Super 8 Viral Launch: New 'Scariest Thing I Ever Saw' Website
As expected, following the in-theater premiere of Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams' Super 8 trailer is the launch of a new viral game to follow until the release of the movie next summer. Not only does it look like they're making things very complicated (and hard to find), but they're already setting the tone by launching a website with a URL that spells out Scariest Thing I Ever Saw. Creepy. If you can back in Independence Day, there was that scene where Jeff Goldblum figures out that there is a countdown signal coming from the aliens, and it gets crazy when he asks "what happens when it runs out?" Well, we've got the same question.
That scariestthingieversaw.com website was discovered when users on the Unfiction forums noticed that there was some text flying through the Super 8 lens in the trailer (that photo above comes from the official movie website: super8-movie.com). When put together, it spelled out Scariest Thing I Ever Saw and that's now where we are. Found on there is an old school terminal for a PDP-11 computer, made back in the 70s, that allows users to interact with it like it were a fully working server. Eventually it gets to a point where you can't progress any further because it's counting down by "Loading External Data" from some external files.
The newly launched Super 8 News blog is also following and investigating this viral and they've discovered some very interesting things hidden in that computer. Their calculations show that the countdown should end sometime around noon on May 15th in about seven days (but that's not confirmed because the server keeps adding more lines and jumping around). Additionally, they found some text that gets printed on the screen saying: "Stop posting publicly. I can answer your questions. I have proof." Again, very creepy, but the perfect way to kick this off after that mysterious trailer involving Area 51, aliens, and the US Air Force.
Beyond that, we're not sure where this will go or what is next, but the question is: What happens when the countdown ends? It looks like there may be files (video or audio?) that we'll access that will probably contain footage or other creepy alien-related stuff. All I know is that Abrams is probably going to take us on a very wild ride leading up to the release of Super 8 and I cannot wait to find out what's next. Stay tuned!