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Let's first get this out of the way - 1000 Ways to Die is like a
slasher film. Except it's actually a TV series. And the deaths
portrayed actually happened. Sort of.
1000 Ways to Die is exactly what the title suggests - a barrage of odd and unbelievable ways to die. These are claimed to be dramatizations of actual deaths. What they really are are loose interpretations of rumored deaths, sort of what would happen if Mythbusters cut out the mythbusting part of their show. The deaths here aren't really to be taken seriously, just enjoyed.
And boy are they enjoyable. You get some really entertaining special effects in this show. These deaths look like they were taken straight out of a campy horror flick, between the decapitated heads and severed intestines. Yes, decapitated heads and severed intestines. On prime time cable. Pretty rad, huh? And what would decapitated heads and severed intestines be without retarded men, sexy women, and flat-out neo-Con inspired racism? And boy, if you like all of the above, you'll love this show.
As for me, I'm a little appalled at what this show gets away with, and how dumb it is. But entertainment is entertainment, and I find myself oddly entranced by increasing amounts of blood and brains as this show continues (as one 'expert' put it, 7 gallons of blood, to be precise). As much as this show epitomizes the mindlessness of American television as of late, it also epitomizes the rough, tough, masculine culture that Spike claimed to embody but hadn't yet delivered. Well, this show delivers testosterone-pumped entertainment in its purist form. Sex, drugs, and guts. And really, how could you argue against THAT?
Amidst a number of shows which try so hard to be cerebral and generally
expose themselves as fraudulent, 1000 Ways to Die is an odd breath of
sincerity; sincerely stupid and ridiculous, but refreshing. Each show
is a collection of 'shorts' wherein someone dies, usually in an unusual
way. The acting is atrocious. The special effects are mediocre. The
narration is often funny. And each scene concludes with a 'title' for
that death, which is usually a pun. In my opinion, it's the funniest
bit of the show, and you'll probably find yourself trying to guess what
the death will be 'called' before it appears on screen.
The dramatizations are pure ridiculousness. In many cases, it's pretty clear that the producers and writers took great liberty with the characterizations (they wanted to make sure that for the most part, you don't feel too much sympathy for those who are going to die). Practically every other woman on the show is a stripper (as the narrator assures us) and ample screen time is given to showing us these women strutting around as sex kittens before someone else around them dies. Is it possible that death follows strippers? Maybe. I really don't know. But this is about the only 'thought candy' 1000 Ways to Die provides.
It also gets funny to see the 'experts; the show uses, to attempt a legitimization of itself. The same people keep showing up as experts, though their titles shift. The conspiracy theory expert becomes a certified 'deathologist' an episode or two later. I suspect he was really just some guy selling newspapers outside the studio, who was offered a few bucks to act official and accepted.
And the show doesn't suffer for it one bit.
It's a comedy. Enjoy it as dumb fun and it will indeed be fun. Expect more and you'll be let down. But you should have a pretty good idea of what the show is within the first five minutes.
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Well, this is my first review here , so please bare with me.
Well i watched this on my Pc and din't expect it to be too bizarre. Rather i thought it will be just another show which promises bizarreness like the ones they usually show, and guess what i was remarkably wrong. First of all ,if you are faint hearted i would request you to give this show 'the pass' .
The show depicts intense scenes of violence and possible(not probable) ways to die.It is extremely graphic and shows us how death comes about when you are least expecting it to knock on your door. This show is much like 'Final Destination'(the movie) , i would go as far as saying it is even more violent pertaining to the fact that , the deaths portrayed are real. Especially the one particular death of a reclusive guy called Mark who had a weird hobby of collecting deadly slimy creatures. I am not going to say anything more than this.
This show is only for people who can take this up for educational viewing and seriously not for the faint of heart.
On the whole i would say this is an excellent show and i am looking forward to the next episode.
The show is very unique, entertaining, and additive. It takes crazy
deaths that possibly happened in real life and builds a story around it
typically showing a bad person receiving what they deserve. It is not
the absolute best show on TV, but myself along with a lot of people I
know from different age ranges and backgrounds enjoy it. Only the type
of death is based on true events, the story that is built around it is
100% made-up for entertainment value. Ron Pearlman (Sons of Anarchy,
Hellboy, Beauty and the Beast) is a perfect narrator for the show.
My main reason for posting was to respond to some of the negative reviews...
1) Trashy and Tasteless, 14 October 2010, Author: Lloyd Bowman
The show is not meant to be tasteful, it is there for entertainment purposes. If the show was bland simply going over these odd deaths, then it most likely not be on the air due to a lack of audience. It has a targeted audience and does a great job reaching them. Lastly, the show is on SPIKE TV...if you are looking for something tasteful, then you are on the wrong channel.
2) Terrible exploitation of people, no lessons learned!, 9 March 2011 Author: Kristinartist79
The show allows viewers to see possible ways that they could die that they would never dream of. In that aspect, it does serve a purpose. One example was "Water-Logged". I have personally jumped off rocks into the water along with thousands, maybe millions of other people. Did any of us think that water might actually shoot up your rectum? Now, I would think about it twice prior to doing it again. Who knows, it might of saved my life or another viewers. Also, how does it not get into how to prevent it? Simple, DO NOT DO IT! Each episode shows you exactly how the death occurs along with experts explaining it to you. So how do you not see how to prevent it? Lastly, you state it is not for kids...WOW, really? It is a show about people being killed in strange ways...why would I show that to my kids? On top of that, it is on SPIKE TV, not PBS. The fact that you even brought that up along with Sesame Street and religion shows that you are a complete idiot and you should not be allowed to watch TV.
