The Blackout Experiments (2016) Movie Review

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2016 | Horror, Documentary
78 minutes /

User Score: 51/100

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The Blackout Experiments Review


This documentary follows a group of people who discover the ultra-scary, psycho-sexual horror experience Blackout, and develop an obsession that hijacks their lives and blurs the line between reality and paranoid fantasy.

The Blackout Experiments (2016) is an American horror documentary that is centered around the experiential “Blackout” that had taken over Los Angeles and New York City. Director and editor Rich Fox (The Hammer (2007), A Band Called Death (2012), 7 Days in Havana (2012), Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (2009)) disclose a few of the activities that are held in secret at Blackout. He did a wonderful job teasing us by showing us some of the ways the people behind the experiential event manipulates people who want to enter. I was shocked to learn a few things that the participants had to do to be allowed to participate in Blackout. To name a few, they had to strip, sometimes engage in shameful acts, engage in sexual embarrassing acts, brief suffocation, waterboarding, endure physical and verbal abuse and underwent some other harsh things. Why in the world will anyone want to participate in Blackout if they have to do all of those things and more? Other things they had to do was fill out a questionnaire that asked numerous personal questions - they are given the address of a secret spot if they are accepted. They are then usually pulled inside a vacant commercial space that is temporarily “blacked out” with plastic tarps. The individuals are then blindfolded/gagged while most likely being manhandled.

Russell Eaton and Abel Horwitz are two participants that attend several Blackout events, and they are the ones that most likely was pushed the furthest mentally. It was strange to see how the haunt became somewhat like therapy for Russel and Abel as they fight their inner demons resulting in them becoming stronger humans. There is a few going around that The Blackout Experiments is more like a mockumentary to The Blair Witch Project but it is not. It is a documentary and might get confusing because of a small portion of the film where the subject cannot differentiate between fiction and fact. The documentary was a wonderfully unpredictable examination of psychological fear resulting in an entertaining and intriguing experience. I know for a fact that I do not know anyone that will pay to endure the above things so that they can participate in a torturous event. Do you believe that some individuals are upset when they are told that they cannot participate in Blackout anymore because they have already faced their limits? I enjoyed this film and what it has to offer although I found it was disturbing to see what the participants had to go through, but it was their choice to be made.

About The Blackout Experiments 2016

Title: The Blackout Experiments
Year: 2016
Runtime: 78 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Documentary
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.5/5 stars from 51 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 51
Starring: Bob Glouberman, Jessica Sowa, Andrew Gallagher, Allison Fogarty, Abel Horwitz
Director: Rich Fox