Scare Tactics

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Scare Tactics is a hidden camera/comedy television show, produced by Kevin Healey and Scott Hallock. Its first two seasons aired from April 2003 to December 2004. After a hiatus, the show returned for a third season, beginning July 9, 2008. The first season of the show was hosted by Shannen Doherty. Stephen Baldwin took her place in the middle of the second season. Since the beginning of the third season, the show has been hosted by Tracy Morgan. The fourth season began on October 6, 2009.

In Europe the first season of the program aired on MTV Central from 2003 to 2004. The show is also broadcast in Australia on FOX8, in Canada on MuchMusic, in India on AXN, in Russia on MTV Russia (only first two seasons), in Turkey on Dream TV, in Poland on TV Puls, in Finland on Jim, in Sweden on TV6 a short time. And now also on TV11.


Scare Tactics is a hidden camera prank show that puts victims into terrifying situations, usually involving movie-style special effects and makeup that recreates horror movie clichés. The victims, generally four per episode, are set up by friends/family in tandem with producers.

The victims on the show are lured to a location, either invited there by people they know (who were in on the act), or reporting for what they thought was a new job. Soon they would experience some kind of terrifying scene"?like a strange monster, a terrible accident, or a violent crime being committed"?all of which was staged while the victim was secretly being recorded.

Some controversy to the show's authenticity has arouse as in the segment "Cursed Book", you'll notice that the castle-like estate is said to be in Pyramid, GA. The same exact house is said to be in Hameville, CA in "Killing Rosemary's Baby". This house is then shown as being located in Walton, NJ in "It's My Party" and is also presented as being in Brodie, WY in "Wine To Die For".

There are some instances where the victims are lured into the pranks on the promise of being on a fake reality show called "Fear Antics" which plays off like a show similar to MTV's Jackass but end with dire consequences.

The pranks end when the victim is completely terrified and someone would ask them, "Are you scared?" to which they usually reply in the affirmative. They then get the reply, "You shouldn't be! You're on Scare Tactics!" or "I'll have to/I'm gonna put you on Scare Tactics!"

List of Scare Tactics episodes

Season One

  • 101: UFO Abduction, Firing Range, Buried Alive, Camp Killer
  • 102: Bigfoot Attacks, Where's Shannen?, Flatline, Psycho Hitchhiker
  • 103: Limo in Area 51, Monster in the Closet, Organ Harvest, Disappearing Stripper
  • 104: Clone Attack, Repo Man, Orgy from Hell, Monkey Trouble
  • 105: Meteor Man, Barbershop of Blood, Date with the Devil, Taxi Cab Carnage
  • 106: Lab Spill, Haunted Babysitter, Serial Killer, Hellride
  • 107: Tanning Salon Terror, Cable Killers, Little Girl Psychic, Runaway Corpse
  • 108: Ghost Train, Body in Trunk, Dominatrix for a Day, Desert Monster
  • 109: UFO Trailer Attack, The Cannibal Family, Séance from Hell, Driving the Dead
  • 110: Harsh Reality, Dr. Werewolf, Boy in a Bubble, Virgin Sacrifice
  • 111: Chupacabra Attack, Deadly Secret, Lights Out, Black Magic
  • 112: Hazmat Hell, Surgery Nightmare, Death Lunch, Bad Seed
  • 113: Laboratory Meltdown, Eye Witness, Unborn Clones, Silo Scare
  • 114: Deadly Feast, Fear in the Box, Fear Antics: Psycho, Maniac Cop
  • 115: Killer Clown, Lethal Conversation, Caught on Camera, Demonic Duel
  • 116: Chainsaw Attack, Beastly Breakout, Deadly Hicks, Alien Returns
  • 117: Dangerous Obsession, Web of Evil, Laboratory of Blood, Repo from Hell
  • 118: Security Breach, Taste for Blood, Zombie Grandma, Killer Car
  • 119: Bad Medicine, Killer Queen, Dead Alive, Alien Hunters
  • 120: Massacre Under the House, Unholy Ground, Video Victim, Mask of Death
  • 121: Lethal Touch, Showgirl's Revenge, Terror Next Door, Bigfoot Returns
  • 122: Home Invasion, Demonic Possession, Fatal Beauty, The Hunted
  • 123 Special: The Bloody Mirror, The Poltergiest, The Ouija Board, The Amityville Horror

