Parents' Guide to

Truth or Scare

By Larisa Wiseman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Intriguing documentary series for tweens, teens.

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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 8+

Nostalgia overload for me while scaring yet teaching the kids

Oh man I LOVED this show as a kid, But it dose MORE than just scare the lights out of the kids, It also exposes kids to history, culture, anthropology, psychology, sociology, folklore, the paranormal, and in one episode religion (Wicca to be specific). All with creepy aesthetic, long story short if you and/or your kids are into the paranormal and are intellectually curious give this show a watch, It's AWESOME!!!
age 17+

i love you show it is alsome

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
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Tweens and teens who are curious about the paranormal won't be disappointed with this show if they're seeking a few thrills and chills. The show covers a wide range of spooky topics, like houses, castles, hotels, theatres, or ships that are supposedly haunted; well-known legends like Dracula, Bigfoot, the Bermuda Triangle, and the Loch Ness monster; and UFOs, witches, psychic science, or scare tactics. Truth or Scare effectively hooks viewers with its presentation of each case or topic -- the narration and video footage are engaging, and the earnest testimonials from witnesses are enough to send shivers down your spine. Trachtenberg's presence is also a good hook -- fans will relate to her because of her age, and her role on Buffy ties in well with a show about "real-life" ghouls and ghosts.

Certain episodes might be disturbing to young viewers who strongly believe in evil spirits or are afraid of things that go bump in the night. Truth or Scare does a good job of convincing the audience that these stories are true; a segment about eerie apparitions, for example, may have even sensible adults looking over their shoulders repeatedly to make sure no ghosts are dogging their footsteps. Since almost none of these cases offer concrete proof, it's best to take them with a grain of salt -- but for some people, that's easier said than done.

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