John Darko's 'Killcam Live' Social Horror Gets First Teaser & Website
by Alex Billington
October 21, 2011
A few months ago we brought you news on the Zombies Ate My Neighbors adaptation from up-and-coming director John Darko, and while that's definitely still in development, Darko has been working on another interesting film in the meantime. He has been directing a unique new social horror project titled Killcam Live that features an interactive website and more. A teaser trailer and website have launched, and we have even more official news on the "social horror" project. The film will follow group of college students as they willingly participate in an experiment to study the effects of communicating solely through social media.
Inspired by the success of Paranormal Activity, this microbudget horror aims to be the ultimate in trans-media/interactive entertainment. On October 31st, they'll follow a group of college students participating in an experiment to study communicating solely through social media and the latest in technological advances. Until something goes wrong - and then it really gets interesting. It's described as a bit of the original Scream franchise with a bit of Paranormal Activity. Darko says that they "want the audience to leave with an unsettling feeling questioning the authenticity of what just transpired through our live premieres."
Their official website just launched at killcamlive.com and a short teaser video is playing there already, which we've included below. Take a look if you're interested, this is definitely a unique twist on the horror world, using social media as the threat and interactive element. Check out the first Killcam Live teaser:
Killcam Live will be the first of it's kind, intertwining a full social media experience with live (real time) interaction with aspects of the story and characters, creating a cross-platform patchwork narrative. Darko and his production company are working with Ustream for their videos and broadcasts. A countdown has started on the film's website, killcamlive.com. I'm not sure what will happen when it runs out, but I'm guessing this has something to do with the experiment beginning and live video updates arriving right then.
The project is directed by newcomer filmmaker John Darko with Insidious' David M. Brewer on camera, and produced by April Wade, Darko and Jeff Kalligheri (The Stare). That's all the information we have on this so far. For more updates, follow the website or find them on Facebook or Twitter. I'm not sure how all of this is going to play out and if it's going to be entertaining or just disturbing, but from that teaser at least, it looks intriguing enough to check out. With Paranormal Activity 3 opening this weekend to big box office already, it'll be interesting to see how other original horror ideas play out in a scare-hungry marketplace.