Television Tourniquet: We Behold '13: Fear is Real' -- Episode 4


13: Fear is Real Episode 4
"Fort Fear"
Original Airdate: 23 January 2009

In This Episode…

The boys are convinced that Erica is the killer.  But before they can make any sort of accusation, The Mastermind has them pack up and switch locations.  They are taken to an abandoned military fort.  According to the tale The Mastermind tells, in the 1800s, troops were trapped within the fort's concrete walls by the enemy.  When they ran out of food, they cannibalized the dead to survive.  Allegedly, the ghosts of the eaten now haunt the fort.  I can't help but wonder if the eaten portions return as ghosts, or if the ghosts are missing big clumps of flesh.

Anyway, the contestants don't even get to settle in before they're given their ritual.  Scattered throughout "miles and miles" of twisting hallways and hidden rooms are seven keys.  The keys open seven locked boxes in the armory, each containing a reprieve.  We have nine contestants at this point, so the two who do not get a reprieve go to the execution ceremony.  The two unluckies are Erica and Kelly.

Dig It or Bury It?

This episode definitely had some elements I enjoyed.  The seven keys were hidden in "places you won't want to look."  Some were just under beetles or centipede/worm-things.  One was under a bale of hay (not sure where the scary part is there – maybe it's scary if you have allergies?).  But several were hidden beneath bloody organs.  Sure, it would have been cooler if the keys were in the organs (which I assume are rubber).  I also liked the abandoned fort – not sure if it is scarier than the creaky shack in the woods they were in previously, but it is a damned cool set.

But the coolest part of the episode was that the armory was being guarded by two gators.  Leah was the first to stumble upon them (almost literally) and she damn near shit herself.  I must admit, finding them in the dark probably would have scared the shit out of me too (even though their jaws were discreetly clamped shut).  But from my comfy seat on the couch, it was highly amusing.


Erica and Kelly are blindfolded, bound, and basically burned at the stake like witches.  First to release herself from her bonds survives.  Hmm… sounds familiar… didn't Erica have to do this exact "challenge" last week, except with loud noises instead of fire?  She's obviously an old pro at it, because she wins this week's Execution Ceremony.

Horrifying Cliché

Aside from the burning at the stake, this episode was pretty much cliché free.  Though I wonder if they would have had the same execution if two men were being executed.


Next week, the contestants are sent back to school – a creepy, abandoned school.  I don't know about you, but my school was scary enough as it was, without the creaky noises and exploding lights.