Picks and Pans Review: Scare Tactics
"Here's the best part: Everyone was set up by a friend or family member," says Shannen Doherty, host of this new hidden-camera series. Actually that's the worst part. It's appalling, if unsurprising, to know that human beings would knowingly help a shabby reality show frighten and humiliate their loved ones.
On her first day of work at a bogus medical clinic, a woman thinks she's seeing a doctor yank an organ out of a patient's body. Ho, ho, the joke's on her! A man, believing he's taking part in a study of heart-monitoring equipment, squirms fearfully as he witnesses the apparent death of a fellow test subject. Boffo entertainment—if you're a card-carrying sadist.
Doherty occasionally serves as an onscreen accomplice while pranks are pulled on her own friends. She's pretty convincing in the role of an actress with nothing better to do.
BOTTOM LINE: Gross tactical error