We told you earlier this year that Alexandre Aja, the man behind High Tension and The Hills Have Eyes, is heading into the VR arena with anthology series “Campfire Creepers,” which sounds like a new take on shows like “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” and “Tales from the Crypt.”
Aja has brought horror legend Robert Englund aboard to play “The Skull Collector” in the series, which “invites the viewer to join the fire circle at Camp Coyote as a group of campers take turns telling scary stories, each one leading you on an immersive ride into your darkest childhood fears.”
In a chat with the Spanish website El Pais this week, which we’ve translated for your reading pleasure, Englund talked about his first foray into Virtual Reality.
“It was a complicated filming, because it’s a different world,” Englund told the site. “In virtual reality the camera is god, you have to treat it with tenderness. You do not have to worry about giving time to other actors, since your body is always acting. You have to be constantly in the character. The camera records everything so that the viewer lives that 360 degree feeling.”
“It might seem like doing theater, but with the viewer stuck in the middle of the stage, and leaving him the freedom to walk between actors,” Englund continued. “In reality, part of the experience is the responsibility of the public, because it chooses the point of view and what he sees. With the twist of his head he creates the camera movements. It is very different from the cinema, which has become more an event to attend than an emotional experience. Virtual reality is an immersive experience, which can make you remember sensations, and now we are exploring their language.”
So, how about a virtual reality Nightmare on Elm Street film? Englund feels we’re not quite ready for that just yet.
“I can not imagine a Nightmare on Elm Street with this technology,” he admitted. “We’re not ready to spend 90 minutes in that world. It works best for chapters, short stories, Crypt Stories, or Poe or Lovecraft stories. Even for comic shorts. We need time.”
“Campfire Creepers,” co-created and written by Casey Cooper Johnson and Martin Andersen, and produced by Oculus and Future Lighthouse, will debut at Sitges.