MTV Started Reality Ghost Hunting, And Paranormal Discussions [VIDEO]
The paranormal used to be a subject that people laughed at, sometimes out of fear, sometimes because so much of it was fake. MTV presented a show called FEAR. The show would dare MTV aged kids to complete bizarre tasks meant to scare them, and or get results to catch ghosts on camera.
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.
This was the first show that allowed people to actually have a conversation whether ghosts existed or are there really haunted places. This is the show that got it going for me. I was hooked from day one and wanted to do this. Here's an episode: