Fight of the Living Dead: Experiment 88 (2016) Review

Fight of the Living Dead: Experiment 88 joins the folds of the YouTube Red community with edge of your seat entertainment and a fascinating social experiment both in real life and fictionally.

Black Box TV are known for their short films and episodic series such as their previously released Fight of the Living Dead series back in 2015. Although I can’t remember the first video that got me hooked to their channel, their quality and creativity continues to inspire me to create my own projects or be involved in others.

Set in an abandoned hospital, Fight of the Living Dead: Experiment 88 takes ten online personalities and throws them into a world we only know by fiction: the zombie apocalypse. In the case of this ‘story’, the ten participants are recruited by a company known as CONOP who “Solve tomorrows problems, today.”

The players’ mission? To survive 72 hours in this setup. With over 118 cameras, 300 zombies and on approximately 300,000 square feet of land, audiences are taken on a ride they most likely haven’t experienced before in a series.

The cross between the real and the surreal is an experiment in itself which I think is what often attracts me to unscripted shows like Fight of the Living Dead: Experiment 88. Sure, it needs some sort of narrative drive with various characters and challenges setup for its players, but for the most part we can assume Fight of the Living Dead: Experiment 88 was unscripted.

From the get go I was hooked, tuning into each episode and wanting to know what happened next. The alternate zombie ‘levels’ and history behind the zombie creation put a spin on the genre and series and even helped those players who had ‘died’ come back into the story-line in differing ways.

The only bothersome thing for myself was the ending. Without giving away too many details, the show ended with two characters successfully completing the experience. One was an obvious winner but the other seemed a tad random because they had only returned to the experiment right at the end. Even though it was a fictional story, I’d wished another player who has stuck around for the longest had made it to the end.

4/5