree with previous review!
age 17+

Nudity and blood

Started off like it might be okay, with a group of friends in a large house telling stories, but within 15 minutes there was a graphic sex scene with a fully naked woman. It didn’t last too long ( a minute or so) but then they were disturbed. About 5 or so minutes later there was another scene where a young woman walked down stairs with a night dress on and danced provocatively round a man sat on his bed. She dropped the shoulders off and revealed her naked body, then there was close- up images of her breasts as she danced. Thought this was totally out of place and decided that if already there had been quite a lot of female nudity, then how much more was to follow? I can handle nudity in context, but this was gratuitous!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (2 ):

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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