Experience this terrifying scene from ‘Stranger Things’ in 360-degree virtual reality

Experience this terrifying scene from ‘Stranger Things’ in 360-degree virtual reality

WHAT’S ON THE MENU: Genre fans got an unexpectedly lovely gift this summer when Netflix debuted its 10-part original series, Stranger Things, an homage to the 1980s sci-fi/horror of Spielberg and King. Now the producers have introduced a new wrinkle: virtual reality.

If you happen to have Google Cardboard, be sure to use it to watch the video above. And then, just for yuks, you can watch the cast of Stranger Things strap on a VR headset and experience truly immersive horror in the video below.


Stranger Things is billed as “a love letter to the supernatural classics of the 80’s.” It’s the story of a young boy who vanishes into thin air. As friends, family, and local police search for answers, they’re drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces – and one very strange little girl.

Stranger Things stars Winona RyderDavid HarbourFinn WolfhardMillie Bobby BrownGaten MatarazzoCaleb McLaughlinNoah SchnappNatalia DyerCara BuonoCharlie Heaton, and Matthew Modine.

Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer (Wayward Pines, Hidden) serve as writer, directors and co-showrunners of the series, and are executive producers along with Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen via their 21 Laps entertainment banner (The Spectacular Now, Night At The Museum, Real Steel, Date Night). Levy also served as director for two of the episodes.


 

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DAY 18 | 2015 October Short Horror Film Festival: ‘In the Tall Grass’ (2014)

DAY 18 | 2015 October Short Horror Film Festival: ‘In the Tall Grass’ (2014)

October is the month for the true horror gourmet. In celebration of All Hallows Eve—and all things terrifying—Gourmet Horror is presenting a different short horror film for each day of the month. Make yourself a tasty snack, draw the blinds, turn out all the lights…and watch today’s featured horror short.

 

If you dare, that is.

WHAT’S ON THE MENU: Today’s selection comes to us from Israel’s Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, in Jerusalem. In the Tall Grass is a dialog-free computer-animated feature that evokes David Lynch’s peculiar brand of industrial unease, right down to the sludgy ambient soundtrack.

Joseph is mentally deviated. He is a prisoner of his own flat, and always at permanent war with his own mind. In reality, where desires, memories and nightmares are mixed together, there’s no escape for the tortured soul. He will either win this battle—or will be condemned forever.

Alexii Muftoll co-wrote, directed, and performed motion capture for the film for his graduation project at Bezalel. Nadia Dubijansky served as co-writer and did the art direction, character design, and texturing. The ominous sound design is by Arjen SchutFederico Lusthaus is the modeling and technical artist, and Isca Mayo did the animation. Enjoy this hot blast of Kafkaesque cinematic grit. RUNTIME: 7:51


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VIDEO: ‘Ruby’ (2013): Stunning stop-motion face animation by Emma Allen explores death, rebirth

VIDEO: ‘Ruby’ (2013): Stunning stop-motion face animation by Emma Allen explores death, rebirth

Face paint, a mirror, a camera – and five days. That’s what it took for artist Emma Allen to create this fantastic animated short. ‘Ruby‘ is a provocative meditation on life, death, and the possibility of reincarnation. Yet somehow, Allen manages to keep it light, beautiful – and ultimately uplifting.

Great stuff. RUNTIME: 1:15

3D on a shoestring: Six-minute thriller ‘Black Spot’ from Luther Bhogal-Jones

Poster still for budget 3D short 'Black Spot'What can you do with a £28 3D camcorder (just slightly larger than a Blackberry), coupled with healthy portions of both imagination and determination? Check it out for yourself here.

British writer/director Luther Bhogal-Jones shot Black Spot on the aforementioned camcorder in a single day, contending with the camera’s unpredictable battery life and inclement weather in the form of rain showers. Additional footage was shot a few months later in a London flat for the flashback sequence.

“I’ve always had a love of 3D films,” said Jones, “Even though they’re tarnished with being gimmicky. The red/cyan 3D imagery is such an iconic image from cinema’s history – as well as related so closely with the world of horror and sci-fi – and I’ve always wanted to make a film with that classic look.”

So what’s the film about? Here’s a brief summary:

“Paul is stranded on a lonely country road when his car fails to start. He walks through a melancholic landscape of missing person posters and floral tributes to roadside deaths, before chancing upon another car, but one which ironically is also broken down. Not only will this car provide Paul with salvation and suffering, but force him to face his own recent past actions and a provide him with a potential chance to redeem himself…”

You’ll find three versions of the film on the page linked above: a 3D version requiring the venerable red/cyan glasses (surely you have a pair lying around); a stereoscopic 3D version formatted for 3D televisions; and a two-dimensional version for everyone else. But Jones urges viewers to try to watch it in 3D, since that was kind of the whole point in making the film.

Luther Bhogal-Jones on location shooting  'Black Spot'

Writer/Director Luther Bhogal-Jones on location