Do you know what scares you? You will get to see what scares the living daylights out of average citizens just like you on "Scare Tactics", the hit series from the Sci-Fi Channel and the producers of the hidden camera show Spy TV. The series puts a new spin on the hidden camera idea by featuring pranks inspired by science-fiction and horror films. Such pranks feature "victims" in situations involving haunted houses, alien abductions and more. As an added twist, throughout the seasons the different hosts of Scare Tactics take part in many of the show's pranks.
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Scare Tactics - Hereditary (film) - Netflix
Hereditary is a 2018 American supernatural horror film written and directed by Ari Aster, in his feature directorial debut. It stars Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, Ann Dowd, and Gabriel Byrne, following a family who is haunted following the death of their reclusive grandmother. The film premiered on January 21, 2018, in the Midnight section at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and was theatrically released in the United States on June 8, 2018. It was acclaimed by critics, who called it “truly, upsettingly powerful on an emotional level”.
Scare Tactics - Critical response - Netflix
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 89% based on 248 reviews, and an average rating of 8.2/10. The website's critical consensus reads, “Hereditary uses its classic setup as the framework for a harrowing, uncommonly unsettling horror film whose cold touch lingers long beyond the closing credits.” On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating to reviews, the film has a weighted average score of 87 out of 100, based on reviews from 48 critics, indicating “universal acclaim”. Writing for Rolling Stone, Peter Travers gave the film 3.5 out of 4 stars and called it the scariest movie of 2018, saying “it's Collette, giving the performance of her career, who takes us inside Annie's breakdown in flesh and spirit and shatters what's left of our nerves. Her tour de force bristles with provocations that for sure will keep you up nights. But first you'll scream your bloody head off.” Alex Hudson from Exclaim! praised the film for avoiding horror movie clichés in favor of genuine scares, saying, “Hereditary avoids cheap shock-and-awe scare tactics almost entirely, instead building up a bone-chilling tension that's relatable and frighteningly realistic.” For The A.V. Club, A.A. Dowd gave the film an A−, stating that, “In its seriousness and hair-raising craftsmanship, Hereditary belongs to a proud genre lineage, a legacy that stretches back to the towering touchstones of American horror, unholy prestige-zeitgeist classics like The Exorcist and Rosemary’s Baby. Remarkably, it’s a first feature, the auspicious debut of writer-director Ari Aster, whose acclaimed, disturbing short films were all leading, like a tunnel into the underworld, to this bleak vision.” Common Sense Media gave the film four out of five stars and advised that it was suitable for viewers aged 17 or older. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of “D+” on an A+ to F scale. Some publications noted the critics-to-audience discrepancy, comparing it to Drive, The Witch and It Comes at Night, all of which were critically acclaimed but deemed too “slow” and “arthouse” for mainstream moviegoers.
Scare Tactics - References - Netflix