LOS ANGELES, Calif. (KRQE) – It’s the first of its kind — a full-length movie made entirely of 10-second clips and released on Snapchat. The horror film “Sickhouse” recently made its debut and its creator happens to be a New Mexico native.
The trailer begins with a few frames of text before beginning a narrative.
A teen, identified as “Taylor,” soon takes the screen.
“So, my cousin is taking me camping to look for this place called Sickhouse…”
It may seem like the premise of your typical horror film — a group of teens venture into the woods for a little fun and a good scare when, suddenly, they realize they’ve found more than they bargained for.
Yet, when it comes to “Sickhouse,” there’s a catch or two.
“We uploaded “Sickhouse” onto Snapchat over the course of five days without anyone knowing it, onto this huge Youtuber’s account,” explained “Sickhouse” Writer and Director Hannah Macpherson.
That means none of social media star Andrea Russett’s half million Snapchat fans knew her Snapchat story wasn’t real.
“Snapchat is known for being where you are just your true self, so we took advantage of that by telling a story that most people thought was true,” said Macpherson. “The experience of people not knowing whether she was really out in the woods going into this house and they were scared for her, they were calling the cops! That was an amazing experience.”
Macpherson is a native New Mexican interested in the horror genre and in finding new ways to tell stories and hook people in. She says the idea of being a teenager in this day and age is fascinating.
“They’re obviously tech-savvy, but they’re also very interested in authenticity,” Macpherson said.
It’s why she didn’t hesitate to take on a new project from Indigenous Media — the first ever full-length, Snapchat film.
“It was a cool way to, essentially, sneak up on them,” said Macpherson.
Macpherson describes it as an update to a classic.
“Blair Witch for the millennials,” she said.
Now, buzz of Macpherson’s film is getting coverage from Variety, Fortune and Reuters, and even though she now lives in Los Angeles, she says she hasn’t lost sight of her home state.
“My intention, as long as it serves the story, is to bring as many projects back and work with the people I love collaborating with, as possible,” Macpherson said.
“Sickhouse” is 68 minutes long and is also the first-ever vertically shot feature-film. It’s for sale on Vimeo.