Watch: New 'Dragon Tattoo' Crash Viral Video Hiding Something Else?
Well, what do we have here? Over on the viral site mouth-taped-shut.com for David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, an update has just hit featuring a vintage video of the original bridge car crash that "started it all." If you've seen the Swedish movies or know the story from the books, you'll know the importance of this crash, as it occurred 40 years ago. It's just a silent drive-by video from a car, but I noticed something else peculiar in the tags for the video from YouTube. One of the tags listed there is "look closer" along with "WIHIS" and "slash". Is there something more hidden in this video that we're supposed to find?
For those unfamiliar with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (watch the 4-minute trailer here), the story deals with two people, Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander, attempting to solve an old murder mystery involving the Vanger family. On the day of the disappearance of Harriet Vanger 40 years ago, a mysterious car accident on the bridge connecting the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan to the mainland is thought to have been used as a distraction for the murder. This is a glimpse at that moment, as seen in the trailers as well. But what could be hidden in there? What can you find, take a look for yourself:
So I have a feeling that "WIHIS" might stand for What is Hidden in Snow, which is half of the message uncovered just last week on another viral site. The full quote reads "What is Hidden in Snow, Comes Forth in the Thaw" and the update included two new hidden websites, one for each half of that same quote: comesforthinthethaw.com and whatishiddeninsnow.com. I'm not sure what else there is in the video above or how all of this ties together, but the YouTube tags are definitely saying "look closer", so there's gotta be something in there. Whatever the case, I'm glad to see that there's something interesting going on with this, especially considering all that we've seen on Mouth-Taped-Shut are random bits of photos and videos so far.
Update - 2:11PM: Thanks to comments below and on Tumblr, the hidden part of the video has been found. On one of the license plates, it reads "GLANCE" spelled backwards. Others on MTS figured out to spell that as "backwardsglance" on the What is Hidden in Snow website. Where it leads is to a new viral page at that site that contains a grid made of various size squares, one of them blinking. There's also a picture of a rock, a countdown timer, and a set of GPS coordinates that link to San Diego. "Do not enter without it. Stairs." It sounds like this is a collection, but we're not sure what for or what of, but if you're near there go pick it up!
The rest of the whatishiddeninsnow.com website shows a bigger version of the same squares. It sounds like there's more to come if only one of those squares is blinking for this first rock so far. We'll let you know.
In related news, earlier this week I received a gigantic metal razor printed with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo poster randomly in the mail - here's the photo I tweeted out. Obviously this viral related to Mouth Taped Shut and Dragon Tattoo is kickin' up and we're right in the thick of it. Stay tuned for more updates!
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is directed by Oscar nominated filmmaker David Fincher, of great films like Se7en, The Game, Fight Club, Panic Room, Zodiac, Benjamin Botton and The Social Network just last year. The script was adapted by Oscar winning screenwriter Steven Zaillian (Schindler's List, Hannibal, Gangs of New York, All the King's Men, American Gangster) directly from Larsson's novel. Sony is bringing Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to theaters on December 21st, right before Christmas. Feel bad this holiday.