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 real people discuss their real-life experiences with hauntings and other paranormal activity in this hourlong documentary series, which amps up the fear factor with creepy lighting, angled camera shots, and photographic and video "evidence" of the experiences. Though not much violence is actually shown, many of the stories involve very vivid descriptions of violent acts, such as hangings, shootings, murders, and suicides -- which makes it too scary for younger viewers.
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What's the story?
In MY GHOST STORY, ordinary people share extraordinarily creepy first-person accounts of hauntings and other strange phenomena, raising questions about the presence of paranormal activity in everyday life. But these "ghost stories" are different than the kind you tell around a flickering campfire in that each includes video or photographic evidence supporting the teller's claims. Tales range from a California ghost ship that's still staffed by its ghostly crew to an unquie Ohio farmhouse with supposed ties to the Underground Railroad.
Is it any good?
At the beginning of each episode, My Ghost Story runs a disclaimer that screams, "Warning! What you are about to see are haunted events encountered by real people. Some may find it disturbing." But in reality, the alarmist advisory is more hype than helpful -- particularly when the story that follows concerns a comparatively lame haunting at a California office building involving a spinning chair, a falling cubicle wall, and a pair of plastic safety glasses that appear to move across a table by themselves.
It's not the scariest stuff on TV, to be sure. But several stories succeed in being sufficiently creepy all the same. The "evidence" presented -- mostly short, grainy video segments that are played over and over (and often in slow motion) to reveal that, yes, there's something strange going on -- certainly won't change a skeptic's mind. But if you already believe in ghosts, you'll probably like what you see.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about whether they think these ghost stories are true. Do the people being interviewed seem trustworthy? What steps does the show take to investigate their claims?
How has technology changed the way we talk about ghosts and other unexplained phenomena? Do videos and photographs that capture so-called ghosts and spirits lend credibility to the witnesses' stories?
How does this show compare to others that focus on the paranormal? Is it scarier to hear about a ghostly experience from a celebrity or from an average Joe? (And is one source more believable than the other?)
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