A more modern version of the classic ransom note, gaining popularity in recent years with the increasing use of the internet and real life use by the Al-Qaeda franchise.
Basically, our particular hostage is tied to a chair with a flag backdrop, while one or more bad guys in balaclavas look menacing with firearms. Then the hostage is forced to a) denounce his country b) read out his captors' demands c) beg his nation's leaders to help or d) a combination thereof.
Other variations include placing the hostage in mortal peril with a ticking clock.
If the bad guys don't get what they want, things might turn into a Snuff Film
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- The second Miss Congeniality had a hostage video of Cheryl and Stan, which was the whole reason the rest of the movie happened.
- In Iron Man, Tony Stark is shown in in one after his capture. It turns out that the terrorist group that kidnapped him are asking for more money to kill him for Obadiah Stane, after finding out who he is.
Live Action TV
- The Bill had this happen to Abigail Nixon, who was tied up in a shipping container and left to suffocate.
- 24 likes this trope a lot, such as with Secretary Heller in Season 4.
- Airwolf did this once, with a group of totally uncooperative hostages.
- CSI had one with where the rest of the time could watch their teammate Nick Stokes trapped in a box and Buried Alive.
- Castle did this with some guy that had his son kidnapped. The son manages to sneak in a hidden message.
- In the first episode of Black Mirror a member of the royal family gets kidnapped with the single demand of the Prime Minster to have sex with a pig on live TV. The real kicker is that it's sent over youtube so everybody knows about it.
- NUMB3RS did this once.
- Used in Artemis Fowl The Arctic Incident. Artemis then gets Foaly to trace the video.
- The Game Heroes do this with The Nostalgia Critic when they kidnap him. What do they want? More people to buy their t-shirts.
- This Is It used this trope to promote their kickstarter for Don't Hug Me, I'm Scared the series. The first one is a more descriptive video showing the red thing reading out the captor's demands (money) while a synthesized voice describes what the show is about and what the kickstarter is for. The next two are much shorter and really, really threatening.
- Rapunzel's kidnapper has her make one in University Ever After, in which she reads a riddle giving her friends a twelve hours to figure out what the kidnapper wants and where they're keeping her.