3) Unconventional, 13 November 2011, Author: Megan Ross
When you watch a movie, do you want to see good people being killed? When you read or watch the news, do you want to hear about an innocent grandmother being shot? Not at all. On the other hand, you do want to see the enemy or bad guy being killed in the movie along with the robber, rapist, murderer getting killed in real life instead of their victims. With that being said, for the show to gain an audience and have that audience enjoy what they are watching, they have to show situations where a bad guy or someone that deserves to die. This allows us to enjoy it. I wouldn't watch it if innocent people were being killed, nor would anyone else.
When I heard of this show I thought it sounded like an interesting
concept. However, watching it really disappointed me. The running
commentary is glib and flippant, more interested in blaming, degrading
and making fun of the victim than it is portraying odd yet real ways in
which people's lives end. Given that that these are purportedly
reenactments of real actual deaths, the running narration and
enactments of the deaths make the show tasteless and trashy. It doesn't
even rise to the level of camp.
You may enjoy the program, but given the obvious loathing the show has for what its creators deem idiots and losers, I can picture its producers taking glee from their viewers' deaths, thinking them to be idiots if they are watching.
Everybody dies sooner or later. Don't waste what is left of your life watching this. You'll live to regret it. (1 out of 10)
This is a reality show that people are dying to appear on.
Actually, no one really wants to be on 1000 Ways To Die. But some people are just either too stupid or too unlucky not to.
If you can imagine the people who do the "Darwin Awards" website writing a horror movie, this is probably close to what they would come up with. Each death is horrific, but you find yourself feeling a little better afterward, because in most (not all) cases, you realize the gene pool just improved a little bit.
The best deaths are those that fit the way the deceased lived. There are so many of these that it is impossible to list them all. (See every show. There's at least one example in each episode).
#629: A man is having an x-ray of his head taken when the doctor and
nurse begin having sex in the control room. They accidentally hit the
exposure button repeatedly while having sex, eventually giving the
patient a lethal dose of radiation. This is one of the brutal and odd
deaths explored in this episode. The way it plays out on the show,
however, is hilarious.
One of the networks that I try to avoid is Spike TV. They never seem to have anything that's worth watching. Wrestling and obstacle courses aren't my idea of entertainment. I gave this show a chance while I was channel surfing, watched one death and much to my surprise I was hooked.
This show is immensely entertaining and have since changed my opinion about Spike. They did what would seem impossible by taking a real life horrific situation and gave it the feel of an old school slasher flick.
1000 Ways to Die recreates these stories with an abundance of gore and prosthetics giving it the feel of a horror film. It really makes the show a lot of fun, and almost makes you forget that this actually happened.
What I love most about the show is the intentionally bad acting on display here. Everyone's reactions and line delivery are just so bad that they're hilarious.
In short, horror fans will love this show.
I disagree with the person who said that viewers of this show are stupid. I think that this show is a great way to show people that they need to be careful by showing how the victims died unexpectedly. On the other hand, I agree with the person who said that the producers seem more concerned with making the victims seem like idiots, jerks, or bitches than actually portraying the deaths. While I'm sure that some of the victims either weren't the most likable people or the smartest people, I highly doubt that they were all mean or stupid since anyone, no matter how nice or intelligent they are, could just drop dead at any moment, for some unknown reason. All in all, great show, but personally, I think they need to stop making generalizations like that.
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Shocking and very explicit in gory details. All of the victims are loathsome people who get their just desserts. It's entertaining and sometimes funny. I don't believe most of the scenarios, though. I do believe they are based on actual deaths and that the deaths occurred as depicted. However, I think the story lines are made up and that some dramatizations are derived from several different incidents, as when someone is wounded and then killed. It's very engrossing and habit forming, particularly when Spike TV has marathons of this show. The production values are good and it is fast- paced. I would recommend this show...but not if you'r bothered by extreme gore.
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I have seen every single episode of this television series, and I am
well aware which stories depicted are true and which ones are nothing
more then urban myths. The television show is not a documentary as it
advertises itself to be, but rather a docu-fiction.
The show features 5-6 reenactments of so called "real deaths" per episode, and despite the vastly inappropriate and cheesy nature of these little segments of death you may actually learn a thing or two.
The problem with this show is its honesty. The first two seasons featured the most true stories, but as the series progressed we enter the town of bulls**ts-ville. Urban Legends started dominating the show, and the characters became more and more ridiculous as the show progressed. The show became more concerned with making fun of celebrities, and keeping up with the latest internet trends then actually searching for strange deaths to feature on the show.
Such Celebrities such as Mel Gibson, and Charlie Sheen were parodied on the show, which prevents me from enjoying the show or believing that some of the events actually occurred.
The show takes a lot from The Darwin Awards, which has been making fun of death for years. But Social Darwinism comes with it's controversies. A lot of people find Human stupidity vastly entertaining, and even more so if the stupidity resulted in the person's unfortunate demise. A lot of people also find the tongue and cheek perspective on death insulting and dehumanizing. So if your heart is in the families of these victims, then this show isn't for you.
This show does one thing real well, and that is entertainment and shock. I learned so many random little history and science facts, along with tons of gore, sex, and drugs. It made learning fun, even if what you were learning wasn't all too valuable. The stories were interesting, humorous, and downright bizarre. It makes it easy to strike up conversations with people who have never seen the show.
Despite it's flaws, I can honestly say I love this show to death.
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