Don’t do these. Seriously.
The Set Up: I’m something of a connoisseur of Cheesy Zombie Flicks, but even I am amazed at how very many zombie scenarios begin with a person waking up naked and alone in a hospital. Cracked.com does a much better job that I ever could of explaining why this is a problem. Basically. if you are left on life support in a hospital your basically an Allsup’s burrito, hanging out in the warmer, just waiting for someone to eat you.
Despite the obvious problems, this remains as a standard in the zombie field.
The Prank: Pay the doctors and nurses, who will undoubtedly go along with this as it could in no way lead to a lawsuit, to leave your friend in the post-op recovery room alone. When he/she inevitably wakes up, groggy and hooked to half a dozen tubes in terrifically uncomfortable places, watch from a hidden location as he/she stumbles around in a hospital gown, calling out for help. Extra points if you can get the staff to moan and shuffle like they are undead.
2. Your Neighbor is a Vampire/Serial Killer/ cannibal etc
The Set up: You know the movies, the weird loner kid notices that his charming but off-putting neighbor is up to something fishy. The cops can’t catch him, the bulky guy down the street can’t catch him, but the weird kid, he can totally catch him.
The Prank: Convince your friend’s neighbor to start acting like a vampire. Film him walking into his house and Photoshop him out, presenting the tape to your friend as evidence. Fake your own death at the hands of the creepy neighbor, kidnap your friend’s mother, and laugh quietly from under the bed as your freaked-out friend stalks and kills his vampire neighbor. Yell “gotcha” as the cops cuff him and put him in the car.
3. La Llarona
The Set up: In the southwest, La Llarona, the crying woman, is the ghost of a bereaved woman who killed her children after her cheating husband broke her heart. Once the deed was done, she realized her mistake and killed herself. Now her ghost wanders along waterways and roadways, particularly along the Rio Grande, looking for unhappy people to drag into the muddy river.
The Prank: On a dark night, get your friend drunk and tell him/her the story while your driving. Be adamant about the truth of the story. Finally, dare your hapless friend to stand on the bridge and wait alone. Find a dark-haired woman, willing to wear a long white dress, to come up out of the water crying hysterically. Once your friend spots her, push him off into the water. Don’t worry, he won’t drown unless it’s been a wet winter.
4. Ghost in the House
The Set up: The reality shows in which goofy guys walk around in the dark with night vision cameras are multiplying. As such, it should be pretty easy to find some in need of work.
The Prank: Send them in without warning your friend that they are coming. The crew should inform your friend that her property is a known haunted location. Watch him freak out as the crew does their work and presents “evidence” that affirms that the house is haunted. Patiently wait for your friend to move out as the little house noises post-ghost hunt drive her crazy.