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Beyond Belief or just straight up bullshit?

I have been watching this show on Prime for the last couple of days and I really must say, none of it can possible be true. It is claimed that some of the stories are “inspired” by actual events, but this has to be in the loosest sense possible.

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by Anonymousreply 21Last Thursday at 9:35 PM

It was very popular in German speaking countries, more so than in the US I think. It's still on every Sunday on one of the major German TV channels.

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by Anonymousreply 1Last Wednesday at 2:25 PM

This one is apparently loosely based on Leona Helmsley.

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by Anonymousreply 2Last Wednesday at 2:29 PM

They attribute the “true” content to Robert Tralins, who wrote a lot of pulp and science fiction. This is from his Wikipedia page: Tralins was evidently interested in fetish and related topics. His The Sexual Fetish describes agalmatophilia and frottage.[5]

by Anonymousreply 3Last Wednesday at 2:39 PM

It always annoyed me that they never referenced the Real stories so we could look them up ourselves. Most sounded like urban legends or accounts from unreliable witnesses.

by Anonymousreply 4Last Wednesday at 2:41 PM

Is that Riker?

by Anonymousreply 5Last Wednesday at 2:44 PM

Germany here, and yes, it's very popular, with all generations. It even managed to reach the now-teenagers. There are several reasons: mystery and creepypastas and unsolved mysteries are popular as it is, and right now, there seems to be a renaissance. The X-Factor was well-made and utterly undisturbing and harmless, ideal family TV. Then, very importantly, Jonathan Frakes is a great host, engaging and authentic. Everyone knows his face or are even familiar with his name in Germany, the ones who were young in the 90s (like moi) from "North and South" ("Fackeln im Sturm" in German), and of course Star Trek TNG which has never stopped being popular since the time it was first aired.

by Anonymousreply 6Last Wednesday at 2:59 PM

This was always a guilty pleasure of mine in Sci-Fi.

by Anonymousreply 7Last Wednesday at 3:43 PM

The stories all sound like campfire story nonsense. Robert Tralins wrote a book called, Strange events beyond human understanding. That is where the alleged true stories come from.

by Anonymousreply 8Last Wednesday at 3:53 PM

^^Is his book similar to the book Strangely Enough?

by Anonymousreply 9Last Wednesday at 4:00 PM

R9 SEBHU is just a collection of stories that read like urban legends and campfire tales. Tralins claimed the stories came from witnesses and that they were true. There isn’t a whole lot to go on, though. Information is scant at best.

by Anonymousreply 10Last Wednesday at 4:06 PM

A lot of the stories were based on urban legends. One story that can be confirmed to be true is the episode that had a segment on Morgan Robertson. He was the author of the novella titled The Wreck of the Titan: Or, Futility. The novella was about a large ocean liner ship that sank after hitting an iceberg. The novella was published fourteen years before the Titanic sank.

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by Anonymousreply 11Last Wednesday at 4:25 PM

This article details some of the ones based on urban legends.

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by Anonymousreply 12Last Wednesday at 4:48 PM

Weren’t all the lame cases the ones that were true?

by Anonymousreply 13Last Wednesday at 4:55 PM

This never gets old.

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by Anonymousreply 14Last Wednesday at 9:50 PM

R7 Same with me. I did a rewatch of the show a couple of years ago and it was fun to laugh at the cheesy acting, bad props etc.

by Anonymousreply 15Last Thursday at 9:57 AM

A somewhat similar show that was also guilty pleasure for me was Mostly True Stories? Urban Legends Revealed. It was on TLC and hosted by Natasha Henstridge

by Anonymousreply 16Last Thursday at 10:01 AM

OMG! I thought I was the only one who watched these. I was a teen in the late '90s/early 2000s ad I lived for MOSTLY TRUE STORIES and BEYOND BELIEF. They scared mem sometimes, too. haha

by Anonymousreply 17Last Thursday at 12:23 PM

R17 Yes loved watching this, Unsolved Mysteries reruns, and all those true crime docs.

by Anonymousreply 18Last Thursday at 12:26 PM

I loved this show.

by Anonymousreply 19Last Thursday at 1:09 PM

Brolin seemed uninterested, its good they replaced him with Frakes.

by Anonymousreply 20Last Thursday at 5:38 PM

James Brolin acts like he has no clue what each segment is even about. H so clearly just there for the paycheck. Frakes serves up some camp.

by Anonymousreply 21Last Thursday at 9:35 PM
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