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Me: You're getting close to the weekend, and that can only mean one thing.....Overtime. This past midweek, we learned that Scare Tactics is coming to GSN and here's more info on it.
Scare Tactics is a hidden camera/comedy horror television show, produced by Scott Hallock and Kevin Healey. Its first two seasons aired from April 2003 to December 2004. After a hiatus, the show returned for a third season, beginning July 9, 2008. The first season of the show was hosted by Shannen Doherty. Stephen Baldwin took her place in the middle of the second season. Since the beginning of the third season, the show has been hosted by Tracy Morgan. The fourth season began on October 6, 2009.
Scare Tactics is a hidden camera prank show that puts victims into terrifying situations, usually involving movie-style special effects and makeup that recreates horror movie clichés. The victims, generally four per episode, are set up by friends/family in tandem with producers.
The Scare Tactics producers believe that “Boo” is one of the oldest tricks in the book. Scare Tactics is simply “Boo” – with a budget. From alien abductions to encounters with the undead to brushes with the paranormal, it’s all about making people “believe the unbelievable”.
What separates Scare Tactics from other hidden camera shows is the cinematic shooting and editing style that gives each piece the look and feel of a scary movie. In the end, hopefully the audience delights in being “in on the joke”, first laughing AT our victims, then WITH them as the prank is revealed.
There are some instances where the victims are lured into the pranks on the promise of being on a fake reality show called "Fear Antics" which plays off like a show similar to MTV's Jackass but end with dire consequences. Sometimes, the victim will attempt keeping calm and rationally try keeping the situation from getting out of control (from their perspective).
The pranks end when the victim is completely terrified and someone would ask them, "Are you scared?" to which they usually reply in the affirmative. They then get the reply, "You shouldn't be! You're on Scare Tactics!" or "I'll have to/I'm gonna put you on Scare Tactics!". Alternately, at times when a victim almost ran for their lives, they immediately announced the same thing. At least once or twice, a victim has immediately realized that they're on Scare Tactics when the ruse is about to be revealed.
SO that's Scare Tactics. Will you be watching it?
As we get closer to October, here's our Overtime chanteuse Anastasia Washington. Play on, playas.