Hidden camera TV prank shows are kind of like the television of U2 these days: they lost that cool factor ages ago and yet they’re still hanging around.
That’s why we feel like it’s our responsibility to report to everyone that there’s a new hidden camera prank show is coming courtesy of Gaten Matarazzo, who plays Stranger Things‘ resident prankster Dustin.
Deadline reports that Gaten will be executive producing and hosting a new eight-episode prank show, titled Pranked Encounters, for Netflix. Now prank shows are generally pretty harmless but this upcoming one is seriously twisted because its victims are all people just looking for a job.
What the hell, Dustin?
Apparently the premise of this “terrifying and hilarious” new show involves having two different people who think they’re starting the first day of a new part-time job, only for their paths to collide and “these part-time jobs turn into full-time nightmares.“
Shows like Punk’d worked because they didn’t really hurt anyone or involved pranking celebrities who are well off and don’t need our sympathy. But when hard-working people just looking to make rent and put food on the table are involved, this whole idea is just twisted and mean.
No idea when this show hits Netflix but at least they got the “terrifying” premise right. Having your livelihood threatened just for a prank is far scarier than any Demogorgon attack or exploration into the Upside Down.