Fear Itself

Season 1 Episode 1

The Sacrifice

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Jun 05, 2008 on NBC
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Episode Summary

The Sacrifice
On the lam from the authorities, four criminals find themselves held up at a decrepit fort inhabited by three alluring women who hold a deadly secret.

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  • The Sacrifice was a change in what we have mainly on tv today. It was a welcome change and I enjoyed watching this eppy in particular. I will continue to watch to see the work of the writers involved in this project, Fear Itself.moreless

    I was pumped about watching this Horror series or what is known as an anthology. My favorite Actor, Stephen Martines, was one of the characters in The Sacrific, playing Diego. I hated that he was one of the first to die, is one complaint. Another, did not like Lemon hanging upside. Other than this, I totally enjoyed watching something that is not one of my favorite genres to watch, and that is Horror. My cousin, who loves these type of shows, totally enjoyed it and basically kept me abreast of what happened during the scary and gore parts. I thought the writers did a great job in plotting this eppy and that it did the trick of keeping me on edge throughout. A+++moreless
  • Much better than I expected it to be! A solid start for Fear Itself.

    I tuned into Fear Itself Thursday with very low expectations due primarily to the fact that I dislike a high % of what passes for horror these days. But, I was pleasantly surprise by this pilot episode. I found the script for The Sacrific to be a pretty original take on Vampire lore, something that is not easily accomplished, as the genre has been mined to near death. The acting was all pretty top notch for TV, and that several scenes offered solid suspenseful moments.

    My only real complaint is that the action sequences where poorly staged, especially the final sequence which was pretty lackluster.

    But I found this to be a solid start for Fear Itself, hopefully the new show can continue to offer episodes of this quality.moreless
  • Pretty good episode. :)

    I'll admit that I was a little disappointed by this episode. NBC promoted the show so much and hyped it up into this...blockbuster that it wasn't. I was not scared, not even startled, at all. The way the show was promoted, there should have been some scary moments, at least a few.

    The story was pretty good. I thought the acting was decent. The part where the woman sewes Navarro's (?) lips closed was gross and cool. I hope that NBC doesn't rely on gore stuff to sell this show. The story has to be good as well. I'm happy to say that this story was more than decent. I loved Lemon and I'm glad that they gave us a character to feel sorry for, to sympathize with. He was a lovable little bro and he didn't make it. The mistake with most horror movies/shows is that they don't make you care about the characters. They did a good job of giving you character insights so that when people get killed, you actually feel bad for them. I especially enjoyed the ending. No happy ending. Happy endings are not always the best way to go and I truly appreciated this ending.

    I am looking forward to seeing more of this show. I can't wait for next week.moreless
  • A good start, not a great one but better than expected...

    The plot was very good as was the setting:

    The Plot; An isolated community holds a monster prisoner, at the cost of cutting off all contact with the outside world, only letting people in to feed said monster.

    The Good; There was the use of the old Vampiric Folklore, remedies and countermeasures, something we don't see in most films today, and the suspense was well built.

    The Bad: The villagers claim that they have tried and failed for years to destroy the monster (a Vampire)but in the end with the outsiders, they manage to destroy it by doing nothing special (torching the place)something that could have done very easily on THE DAY In Plain Daylight. The ending was proper and creepy and it saved the episode for going to hell (no pun intended)but somehow overall the episode lacked the strength for a solid series opener...moreless
  • In my opinion, this pilot failed to deliver. I will not continue watching.

    What an interesting opening. I like the scary theme song and music. The images are really graphic and I like it. Reminds me of a really scarier version of the opening to [Ghost Whisperer]. Which is good when it comes to supernatural things. I like it much better than the [Supernatural] opening actually. Graphic is good. The color tone and the setting of the episode also reminded me of the yellow tinge belonging to [Carnivale], the scenes at the creepy compound in [Big Love] and the movie [The Texas Chainsaw Massacre]. The scary light-blonde sisters reminded me of the movie [Sleepy Hollow]. A great atmosphere for a horror/thriller series like this one. Totally my kind of thing.

    When she started to sew the guy's mouth, I knew this was gonna be good. Something so dark and simple, so wrong yet felt so right. And when Virginia left the guy to rot in the ditch, whoa. And what's a creepy show without a mute? Looking verrrrrrrrry forward to watching the mute finally speak in the future.

    But then came all the anti-climatic, poorly handled action scenes. I guess the direction was fairly alright, but the magnitude of it, the creation of suspense and thrill that audiences expect, was just not enough for me to appreciate it. By the end of the episode, I was quite sick and tired of listening to the zombie screaming and I was particularly agitated by the cliche situation where the head criminal and the creepy townswoman held hands as they watched a great fire.

    If you're going to start a show with such an ambitious theme, it's got to me right on the money. It wasn't for me.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Trivia: In Romania there is a superstition that a person should be buried face down with their mouth sewn shut, and this way a vampire would not be able to rise from its grave.
      Another superstition states that sewing the mouth shut prevents an evil spirit from entering and possessing the corpse. Also, by staking Navarro, Chelsea is preventing him from becoming a vampire, even if eventually fed upon.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Chelsea: When our people came here from Romania, the creature hid among them. They built this fort away from others to keep it hidden. As long as we supply it with food...
      Point: You mean humans.
      Chelsea: ...stays here with us. Do you think we want this burden? We have dedicated our lives to saving a world we've never even seen. We know what we do is wrong, but what choice do we have?
      Point: Kill the son of a bitch!

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