Tuned In Journal: Nothing to 'Fear'
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NBC is trying to scare up young viewers with "Fear Itself" (10 tonight, WPXI), a new anthology horror series. Each episode tells a different story but in the first two, it's clear the stories won't be all that different from those we've seen a million times before.
Tonight's "Sacrifice" is about a bunch of good ol' boys who are out in the woods, get a flat tire and wander into a community of hot, young blond women who live like the Amish if the Amish were creepy.
Jesse Plemons -- Landry on "Friday Night Lights" -- plays the nicest and most naive of the three guys, who start to get the idea that the women they've met are hiding some secrets. It's not exactly a psychological thriller, more of a cheesy horror flick, the kind you laugh at for its obviousness and ridiculousness. Perhaps that's what the kids these days are looking for, but given the intricacies of the "Saw" stories, "Sacrifice" seems way too straightforward.
Next week brings "Spooked" with Eric Roberts as an ex-cop-turned-private-investigator who's haunted by his past. This one is more adult and a lot less scary-fun as Roberts' character is haunted by events of his past as he stakes out the home of a woman who thinks her husband is having an affair.
The most noteworthy part of "Spooked" to me was seeing actor Jack Noseworthy again. I'd sort of forgotten about him having not seen him in a while, but I was a fan of his mid-90s MTV series "Dead at 21."
First Published June 5, 2008 12:00 am