Eli Roth will (fake) shock you in Discovery's 'How Evil Are You?' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

On the night before Halloween, there will be no ghosts or goblins skulking about in How Evil Are You? (Discovery Channel, 9 p.m.), but that doesn’t make it any less disturbing. Hosted and produced by Hostel writer-director Eli Roth, the one-hour special — which is part of the Curiosity series — examines the nature of evil as the horror movie maven submits to a brain scan that measures his physiological responses to upsetting images (and compares them with those from potentially psychotic minds). As his pièce de résistance, though, he re-stages Yale Professor Stanley Milgram’s controversial 1961 experiment. (In the Milgram experiment, subjects were ordered to give a set of increasingly powerful electric shocks to people as punishment for answering questions incorrectly. The shocks weren’t real; Milgram was simply seeking to explore subjects’ limits on obeying authority, and the results weren’t always pretty.) In this clip, you’ll see a tease of what happens when Roth decides to put a new set of subjects in the hot (electric) seat to find out if we’re “better or worse than we were 50 years ago.” Press play or WE WILL ADMINISTER 450 VOLTS ALL OVER YOU. (Just kidding. It’s not even plugged in.)

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  • Wow

    That’s fascinating! I’ve heard of the Milgram experiments and it’s amazing that even today, people defer to “authority” in going beyond their comfort zones.

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    • Greg

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  • Peter Vee

    They should also try Jane Elliott’s Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes exercise. Frightening and depressing what most people are willing to do when they are told it is socially acceptable.

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  • Grace

    Ummm are they ethically allowed to do this experiment? Laws prohibit any experiments to be undergone without the participants knowing exactly what is going on.

    • Ian

      Any comment that begins with ‘Ummm’ is usually false.

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      • Roy_Munson

        Ummm, you’re really smart

    • Kristin

      Since all experiments rely on the participants knowing nothing about it’s real intention, or that they have been given false information, to avoid “the Hawethorne effect”, I’d say no, there aren’t any laws prohibiting that.

    • Peter

      Yeah, you’re grossly misinformed. Psychology experiments wouldn’t even be possible.

      Besides, you asked two questions: is it ethical and is it legal. Two different things.

      Cite some laws if I’m wrong.

      • Triam

        Actually, not all experiments rely on participants being deceived, such as implicit association tests. You know you are being tested on racism and other things, but the questions are asked so fast and randomly you can’t anticipate the outcome. In actual psychological tests deceit has to be a last resort and kept to a minimum. This test is unethical AND illegal for any person in a psychological field. You can lose your license for it. My only guess is that its legal for entertainment purposes or just faked.

    • RyanK

      What you say then would eliminate the “blind” element that is important to so much research. That’s why all research participants are instead asked to sign waivers and the like saying they accept whatever occurs as a result of this test.

    • jeni

      They can if knowing about it could skew the results, but they still have to get informed consent afterwards.

  • aussie dave

    Zachary Quinto and Eli Roth should play brothers in something. So similiar.

    • Annie

      RIGHT!?? I was SO confused during _Inglorious Basterds_.

    • Karl

      Hear, hear. I clicked on this article thinking, “What’s Quinto got to do with Eli Roth?”

    • Greg

      How about just glorious bastards_

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  • Peter

    This looks very interesting, though I refuse to believe Roth was disturbed by it.

    • B

      Yeah, because filming fake murders and watching someone do it in real life are the same thing.

      • Peter

        First of all, he’s not watching murders. Second, pushing the boundaries of taste is his bread and butter. His films use horror to titillate, not horrify. The sicker society is, the better off he is.

  • oshi

    She (Ms Roth) will do anything for attention and relevance…

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  • Classic Steve

    Interesting, but I want to know the answer to Roth’s question: Statistically, did they do better or worse?

  • Anthony

    Who cares what this arrogant, talentless, mindless tool does? His movies are crap. He’s a terrible actor, director, and writer. I wish he’d give up and stop peddling his rapist-looking face all over the place.

    • blumk

      Agreed. He even thinks he is evil. So stupid, He is only another crazy pshycopath wanna be.

  • Mona Shaw

    What astonishing me in these comments is that it doesn’t seem to concern anyone that, as a rule, people will hurt other people if they’re told to without much resistance. I find this terrifying for our collective survival. Not to mention it makes me quite embarrassed to be a member of my species.

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    I am not saying nonsense. This is awesome information. I have already came to similar conclusion.It is a real eye opener and may prompt me to make some serious changes to my current strategies.

    • blumk

      Then you should read “the anatomy of human destructiveness” by Erich Fromm, it will explain the milgram experiment and others worst….

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