First Live Horror Movie, Fifteen Premiered Last Night on Live Streaming App Periscope

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The world’s first live horror movie premiered last night on Twitter and Periscope, the mobile phone livestreaming app. Titled Fifteen, the movie was (you guessed it) fifteen minutes long, and featured interactive elements as the streamer responded to live comments. The audience can also influence the story with their comments as they ask for advice.

So I guess you can think of it as a scarier version of Ryan North’s pool adventure.

Gavin Michael Booth, the filmmaker behind the project, partnered up with Blumhouse, the company behind InsidiousParanormal Activity, and The Purge, so you know this project will have just the right creepy, and, uh… insidious tone.

I’m always so down for more innovative ways of telling a story, and using Periscope seems to be a brilliant idea. There’s a lot of interesting logistical problems involved with planning out a production like this, though according to Polygon, they must not be too complicated, as it took about four to five weeks of planning to set up.

The full archived short is up on Periscope for viewing. Sadly it isn’t live anymore, but it’s still plenty creepy.

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