1000 Ways to Die is a gruesome little guilty pleasure focusing on all the grotesque ways people can be killed. The show largely does a good job of making it fun and not too offensive, but at times it stumbles.
The writers took a few episodes to find the right formula. The first episode poked fun at people who died, often at work, for things that weren't really their fault. One sketch made a pun about the death of a laundry worker who died because his idiot co-worker didn't bother to unplug the dryer he was cleaning. Another cracked jokes about a girl who only died because she took her high heels off and then stepped in a puddle which unbeknownst to her had a wire in it. These early episodes were just cringe inducing.
Later episodes dealt with this issue by making certain the victims were too stupid or mean to be sympathetic. Even so, a certain feeling remains that it's wrong to be enjoying this show, especially when you hear that many of the stories actually did happen in real life, but to little children rather than the jerks you're watching.
1000 Ways to Die...the show your conscience will hate you for loving.
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.
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?
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.
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).
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.
This show is not for the faint of heart. It re-enacts some really gruesome deaths and these are deaths that have happened to real people. I can't believe some of them actually happened because they are so crazy, like one about a purse snatcher who ran into a car wash to get away from the police, slipped on water, fell back on a pressure hose that turned on and shot high pressure water into his skull until his head blew up. Some are a one in a million chance to happen, like a guy who gets killed by a stray bullet shot into the air from a mile away. It comes down dead on into his heart. Some make me think, I hope to God I don't die like that, like the guy who presented the brazen bull to an emperor who put the presenter into it to test it. If you've got a fascination for death and the macabre, you will enjoy this, the narrator makes some rye jokes to keep the mood a little lighter. It's not really meant to be a grim depressing show, just a show that makes you go, whoa that is messed up.
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.
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)
#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.
its true that it's not the type of shows where you would watch again or maybe you would but maybe after a long while, i know i did but never the less, the show from my simple view is unique if i may say its got the fear factor working pretty well but yet its manage to be funny what made it odd for me is that it claim that these accidents are real happened in real life stories i mean if that true, then there is so much to learn from this show in a scary hilarious sometimes weird ways to die mostly in an irony fashion which i like a lot i mean its something like final destination and some other similar shows and movies but it makes you laugh and the intro is just sick good sick i mean it goes, in the end something like that: "and every day we live we are lucky that we managed to be alive because every day we live we face a 1000 ways to die".
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.
I really like the Commentary of the deaths. At one side it gives important and informations about the death and on the other side it gives a short story. I really like the concept and I really enjoy watching it. A last thing I like is that they didn't only choose deaths from dumb people, but also possibilities of death penalties in the middle age.
Some stuff I don't like: -The Death Names are unfunny as hell - Sometimes the animation is really bad or unrealistic
My conclusion is that it is really worth watching it, if you don't take a good animation too seriously.
Let me start by saying this show is insane!!! This was the show that scared me for life, this was the show that made me fear hot tubs, This was the show that made me fear water beds. If you've never seen it, then let me tell you a little bit about it. 1000 ways to die is a show that basically shows you death. But crazy, insane, screwed up ways to die. Apparently they are based on real deaths. I don't know if they really happened. I know that 1 death really happened. They showed a death that took place at an Insane clown posse concert. In which, someone gets electrocuted by accidentally getting Faygo on an electrical wire.(Faygo is a soda) Thats the only death that i know actually happened. Overall, this was a great show, and it sucks they cancelled it. I used to watch it all the time, i've literally seen every episode. This show changed me in a way. It opened my eyes, and showed me that i need to be careful in life. It showed me that i should'nt be an idiot. It made me more careful in what i do. I know that probably sounds stupid or cheesy, but its true. This show made me into a more cautious, careful person. I recommend this show to others (if you can handle it)
There are times when you watch a horror movie and can't stop laughing at the stupidity of it all and the ridiculous and often comical deaths that occur. You also laugh knowing that you're watching an unreal event and no one has really been killed. Then there is this show, that presents alleged real-life deaths in the most convoluted and gruesome way possible and calls itself "entertainment" in the process.
