There were the unrealistic fears that 90s kids got from reading Goosebumps & watching Are You Afraid of The Dark; then there were real-life terrors. Nothing provided more genuine paranoia than Rescue 911 and Unsolved Mysteries. Hosted by the great, William Shatner, Rescue 911 featured reenacted stories (on rare occasions, real footage), covering things from child accidents, to drug overdoses, to my personal favorite – home invasions. I was always fearful of this and I believe it’s a direct result of the sh-t I saw on that show. If you want to reminisce on how intense it was, just take a look at the intro below.
Unsolved Mysteries often came on directly after Rescue 911 and it provided no relief on our already stressed minds. This was even scarier because it covered other types of things, such as UFOs, ghosts, conspiracy theories, kidnappings and other stuff that led to restless nights. I don’t know why, but these two series’ really made me channel my inner Chuckie Finster. Seriously, I all but turned into a ginger with glasses. Check out the video of Unsolved Mysteries below as well, it’s such an eerie intro, but still epic after all these years.