5 horror movies on reality TV
Reality TV is already a scary prospect for many people. People who compete for prizes in various demeaning ways, or who simply sit in a house until they are the last, can be nauseating to the public. Some see reality TV as the downfall of entertainment, while others tune in weekly to cheer on their favorite Joe.
What happens when horror movies take the concept of reality TV and incorporate it? Deadly games, scared film crews, and sadistic killers are things audiences can expect when reality TV and horror movies collide. That being said, here are five reality TV horror movies that will scare viewers.
Set after the events of Halloween: H2O, Laurie Strode is in a mental health facility when Michael Myers strikes again and, after a struggle, stabs her and throws her off the roof of the facility. These scenes exist primarily to tie Michael to new events that occur a year later. The students participate in an online reality show called Dangertainment, and the show is filmed at Michael’s abandoned childhood home.
Armed with head-on cameras and a house full of static cameras, the students enter the house to spend the night, unaware that Michael has returned home and has already begun eliminating them one by one. As far as attendees know, the show is entirely staged, with fake bodies strewn around the Strode house. However, it soon becomes apparent that Michael has once again returned home to Haddonfield.
The second installment of wrong turn The series sees the murderous cannibal family return to terrorize a group of reality TV contestants. Henry Rollins plays former U.S. Navy Colonel Dale Murphy who hosts Apocalypse: Ultimate Survivalist, a show set in the woods of West Virginia pitting the contestants’ survival skills against each other. Unfortunately for the cast and crew, they find themselves in the land of the Mutant Cannibal Family, and Ma and Pa aren’t happy about it.
Things quickly go from fake survival to an all-too-real nightmare struggle. wrong turn 2 is a quick and clever pastiche of reality TV phenomena and people’s needs for their quarter of an hour of fame. It also features Henry Rollins wielding dynamite more than once and some truly gruesome murder scenes.
South Korean horror movie Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum is based on a real mental hospital and features a team of traveling web series creators who recruit locals to help with their investigation of the abandoned and supposedly haunted hospital. The group travels through the woods to the site, setting up base camp outside and filling the building with cameras. While the director stays at base camp to handle the live internet broadcast, the others suit up with head-mounted cameras and head inside.
At first, the other two main members of the team stage supernatural events to scare others and rack up views. However, the group awakens the spirits that reside in the building, and these spirits don’t want them to leave. The film features creepy dolls, spirited abductions, and very creepy and effective possession.
my little eye is a spin on the premise of Big brother. Five contestants agree to live in an isolated mansion for six months, with their every move filmed, hoping to win $1 million at the end of the experiment. Beginning as a typical reality show, the film shows the banality of the contestant’s life, until a man named Travis (played by Bradley Cooper) stumbles upon the house claiming to be lost in the woods.
With the arrival of Travis, things start to go wrong. Fights break out, one of the contestants apparently commits suicide, and through the use of Travis’ equipment he leaves behind, the group realizes that the show they are involved in is not really the one they signed up for.
The 2011 found footage movie Funeral meetings riffs on paranormal investigative shows that started booming in the mid-2000s. Heavily influenced by shows like Ghost Adventures, Funeral Encounters sees a group of paranormal investigators shoot a new episode of their show at Collingwood Mental Hospital. The hospital has a long history of paranormal occurrences and unethical patient experiences, and head ghost hunter Lance Preston is determined to film something.
A little like Ghost Adventures, the team locks itself in the hospital – but unlike the hit Travel Channel series, paranormal things start happening. The hospital becomes a maze that they are unable to navigate. The exit from the building disappears and the team members are attacked and begin to see spectral apparitions. The team seems to have been there for days, gradually losing their grip on reality and their sanity.
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