What we have here is a rather lame attempt at creating a documentary of weird and over-dramatised deaths at the hands of people that on the one hand are either too stupid or too desperate to realise that if they go ahead and do whatever they have planned, they'll die in the process, and on the other hand we have mostly unfortunate people meeting their demise due to nothing more than being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
I've seen several episodes of this and the only reason I can tune in on an ad hoc basis is to listen to the science behind each death and what the body and organs go through or react to when humans decide to push the envelope a little too far. If the show were just about deaths and then the science of what when on and how death occurred, then I wouldn't have any real problem with it. What I take umbrage with is the underlying message that for selfish and hubristic reasons, all of these people somehow deserved to die and were served their comeuppance, and we as an audience are supposed to sit back and laugh through the experience of someone dying in horrible and often very torturous ways.
As an example, the man who decided to travel through Thailand on a happy ending massage tour. He heard a distant buzzing which was putting him off and when the masseuse went to investigate she unwittingly let loose a swarm of highly poisonous hornets which stung his body to death. Apparently the toxin was so potent, it dissolved his organs and the man died in absolute agony. The masseuse just ran off and didn't bother to help. I'm sorry but I find no part of that funny or deserving.
Or the man who boasted that he was able to swallow anything and live to tell, but when someone offered him their umbrella, his throat muscles triggered the release button and the umbrella opened up in his throat effectively cutting off his oxygen in seconds. So whilst being surrounded by people, no one was able to help him. Was what he did stupid? You bet! Did he deserve to die that way? Not at all. I doubt that any of the people who were there witnessing the incident weren't laughing about it.
Many people live off the land and many cultures eat bugs, but one man decided to cook and eat grasshoppers and little did he realise that he was allergic to some chemical that is contained in the carapace of the grasshoppers. Unless you've been tested for it, you'd never know you were allergic to this kind of food. The chemical reacted with his body and the poison shut down his organs and killed him. According to the show, he deserved to die as he and a friend were growing marijuana illegally.
Or the young woman who ended up in bed with a sports star only to then be shot in the head by a gun that was kept hidden in the oven. She pre-heated the oven as a nice gesture to make him breakfast the following morning and the heat in the oven reacted with the gun metal, which fired the gun as she opened the oven door. Again I don't find the death funny or deserving in any way.
This brings me to the reality of it all. From limited research, it would appear that most of the deaths as portrayed on the show are not entirely real and a huge amount of artistic license has been used for cheap laughs. While the disclaimer at the beginning advises us that names have been changed to protect the innocent, it would also appear that most of the circumstances of the various deaths are either taken from urban myths, with no real basis of reality, or the incidents are an amalgam of several deaths made to look as comical and as over-the-top as possible, thereby generating the laughs at the sheer ridiculousness of it all. Due to that I can't see a show like this as entertainment. As mentioned above, if this were a horror movie with actors then I can disassociate myself from the fake blood and deaths as they are exactly that, fake. In this case, the deaths are purported as being real with real people in real situations, so in knowing that I'm then expected to be entertained by a real persons death under the guise that the deceased person was supposed to die as they were engaging in something that they perhaps shouldn't have been. The viewing audience gets to schadenfreude over these incidents just as they would in a B-grade movie. To use the usually gruesome death of a real person for entertainment is in pretty poor taste.
There have been a few incidents where the "victims" are simply at the mercy of their own stupidity, so perhaps removing these people from the gene pool may be a blessing in disguise but with some of the actual deaths being a one in a million chance that the validity is highly questionable.
1000 ways to die is not a must see show, it's pure low-brow viewing and I can only imagine at the calibre of a person who would find any of this amusing. If any of the entertained masses ends up losing someone they care about, pray they don't end up on this show.
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.
For the few of you that know nothing about this show, it recreates unusual scenarios resulting in somebody dying. It concentrates on one death for about 4 minutes, before moving on to the next one, then the next one, then the next one. There's little focus on a single death, and it gets old quickly .
The deaths usually start out by introducing a character, usually a person they can kill without any remorse, and introduces the scenario. It then goes on to display the death using over the top blood and gore that looks to be equivalent to something you can buy at a local Halloween store.
