A reality-based television show that contains footage of accidents and violence. Also: shock-umentary.
A study begun three years ago in response to public anxiety about violence on television has found a steady decline in violent fare on the broadcast networks, one area excepted, according to the third and final annual report, released here today.
The exception is a proliferation of “reality specials“ with titles like “When Animals Attack“ and “World‘s Scariest Police Shootouts,“ programs that the study‘s authors derided as “shockumentaries.“
—Lawrie Mifflin, “Study Finds a Decline In TV Network Violence,“ The New York Times, January 14, 1998
They‘ve been called everything from exploitive to thinly disguised snuff films.
They are animal “shockumentaries“ — reality-based programs that show animals attacking people — and they are easily the most violent shows on television.
—Alex Strachan, “Hunting an audience,“ The Vancouver Sun, March 17, 1997
Tuesday: Three all-Canadian slice-and-dicers — Psycho Girls, Fear Stalker and the video “shockumentary“ Splatter: Architects of Fear — are premiered, with the filmmakers in attendance.
—Bill Taylor, “Big Bop‘s schlock festival rates ‘B‘ for bizarre,“ The Toronto Star, September 5, 1986