Are you a woke bae with squad goals whose eyebrows are on fleek and likes to LOL? Then maybe you’ve heard of Sickhouse, the stealthy little horror film that played out live on Snapchat over the course of 5 days, from April 29th-May 3rd.
Not only does Sickhouse claim the title of the first scripted horror movie filmed on Snapchat, but actually the first scripted movie of any genre filmed on Snapchat. Starring “digital superstars” Andrea Russett and Sean O’donnell, Sickhouse was shot entirely on iPhones, and was rolled out via Russett’s Snapchat account (@andwizzle) without any prior notice to her followers or any disclaimer that the events were scripted.
Written and directed by Hannah Macpherson and produced by Indigenous Media, the made-for-mobile horror-thriller centers around a group of social-media obsessed friends that journey into the woods to explore the lore of Sickhouse – a mysterious, creepy, supposedly haunted house in the woods outside of Los Angeles.
In an effort to make the movie more believable to viewers, producers created an online mythology complete with a fake history for the fictional house. According to the lore of the house, those who find it must follow three rules: Don’t Go Inside, Don’t Make Any Noise and Leave a Gift on the Porch.
The original live version – doled out in 10-second clips in which the story played out in real time – was viewed over 100 million times, according to Variety. But, as is the temporary nature of Snapchat, the clips were only available for 24-hours before disappearing into the ether.
All is not lost, however, because a 68-minute “director’s cut” version of Sickhouse is now available on demand through Vimeo, and you can watch the trailer here:
Vimeo and chill, anyone?