The people that die in these stories are all either drunk, or stupid. The actors playing them are horrible, and not the least bit believable. It always sounds like they're reading off a script right in front of them.
The show always ends a death by naming it using some stupid pun.
The best I can say is that i occasionally got a chuckle out of the show, and a few of the deaths are somewhat interesting.
I would only recommend this show to people who are willing to turn their brains off, and watch amateur four minute horror movies.
Normally I wouldn't give a show, or a movie for that matter, such a low rating; however, "1000 Ways to Die" is both inappropriate and disrespectful. Sure TV shows has shown violent as well as terrifying ways to die, but many of these deaths are used to amplify the type of atmosphere the Director is looking for in the story.
Although the stories in "1000 Ways to Die" might be slightly modified and the names changed, the fact is the creator of "1000 Ways to Die" chooses to mock real cases where real individuals have died as a result of unfortunate circumstances or poor decisions. Not only is the idea of this show completely insensitive and morally unacceptable, but the "humor" is utterly distasteful. It's one thing to laugh at someone's misfortune in a fictitious movie; however, it's another to laugh at a real individual's misfortune especially if that misfortune should lead to their death. In the end, a viewer should ask him, or herself if they would laugh at the death of someone they loved. If not, than why does it become acceptable to laugh at the death of another?
In the end, this show is a disgusting shameful stain that should be removed.
This show does not teach safety and is just making a mockery over people's final moments. It is such an obnoxious show! My heart goes out to the families of these victims that are being exploited. Also, this show is not geared towards children, the vocabulary and content is not at a level that children would understand, let alone the fact that they have episodes about sex and other contents that is too mature. Also, again, its really not getting into detail on how to prevent the accident, most of these are just freak accidents that just happen and probably can't be prevented in the first place. I think it was made by religious nuts that want to preach about how its a miracle that we are alive and show in a subliminal way how some are punished! Its not like a show like Sesame Street or those after school specials that teach children the consequence and warn children of dangers; its not even teaching adults of dangers. Its mean and preachy and should be off the air!
I absolutely can't believe the reviewers here who are seriously PRAISING this load of crap and enjoying watching these people die, however fake it may indeed be. It's a sleazy show that goes out of its way to demean the victims while throwing in a bunch of cheap, gory effects for good measure. If you find this kind of thing humorous, chances are you probably have a mental disorder. It's stupid, weird and just plain pointless and crude, stooping to disgusting blood and guts for cheap thrills. Unlike MythBusters, which is actually quite innovative and clever while still maintaining some degree of decency, 1000 Ways to Die is just shameless and exploitative. Maybe I'm just being oversensitive but I also don't find racism or sexism to be comedic. There's certainly no good quality about this show, and the acting is terrible to boot. Way to go, my faith in humanity has just taken a very long vacation.
While mildly entertaining (if you close your eyes and cover your ears before the terrible pun at the end of every segment), it started to feel like very simplistic Bible teaching against any form of "sin". Let's take a look at victims of bizarre deaths: killers, murderers, drug dealers, drug lords... so far, so good. But the list goes on: bullies, drug users, fake priests, peeping toms, cheerleaders, feminists, fetishists, horny housewives, people watching porn, people that have piercings, eco-friendly people... And the commentary mocks them mercilessly. It looks like some religious nut-job was running this show, hell-bent on killing off everyone who is not another religious nut-job.
UNTRUE, Racist and Dumb. It betrays that Arabs are all terrorists and Indian doctors as crooked. I mean we all have seen the degrading of women and how most of the victims; if you choose to refer to them as "Faked Victims"; are evil. It is just a show to entertain 14 year old boys who can't sneak a Victoria Secret's catalog without mom seeing it. What's with that???? As if they're justifying the death as if to say" Hey Yeah I wanted you to die just like that" or "he/she deserves it". I think it needs to buy some class. I know that sex sells but you don't have to be racist and trashy, it is just feeding the mind of ignorant people and we all know what happens when ignorant and racist people rule the earth.