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Host
The Mastermind
Broadcast
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The CW: 1/7/2009 – 2/20/2009
Packagers
Jay Bienstock Productions
Ghost House Pictures
Jay Bernstein Productions
Magic Molehill Productions
Warmer Horizon Productions

13: Fear is Real was a short-lived reality show where 13 people were exposed to fearful situations and whittled down to one, who would win a cash prize of $66,666.

Gameplay[]

The show involved 13 people competing against each other to avoid elimination in situations utilising their "deepest fears". The 13 would face shocking surprises, psychological scares and lots of "beware of the dark" moments, all designed by a "mastermind" of terror. In addition to frightening them, he would also entice individuals to work in concert with him and against the others, creating a situation in which the 13 would not only look over their shoulders but would also never be certain who is real before them. Each week, one or two unlucky victims were "killed off" via frightening challenges and game-playing until only one person was left to win the grand prize of—fittingly—$66,666.

Challenges[]

Each round of the game consisted of two challenges: a "ritual" and an "execution ceremony."

Rituals[]

"Rituals" were challenges designed to prey on players' deepest fears. They were played either as two-player teams or as individuals. In team rituals, if there was an odd number of players, one would sit out and was granted immunity for that round.

The ritual was set up so that either one team or two individual players would fail the challenge. The two players that failed the challenge were "condemned" to the "execution ceremony."

Execution Ceremonies[]

The "execution ceremony" was an elimination challenge normally played between the two players that failed the "ritual." If the current "killer" was successfully accused, they would also participate in the execution ceremony, as would any player who falsely accused another player of being the "killer."

Normally, the execution ceremony would consist of the players racing to escape a death trap of some sort. If a player successfully escaped, they would return to the game. The last player still in the death trap would be "killed" and eliminated from the game.

Prior to the execution ceremony, players would record "last words" on video as a farewell to the group in case they lost. The player who was "killed off" would have their video viewed by the rest of the group.

The Death Box[]

The death box was introduced the day after the contestants arrived. It was able to kill off a total of three players. Whoever had the death box became the "killer" and could kill off any other player at any time other than during a challenge. Any player who was killed off by the death box was eliminated from the game immediately, without any chance to give any last words. A bloody glove would be left on the bed of any player who was killed off by the death box.

Possessing the death box posed a risk to the killer. If another player believed that a particular player held it, they could accuse that player of being the killer. In this case, all of the remaining players had to decide whether they agreed with the accusation. If so, the accusation would stand, and if correct, the killer would have to surrender the death box and would be sent to the execution ceremony.

Accusing another player of being the killer itself carried a risk. If the accusation was false, the accuser would then be sent to the execution ceremony.

If a player was killed off while in possession of the death box and it still had one or more uses remaining, it would be re-introduced to the game prior to the next ritual.

Contestants[]

Elimination Chart
Name Age Hometown 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Ted Kirner 26 Philadelphia, PA Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe RISK WINNER
Nasser Goins 20 Philadelphia, PA Safe RISK Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Dead
Erica Johnson 21 Waycross, GA Safe Safe RISK RISK Safe Safe Safe Dead
Melyssa Nocar 24 Columbus, OH Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Dead
Adam Wood 25 Seattle, WA Safe RISK Safe Safe Safe RISK Dead
Leah Lucas 21 Philadelphia, PA Safe Safe Safe Safe RISK Dead NOT IN GAME
Cody Minshew 22 Austin, TX Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Dead NOT IN GAME
Rodney Craft 26 Los Angeles, CA Safe Safe Safe Safe Dead NOT IN GAME
Kelly Marquardt 23 San Diego, CA RISK Safe Safe Dead NOT IN GAME
Ryan Norys 24 Yorba Linda, CA Safe Safe Dead NOT IN GAME
Steffinie Phrommany 29 North Hollywood, CA Safe Safe Dead NOT IN GAME
Laura Paul 27 Medford, OR Safe Dead NOT IN GAME
Lauren Harris 24 Cherry Hill, NJ Dead NOT IN GAME
Template:Note: In episode 1, Rodney found the death box and became the killer.
Template:Note: In episode 2, Nasser falsely accused Laura of possessing the death box, and was forced into the execution ceremony.
Template:Note: In episode 6, Erica found the death box and became the killer.
Template:Note: In episode 8, Nasser found the death box and became the killer.
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You'll find the wikicodes within source editing. The contestant won and survived 13: Fear is Real, and claimed The $66,666 prize from The Mastermind.

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The Mastermind[]

Not much is known about the mastermind. In the last episode, it was revealed that he had a brown bag with the prize of $66,666. When Ted stumbled to the cabin, he saw the "supposed" mastermind, but was really a dummy wearing a solid white mask covering the face.

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Link[]

Official Website (via Internet Archive)