THE FEAR FACTOR FILE
STUNT: ISOLATION POD
LOCATION: RYCOFF BUILDING BASEMENT, DOWNTOWN L.A.
DESCRIPTION:Each couple must sit inside an isolation barrel where they will compete against opposing couples in a head-to-head endurance challenge. While inside they will face a series of mental and physical challenges designed to draw them out of their pod. In order to draw the game to a close they will face a final challenge where they will hold shut weighted valves in order to keep their barrel from flooding with water. The stunt was designed to last no longer than 3 to 4 hours.
PRODUCTION STUNT DIAGRAM
- The contestants had no idea that they were sitting on an electrified floor capable of delivering a 2000-volt shock.
- The pods where built out of modified septic tanks.
- A speaker was installed in the back of the pod that was capable of playing sirens at an obnoxious 140 decibels.
BEHIND THE SCENES PRODUCTION PHOTOS
Ex Korean War POW G. Gordon Liddy prepares to enter his isolation pod.
Director Rupert Thompson monitors the several dozen POV cameras mounted inside the Pods.
Cameras role as an emotionally shattered Leif Garrett falls to the floor after exiting the Pod.