Captive Audience: A Real American Horror Story

Captive Audience: A Real American Horror Story

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Docuseries on the 1972 missing person's case of Steven Stayner, the seven-year-old boy who vanishes from Merced, California. When he returned seven years later, a more bizarre story began. More

For years, his family searched for him, only to find they’ve been looking for the wrong boy. 50 years on, Steven’s children unearth clues to their father’s mysterious past.

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2022Rating: MA15+USAWonderburst, High Five Content
Documentary

Episodes

EPISODE 1.1

Chapter 1: Steven’s Story Part 1

1972: 7-year-old Steven Stayner vanishes from Merced, California. His family... More struggles to keep his case in the public eye - until his heroic return seven years later sparks a media sensation.

EPISODE 1.2

Chapter 2: Steven’s Story Part 2

A heroic escape. A televised family reunion. But the Stayner... More ordeal is far from over as painful secrets surface. When a hit TV movie rewrites the Stayner story, reality gets stranger than fiction.

EPISODE 1.3

Chapter 3: Cary’s Story

Two decades after Steven went missing near Yosemite, three tourists... More vanish from the same area. When the FBI finds the killer, the Stayner family is linked to the new, horrifying crimes and the family is thrust back into the headlines.

Captive Audience: A Real American Horror Story | Reviews

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Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

A memorable, thought-provoking and thoughtful piece that crisscrosses with considerable cool the often-imperceptible line between reality and realistic storytelling.

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Decider

Decider

Despite our reservations on the style choices by Dimmock, the story of Captive Audience is compelling...

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Captive Audience: A Real American Horror Story | Release Details

Captive Audience: A Real American Horror Story is available to stream in Australia now on Disney+.