In an industry first, Eli Roth’s horror company CryptTV livestreamed a horror movie on Facebook Live.
Beginning at 9:30pm Eastern time, a girl named Laura is interacting with the camera on CryptTV’s facebook page, telling those watching that she doesn’t know how she’s ended up where she is. She is surrounded by industrial buildings and cannot find a way out. A strange masked man lurks in the distance and chases her throughout the buildings, forcing her to play his deadly game. To save herself, she must hurt others in the process. The film had all the elements you’d expect from a horror movie – lots of screaming, a chase between a lunatic and a final girl, said girl having to witness the deaths of her friends, gore, and even a twist at the end. The one shot did not detract from the film, and the acting was pretty solid. The stream ran for an hour and never broke a scene.
The interactive element was interesting to watch – at times, the actors checked the comments for “help.” Many people watching did not know if what they were watching was real, with some people talking amongst themselves trying to figure it out (or maybe convince themselves that it was just a movie) and others directly telling Laura to call 911. Over five thousand live viewers were watching the movie at its peak.
With technology at the forefront in this day and age, it only makes sense to take horror movie making to the next level and stream live – and it turned out to be pretty impressive, and truthfully better than most found footage films, with only one take to get it right. Reading the comments of others as they watched the same film was a unique experience that I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of in the future. It was only fitting that Eli Roth’s company was the first to break the barrier.