If you enjoy watching people face their real-life fears, then read on for the details of “Fear: Buried Alive,” a scary psychological social experiment that A&E is airing live just before Halloween.
From the Press Release:
A&E Network will kick off Halloween with one of the most chilling psychological experiments ever on live television when three people are buried alive in an effort to conquer their darkest fears. In this two-hour live event, the participants will be sealed in underground coffins and closely monitored under scientific conditions as they endure a series of escalating horrors designed to test the strength of their psyches. But this extreme experiment is not about escape — it is about enduring and defeating true terror.
“Fear: Buried Alive” premieres on Monday, October 26, at 8 PM ET/PT on A&E.
The experiment is based on a controversial psychological practice known as immersion therapy, wherein subjects are flooded with their darkest fears in order to overcome them. Studies show that when we willingly push ourselves outside of our comfort zone and face our fears, we come out feeling empowered and triumphant. Will they have the strength to make it through the escalation?
Viewers will hear from horror writer and director Eli Roth about how he creates fear and gives details about what scares us and why. Dr. Margee Kerr, sociologist and fear researcher, helped create some of the experiments and will be on-site to evaluate each subject’s progress during this live event. Additionally, other consultants include researchers from The Chapman University Survey on American Fears, based at Chapman University in California. The subjects’ friends and family will also be on hand to witness this psychological battle from the sidelines.
Specially constructed coffins will be rigged with infrared cameras, microphones, and vital sign indicators, all of which will be used to closely monitor the participants’ physical and psychological stress. Due to the extreme nature of this experiment, all necessary precautions are being taken to ensure safety, including a team of medical and psychological personnel onsite.
“Fear: Buried Alive” is produced for A&E by Go Go Luckey Entertainment. Executive producers for Go Go Luckey Entertainment are Tina Gazzerro Clapp, Julie Auerbach, Bill Castonzo, Erich Recker, and Henry Capanna. Executive producers for A&E are Elaine Frontain Bryant, Brad Abramson, and Devon Graham Hammonds.