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The most extreme immersive horror experience in America is called Blackout. Not for the faint of heart, it is a terrifying, psycho-sexual thrill-ride designed to play on our deepest psychological fears. Rich Fox's innovative horror documentary follows a group of friends whose experience with Blackout becomes deeply personal, developing into an obsession that hijacks their lives and blurs the line between reality and paranoid fantasy. Revealing an underbelly of private rituals and personal nightmares with footage that is 100% real, "The Blackout Experiments" is the story of our obsession with the darkness inside us. "The Blackout Experiments" premiered at Sundance 2016.
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The adventure begins at a rather benign looking urban street where a person knocks on a door where a camera is positioned on them. There is little intent on hiding their surveillance and while the ‘victim’ mulls over the possibilities on the other side, the door abruptly opens, they are adducted and the blackout commences. Now, the situation for all comers is that an e-mail is generated at midnight on the day before explaining where to report to and any other instructions. The e-mail is purported to be “creepy” where chiaroscuro affection with disturbing imagery is utilized.
One person suggests that “life has been pretty boring and you only live once.” Quite obviously a perfect reason to allow yourself to be attacked, handcuffed, “marked and branded.” but I digress. Each sense reveals a rather silly, cult-like apprehension where plastic sheeting and duct-tape are utilized to their full extent. Each person is’ traumatized’ in a different, albeit cookie-cutter fashion. The scares are self-limiting as they pertain to the individual involved and we participate as voyeurs, able to chuckle at each person’s limits and breaking point which really extend to a little more than a visceral romp through a Halloween haunted house culminating in abandonment on the streets wearing less clothing and a new ‘tattoo’ from when they began. When it is all over, we then find them meeting in some quirky reality television reunion episode, complete with brie.
The film is interesting in some ways, but the more disturbing facet is the anomalies that we find in our society that seek out invigoration through pain and the fragile sensibilities of the human psyche. What we are left with in nonsensical and cliché assessments like “Blackout has the ability to change you if you are willing to let it,” “I highly believe that Blackout had transformed me…” “To be able to experience Blackout you have to have a deeper knowledge of yourself, or, if you don’t have that deeper knowledge of yourself to go through Blackout will allow you to gain that deeper knowledge.”
Frankly, none of us would truly require the special assistance of these folks to become contemplative. The filmmakers here have simply chosen wisely to showcase those among us who simply want to garner notoriety over honest introspection. Regardless of the creators’ and director’s insistence, this is an uneventful, unartistic and unoriginal experience whether in theory or practice.
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