I've found a television show so mesmerizing, so terrifying, and so addictive, I can't turn the channel when it's on.
It disturbs me so much, after the show I have to mentally picture pretty things, like this gorgeous mountain scene.
The show? Animal Planet's Infested. (APL Fridays, 9pm)
Each episode chronicles three families who have experienced rodent or insect infestation in monstrous proportions. We're talking scorpions (scorpions!!), brown recluse spiders, some kind of mutant ant, bats, racoons, opossums, cockroaches, bird mites, bedbugs and--my personal favorite in that it freaks me out--the snake house.
The producers are geniuses. They start out with teasers on two of the families, and they work hard to build the suspense before revealing what particular infestation the family is dealing with. Then they cut away to a different family, flipping back and forth between stories and always leaving a cliffhanger at commercials. With interviews of the actual victims and re-enactments, the viewer gets an entertaining hour.
I often watch with a blanket ready to throw over my head. A series of gasps, "ew," "oh my goodness, oh my goodness," and "move out!" "burn it!" and "I couldn't stay a single night in that house" ensues.
My adrenaline kicks in, literally pushing me into fight or flight mode. Positive non-existent bugs are crawling over the surface of my skin, I get itchy. I also become paranoid. Is the kicked up area of mulch around the deck an extended family of possums ready to dig their way in? Could the gray spiders outside be making a move to invade our home?
You would think I'd be lunging for the remote to turn the television to something happy, something pleasant, but no. I become an angry wildebeest if anyone dares touch the remote during my show.
Last year's season of Infested was short, and I hope this year's season features more episodes. If not, I guess I'll have to enjoy the terror for now and wait patiently for the next installment.
Have you ever seen Infested? Are you insanely mesmerized by something that creeps you out?
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Enjoy the final gasps of January!