Paul Scheuring throws away the key in new trailer for THE EXPERIMENT

Drew Tinnin

by: Drew Tinnin
July 12th, 2010

Ever heard of the Milgram experiment? Back in the '60s, Yale conducted a study to determine if a moral climate could be created again where those involved felt justified in bringing in another Holocaust. In other words, if given the right environment, would people become evil? In the experiment, subjects were brought into a room where a "person of authority" pointed them to a control board and handed them a series of questions. They were told to ask a question to another subject, who was in another room within earshot. If that question was answered wrong, the subjects were told to shock the other person. As the voltage increased, the "person of authority" calmly told the subject, "The experiment requires that you continue." About 60% of the subjects continued to shock the other person until their screams turned to silence. What they didn't know was that the subjects in the other room were actors.

Paul Scheuring's straight-to-DVD thriller THE EXPERIMENT (based on 2001's DAS EXPERIMENT) is based on an experiment that shares a lot of similarities with the now infamous Milgram experiment. The film (starring Forest Whitaker and Adrien Brody) is based on the 1971 Stanford experiment where the psychological effects of being a prison guard or inmate were studied to see how the dominant/submissive dynamic played out.

Give up your belongings at the gate and check out the trailer after the break!

If you're curious about other experiments and bizarre happenings that have gone on since WWII, check out the great book Elephants on Acid by Alex Boese. It's sure to blow your hair back.

Source Hey You Guys, via Quiet Earth

Other articles that you might like:

Commenting Rules: Comments are intended to open up the discussion to our readers about the topics at hand, and as such should be offered with a positive and constructive attitude. If your comment is not relative to the above post or is disrespectful to the authors and readers, we reserve the right to delete it. Continued abuse of our good nature will result in banishment of the offender. Additionally, if you have any burning issues to point out to the GATW crew - typos, corrections, suggestions, or straight-up criticism - please email us instead of commenting here.

  • Recent Post