Scare Tactics: Season 3, Part 1- Uncensored: Too Hot for TV
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Scare Tactics: Season 3 Part 1 (Uncensored - Too Hot For TV) (DVD)
Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan of 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live hosts the frighteningly funny hidden-camera show Scare Tactics. Set up by friends and loved ones, unsuspecting victims are placed into elaborately staged scary situations involving movie-style special effects and makeup. The horror hoaxes are skillfully designed to tap into the wildest fears of the prank's prey. Viewers laugh along to the hilarious reactions of the show's "stars" as they are caught off guard and on camera.]]>
This Sci-Fi Channel reality show is by far the best prank television series that has ever aired. Not only does Scare Tactics show how far prank shows have come since Candid Camera, but its focus on bizarre and horrific trickery is truly convincing. While one at first may pity its victims, any cruelty is erased by the way Scare Tactics tactfully handles its subject matter. Each prank begins with an interview clip profiling a friend who wishes to pursue the prank, explaining why the victim deserves what is coming, and when the prank is exposed the friend rushes forward in alliance. When one sees victims screaming, cursing, and cringing, there is no doubt about their sincerity, but we know it is in good fun. Additionally, the pranks are taken to extremes so that victims feel the sting of fear before relief.
Episodes open with host Tracy Morgan (30 Rock, SNL) setting the scene for three segments. Enjoying the DVD with no commercials enhances this format greatly. Though the episodes run into one another and become one startling blur, story patterns emerge, and with this repetition, one can witness the victims' reactions in all their abject, uncut glory. The pranks start with those that prey on teenage fears--of babysitting while a psychotic man sneaks into the house, for example, or of being forced to drink Kool-Aid among creepy cult members. From there, the pranks become more adult. Working men witness people being shoved into woodchippers or are accosted by escaped mental patients while on border patrol. Many episodes are devoted to alien or psychic occurrences in laboratories. Some are gorier, focusing on hit-and-run accidents or murderous, top-secret government officials. Scare Tactics taps a variety of fears, and that is what makes it great. One experiences victims' reluctance, hesitation, and reticence before launching into extreme adrenaline reactions. Part of the show's humor lies in how willing victims are to accept their intolerable positions. How much will we put up with before drawing the line? Scare Tactics: Season 3, Part One is all about testing and documenting this question. --Trinie Dalton
- Tracy Morgan's frighteningly funny bloopers and outtakes
- Flesh flash! Never-before-seen extra footage on four episodes
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