Am I dating myself with my "remember-when-MTV" stories?
Well, I wrote about it a bit back in my "Halloween Mix Tape 2008" post. You can read it HERE.
Or for the extremely lazy I'll just recount it:
FEAR was awesome. Sort of a "Ghost Hunters" meets a game show, with some truth or dare lumped in.
Here's the description from Wikipedia:
MTV's Fear was an MTV reality show in 2000, that placed a group of 5 or more contestants in an allegedly haunted location and led them on a series of dares over two nights to explore whether or not the place was haunted.It was great. The bastard child of the Blair Witch Project.
SO--- now that we've got that out of the way. The CW is debuting a new show tonight called "13: Fear is Real."
And I gotta tell ya... it looks sorta like the same show.
From the CW website, they describe the show as:
Thirteen people compete to "stay alive" as they face their deepest fears in an all-out elimination competition and scare-fest. Pitted against each other in situations straight from the horror movies, the 13 will face shocking surprises, psychological scares and lots of "beware of the dark" moments, all designed by a "mastermind" of terror. In addition to frightening them, he'll also entice individuals to work in concert with him and against the others, creating a situation in which the 13 will not only look over their shoulders but will also never be certain who is real before them.
Each week, one unlucky victim will be "killed off" via frightening challenges and game-playing until only one person is left to win the grand prize of - fittingly - $66,666.
Now as I'm a fan of showmanship I can appreciate the William Castle-esque flair this show is making the effort to have. Like the fact that there's "13" people. Or that it's the horror set staple of a "cabin in the woods." Or that the contestants are competing for "$66,666." I'm a sucker for that stuff.
Which on a side note: Doesn't that seem like petty cash? $66,666? That's like $1.99 after taxes, my dad would say. I mean we live in a world now where one spin of a wheel can get you a shiny 100 Grand. I can go on another show, point to a suitcase and get $200,000. Am I right?
Where were we?
Oh right, the show. Check out the cast and you'll see real life caricatures as contestants. You think I'm generalizing, but go look at that cast HERE. Now if I said "Pick the burnout dude. Pick the ditzy blonde." I'll betcha you could do it. Just sayin'.
PROS: It's a bit of a limbo time for horror on TV, so this show may just scratch that itch. Plus: it's produced by Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert who gave us the Evil Dead movies. Those guys know scary.
CONS: It's on The CW. It's a reality show. How "scared" can you get about getting "killed" if you know you're on a television show that's engineered to scare you. No one's getting "killed" here. Everybody calm down.
A Halloween Addict's opinion: catch it if you're bored tonight. Catch it online and see if you like it. Raimi is my draw.
It's on tonight at 8pm on The CW.