THE FEAR FACTOR FILE
STUNT: SUBMERGED BUG BOX
LOCATION: UNIVERSAL STUDIOS, HOLLYWOOD, CA
DESCRIPTION: One contestant will be placed in an airtight Plexiglass box filled with thousands of bugs and insects. The box will then be lowered into a pool of water and secured below the surface. On "go", the partner must rescue the contestant locked in the box by swimming underwater and undoing a threaded bolt holding the box to the bottom. The couple that takes the greatest amount of time to complete the stunt will be eliminated.
PRODUCTION STUNT DIAGRAM
- Superworms, roaches, beetles and maggots all shared the box with the contestants.
- The box was submerged six feet under the surface of the water.
- Breathing at a normal rate there was only fifteen minutes worth of fresh air inside the box.
BEHIND THE SCENES PRODUCTION PHOTOS
Safety divers get in position for the stunt.
With the contestant inside the tank is lowered into position.
Producer Tom Hershcko stands by to make sure things run smoothly.