Season Two

  • 201: Rage from the Cage, Killer Bees, Bring Out the Gimp, Grave Robbers
  • 202: Street Justice, That's Not Santa, Freaks Come Out at Night, Possessed Office
  • 203: Gorilla with a Fist, Regression Aggression, Fear Antics: Mandroid's Revenge, Flowers for My Lady
  • 204: What's in the Box?, Stakeout, Shocker, Radio Daze
  • 205: Brother's Keeper, Cult Compound Crackdown, Revenge of the Switchhiker, Drug Ring Sting
  • 206: Toilet Full of Scary, Desert Cult Trailer Attack, Wrath of the Mummy, Juvenile Justice
  • 207: Slaughterhouse of Horror, Porn Dorm Massacre, Desert Ritual, Walk-in Portal
  • 208: Wired for Revenge, Shave and a Headcut, Summon the Demon, Fear Antics: Hotel Hell
  • 209: Motor Psychos, Attack of the Rat Monster, I Me Minefield, There Are Men Coming Here to Kill Me
  • 210: Piranhas in the Pond, Chambermaid of Horror, Shotgun Wedding, Critters
  • 211: If I Only Had Your Brain, Open the Pod Bay Door, Wired, Fear Antics: Room With a View
  • 212: Power Outrage, License to Drive, Wolfman Tells Campfire Stories, The Bagman
  • 213: Backwoods Booby Trap, Demon's List, Newest Mental Patient, Mob Morgue
  • 214: For Whom the Bridge Trolls, Party Forever (Parts 1 & 2), Burned Alive
  • 215: Drone Helicopter, Fed-Execution, Girl in a Blood-Soaked Dress, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
  • 216: Unsafe, Eye of the Beholder, Tastes Like Chicken, Meet My Psycho Girlfriend
  • 217: Bedridden but Deadly, The Set Up (Parts 1 & 2), Lost and Found
  • 218: Pond Creature, Carface, Moonshine Mountain, Rubbed the Wrong Way
  • 219: Car Wash, Fear Antics: Running Man, Gimme a Hand, Spa of Death
  • 220: The Blob, Road Rage, Strip Club, Man of the Haunted House
  • 221: Alien House Call, Hackman Attacks, Final Entry, Hannah's Abduction

Season Three

  • 301: Satan's Baby, Wood; Chipper, Psychic, Black Project
  • 302: 3:10 to Hell, Patient's Rage, Fire Starter, Affection
  • 303: Genie in a Beer Bottle, Vampire Spa, Escaped Mental Patient, Alien Eggs
  • 304: Psycho in a Box, Cheaters of Death, Welcome to the Neighborhood, Ice Man
  • 305: When White Noise Attacks, Phantom Power, Walled Off, Paralyzed With Fear
  • 306: The Screaming Room, Death Bed and Breakfast, Little Person, Big Kill, Welcome to the Dollhouse
  • 307: Frankenstein's Basement of Terror, Who's Your Dead Daddy?, Wired for Fear, Pool of Blood
  • 308: Taxi Cab Carnage, Alien Consortium, Double Trouble Clone, Junkyard Showdown
  • 309: Home Video Horror, Last Will and Testament, Voodoo Vixen, Assassin's Apprentice
  • 310: When the Larvae Breaks, To Catch a Predator, Curse of the Samurai, Pickled to Death
  • 311: Big Scoop of Scary, Home Invasion, Healer/Killer, Coffin Refill
  • 312: Blood Bath, Meteor Virus, Carmageddon, Welcome to the Dollhouse 2
  • 313: Satan's Baby Returns, Screaming Room 2, Barbershop of Blood 2, Junkyard Showdown 2
  • 314: Basket Case, Human Stew, Web of Lies, Breakdown
  • 315: Ghoul Bus, Criminal's Rage, Killer's Hideout, Psycho Kid
  • 316: Channeling the Dead, Black Project 2, Zombie Testing, A Quick Bite
  • 317: 28 Minutes Later, Nightmare Session, Zig the Clown, Paranormal Radio Show
  • 318: Ranger Danger, Mistaken Identity (Parts 1 & 2), The Doctor's Trip
  • 319: The Collector, Cleansing the House, Finding the Truth, Psycho Dance
  • 320: Toxic Shock, The Pimp, Female Serial Killer, Can I Have a Kiss?
  • 321: Tow Truck Killers, Radioactive Tanning, Mental Patient's Drug Overdose, Cannibal Party
  • 322: Ghoul Bus 2, Wrong Identity, Nightmare Motel, Criminal's Second Rage
  • 323: Dying to Kill!, Big Phantom Power, Re-hatched Alien Eggs, Old Man of Death

Season Four

  • 401: It's My Party, The Squatters, Fraud Stick-Up, Crop Circle Showdown
  • 402: No Pain No Brain, Communicating With the Ghosts, The Freak Show, Blood on the Cosmos
  • 403: Killing Rosemary's Baby, Human Auction, Look in the Sky, Show and Hell
  • 404: Vampire Stakeout, Mind Killer, Wine to Die For, Grandpa Has Returned
  • 405: Life's a Witch, Revenge of the Werewolf, Alien Babysitter, Organ Harvesting Facility
  • 406: Alien Road Block, Lend Me a Hand, Black OPTS, Murderer Still at Large
  • 407: Valet Violence, Cursed Book, Possessed Farm, Demon Doll
  • 408: Tracy the Tour Guide, Into the Mist, Horror on the Horror Set, Death from Above
  • 409: Uh Oh! It's Maggots, Ultimate Alien Fighter, Fountain of Youth, He Shoots He Spores
  • 410: If These Walls Could Bleed, Size Splatters, Zombie Town, Truthisodes
  • 411: Chill Out, Reptile Creature Revolt, Gang Green Thumb, Scary Development
  • 412: Hot Under the Collar, Insanity Virus, No Asylum, Voo Doo You Love?
  • 413: Buzz Kill, Electrocutie, Ouija Sitter, Snakes in a Drain



  • MuchMusic

See also

  • Infarto: A similar scare/prank show airing on TV Azteca and Azteca América.
  • Room 401: A similar scare/prank show airing on MTV.
  • Gerilim Olur Musun: A similar scare/prank show airing on Kanal 1 in Turkey.

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