Shock Treatment, Sky One

by | May 30, 2006 | All, Reviews

What was it about?

A group of four volunteers spend 48 hours getting the fright of their lives – or so they think.

What to say if you liked it.

A fascinating study into the nature of fear, showing the difference between real and perceived events.

What to say if you didn’t like it.

Do we have to spend our evenings watching a bunch of people having the shit scared out of them?

What was good about it?

• It was really well done and the producers chose the ‘volunteers’ well. They were all more susceptible to suggestion than average.

• One of the guinea pigs, Sean, looked like Ant or Dec. This was good because you could imagine Ant or Dec getting a nail hammered up their nose. If you have a cruel dislike of the genial Geordies.

• Rutger Hauer was the added bonus as narrator. He was doing one of his Hitchhiker turns, setting the scene as each challenge unfolded.

• As it was all a hoax, no one got hurt.

What was bad about it?

• It wasn’t that frightening in the most part, and we kept wondering why none of the volunteers applied any logic to their challenges.

• In the end, we couldn’t really see the point of the programme as its main contention, that perceived fear is worse than the real thing, is well known already.

Luke Knowles

Luke Knowles


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