What is Prank Encounters season 2 about?

Prank Encounters S1 Episode 3 - Credit: Netflix
Prank Encounters S1 Episode 3 - Credit: Netflix /

Prank Encounters season 2 is one of the new movies and shows coming to Netflix in April. If you like hidden camera shows, especially scary ones and you’re familiar with Scare Tactics, Prank Encounters is very similar to that.

In fact, there are even a couple of actors who were in Scare Tactics who are also in Prank Encounters, including David Storrs, Sven Holmberg and Gabriel Pimentel. Will they be back in the second season?

We’ll find out when Prank Encounters season 2 starts streaming on April 1.

For now, let’s get an idea of what Prank Encounters season 2 is about, starting with its Stranger Things connection.

What is Prank Encounters season 2 about?

Like he did in season 1, Gaten Matarazzo is returning to host season 2. You know. “Dustin” from Stranger Things?

He did an incredible job coordinating the pranks in the first season, which started streaming in 2019.

In fact, he’s even one of the executive producers, along with Kevin Healey (who also produced Scare Tactics), Howard T. Owens (Haunted, In Search of…, Lore), Ben Silverman (Haunted, Lore) and Rob Hyde (Trapped!, Terrence Howard’s Fright Club).

Prank Encounters season 2 premise

Two victims are hired to do two separate jobs. At some point, their assignments overlap, and they’re thrust together in one nightmarish situation. Everybody else is actors.

How will they handle themselves and what hilarity will ensue?

It gets pretty crazy and then Matarazzo pops out to let them know it’s okay. It’s all just part of his show, Prank Encounters.

Here’s what kind of situations we can expect to see from season 2 thanks to the description on the trailer:

"Host Gaten Matarazzo pulls the strings on a new season of elaborate pranks involving everything from haunted mansions to ancient burial grounds. Yikes!"

Unlike Scare Tactics, which only targeted one victim, Prank Encounters targets two unsuspecting victims.

Also different, in Scare Tactics, the “targets” were set up by someone they knew. On Prank Encounters, they know no one. They’ve been hired to do some kind of a job.

That caused a bit of controversy for season 1. Decider explained it best, summing up the show’s “method of luring its victims” as a “misunderstanding.”

Some viewers felt it was mean to trick the job hunters, who would end up finding themselves still searching for employment once the prank was revealed. A lot of people felt that was just wrong. (Including Decider, at first).

But here’s a statement Netflix shared with Decider to clear things up:

"“The pranks in Prank Encounters are spooky, supernatural, and over the top, and everyone had a great time. All participants came in with the expectation this was a one-day, hourly gig and everyone got paid for their time.”"

Prank Encounters season 2 trailer

I want to be on a hidden camera show like this so bad. What about you?

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