Trawling through the online world of horror with only my laptop screen for light was somewhat reminiscent of the old days. I used to sit huddled under my covers reading the latest story from the Creepy Pasta community when I couldn’t sleep; not a very sensible past time when you consider the deranged content plastered across the site. Back in the present I was doing it all over again, only this time, I was watching a horror film that I had just discovered moments previously. Some clever soul had used Twitter’s Periscope to film an entire home invasion film and I was genuinely amazed at the effort that had gone in to the final product. “This is not right”, I cursed to myself. Twitter was for hounding people in to playing video games with me and entering competitions; at most it was for bagging some sold out concert tickets last minute. I was wrong.
In this age of social media there are far more possibilities than there were before. For example, take my blog. I am able to communicate and voice my opinion on anything that i choose to do so; I can network and promote my work too. This is something that was not possible back in the days of Creepy Pasta sessions; I would have had better luck going down to speaker’s corner in Hyde Park and thrusting my pointless preferences on the general public and unsuspecting tourists. Sure, I’d clearly be earmarked as one of the looney contingent but at least I would satisfy my thirst for debate. Thankfully, me having a platform to rant on is not the pinnacle of the social media movement. People are utilising the likes of Twitter, Facebook and now Snapchat to move further ahead of the game and this Periscope flick proved it.
Since the day that I watched this film, its name slips me by, I had close to no luck in finding anything similar – until now.
Sickhouse is a new film that is entirely comprised of snapchat videos and it is establishing itself in the annals of horror as a main player of the new generation. In the film, a group of friends go on a trip to the woods to explore a building of some description; presumably, there are dire consequences. Sickhouse is the brainchild of Hannah Macpherson and is being billed as the first film ‘made for mobile’. Co-creator Jake Avnet described their reasons for this different format of film:
“Younger audiences are not going to the theaters; they’re not watching TV. They spend their time online watching YouTube, Snapchat, etc. Since this is where these audiences live, why should we try to force them to go elsewhere to watch a movie or show?”
I hope that this is the start of something great within the horror genre; maybe it will put an end to the relentless releases of found footage film that infiltrate every corner of the market?
If, like me, you are interested in the film, it will be available on Vimeo from June 1st. You can head over to Youtube and check out the trailer right now.