Killer Entertainment

Does what we watch reflect who we are?


In the new TV show, Killer Karaoke, contestants confront a variety of nightmares — snakes, scorpions, octopuses, even electric shocks — while attempting to sing in front of a live audience.

Another new show, Wives with Knives, features women who stabbed their men, with the actual women commenting during reenactments — occasionally accompanied by the men.

Twenty-five years ago, in reviewing the 1987 film, The Running Man — about a TV show in the year 2019 where convicted criminals must escape professional killers – the New York Times referred to it as a “...science-fiction yarn (that) satirized American entertainment...”

Sadly, the difference between yesterday’s exaggerated fiction and today’s reality is getting narrower and narrower.

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