THE FEAR FACTOR FILE
STUNT: TOAD COFFIN
LOCATION: SABLE RANCH, CA
DESCRIPTION: A contestant is placed in a cage filled with hundreds of large bullfrogs; their partner must retrieve two keys (one in a pit of scorpions, one in rats) to free them. Once the contestant is freed they will both have to drink a blended bullfrog served in swamp water. The couple that takes the greatest amount of time to complete the stunt will be eliminated.
BEHIND THE SCENES PRODUCTION PHOTOS
- The cage used in the stunt was built out of reinforced bamboo to handle the weight of 400lbs of bullfrogs.
- The temperature of the water in the swamp was a chilly 52 degrees.
- Several heaters where used to keep the scorpions, rats and frogs warm in between takes.
Segment Producer Will Thayer prepares the Bull Frog cage.
The Fear Factor crew prepares for a long night of shooting in the swamp.
Producer Scott Larsen clears a path through the swap.
*There has been a lot of discussion about Dean helping Ashley finish her frog drink versus each of them drinking their own glass. Here is the Executive Producer's response:
Joe never describes the complete set of rules to the contestants. After Joe introduces a stunt all the contestants are informed of the specific rules of that stunt and must sign the rule sheet. In addition, Joe does not judge the contests. There are officials that keep the time and watch for rule violations. Rule number eight for this specific contest stated “Between the two contestants you must completely drink both glasses of blended frog.” Dean and Ashley chose to share the shakes (their strategy). The others did not.