FEAR: The MTV Show That Started The Paranormal TV Experience [VIDEO]
Before there was Ghost Hunters, before there was Paranormal Witness, or any other show. There was a show on MTV that started the ghost revolution, and the discussion of Paranormal.
FEAR aired from 2000 to 2002 on MTV. The program follows a group of 5 or more contestants being left at an allegedly haunted location and led them on a series of dares over two nights to explore and confirm whether or not the place is haunted. The ones who lasted collected $5000. Most didn’t.
The program started with the contestants escorted to a location blindfolded and bags over their head. They would receive instructions from a computer and have to complete the “dares”. Each person at some point reads the dare over a radio, helps with the dare, or has to complete the dare.
You can still buy a DVD that goes inside the basics of the show, but the show did not release anything.
The spooky thing to me is MTV usually follows up on all of its shows, not only to make more money, but sometimes to show their originality. This is one show they have not followed up on.
The Show broke the mold in many ways. It featured only the cameras of the contestants, body cameras were featured, as well as mounted cameras in the location. VH1 copied the show for Celebrity Paranormal Project. It also set the stage for other shows because it used paranormal terms and made people familiar with them, and explained them.