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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this "documentary" series uses very intense editing and filmmaking techniques to recreate unexplained events. These sequences are light on explicit violence, but would prove extremely disturbing to children and any particularly sensitive teens. The show relates stories of alleged paranormal activity as told by those who experienced it, including photography and video of the incidents as available. However, there is no attempt to provide any alternate explanations or skepticism toward the events, which creates a highly skewed viewing experience.
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What's the story?
Ghosts, demons, unexplained phenomena -- these are subjects often described with skepticism and treated as quasi-fiction. PARANORMAL WITNESS relies upon direct testimony and documentation, including photos and videos, to attempt to take an unfiltered look at these strange occurrences, utilizing reenactments as well to attempt to bring these stories to life.
Is it any good?
Paranormal Witness is a "documentary" series created with a very specific, if very sizable, audience in mind. This is a show for people who either already believe in the supernatural, or who are inclined to believe given the flimsiest degree of evidence. If you tune into this series waiting for the typical scientist or psychologist to appear with their alternate explanation for events, you'll be waiting a long time.
It's definitely gripping television, and the techniques the series uses in its reenactments to create tension and suspense have an impact. It's also hard to confront the experiences that the interview subjects actually had without wondering if there wasn't something unexplained involved. But without any attempt to examine these experiences from anything but the most accepting and believing viewpoint, Paranormal Witness becomes just another way to tell spooky stories around the glowing LED of your television set, instead of a glowing bonfire in the woods.
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