Horror lovers better be prepared to get into the VR game as The Hills Have Eyes remake director, Alexandre Aja, is bringing some classic 80s storytelling to your headset via Oculus Rift and Gear VR. Campfire Creepers, a new anthology horror series 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. What if you could relive the gory days of 1980s horror from inside the screen? Inspired by Tales from the Crypt, Creepshow, that's exactly what Campfire Creepers sets out to do.
"Long before written language, cinema or television, there were campfire stories," Aja said in a statement. "And a group of youth scaring the living bejeezus out of each other on dark nights at summer camp is a tradition as rich and eternal as our own nightmares. I wanted to bring this age-old pastime to life in a way that has never been done before - through stereoscopic 360-degree Virtual Reality. This was my chance to play in the deeply nostalgic space of late '70s and '80s horror anthology classics, while also engaging with a new filmmaking medium that is still thrillingly open to innovation. My goal was to craft a rollercoaster ride of twists and scares that will have you jumping back in fright - and then laughing at yourself once you've taken the headset off."
Robert Englund, of A Nightmare On Elm Street fame, stars in the debut installment of Campfire Creepers titled, "The Skull of Sam." The short is a creepy tale of a couple who encounters a vicious stranger in the woods, who has plans to add them to his rather unique collection. By injecting humor into this horrific scenario, the experience invites audiences to laugh between the screams.
"When we started developing Campfire Creepers, the idea to have him [Robert Englund] come and play the skull collector-this hermit figure living in the forest who attracts and poisons camp counselors and people who get lost and then buries them to collect their skulls and uses a very interesting way of cleaning the skulls-it was perfect. He also brought this kind of mentorship, where he kind of blessed us with his presence. He brought that flavor of classic horror that we like so much. Beyond the fact that he was perfect for the part, he really brought something else-like a post-modern feel to the piece that created that effect that I wanted that I loved so much growing up watching Creepshow and Tales from the Crypt. For my first VR piece, I couldn't imagine someone better than Robert."
Campfire Creepers was written by Casey Cooper Johnson and Martin Andersen, and produced by Oculus and Future Lighthouse. You can get the series now via the Dark Corner app on Rift and Gear VR.