If Channel Zero and The Empty Man have taught us anything it’s that internet-born Creepypasta is a fountain of seriously scary and original horror stories. Director, Jane Schoenbrun’s We’re All Going to the World’s Fair is diving into that very same and creepy ink well to give us the results of “the World’s Fair challenge”
We’re All Going to the World’s Fair has that same built in terror in its atmosphere as The Empty Man and Channel Zero. The added solitude and claustrophobia of these in-film posts are chilling on their own without any sort of context even.
The official synopsis for We’re All Going to the World’s Fair goes like this:
Late on a cold night somewhere in the U.S., teenage Casey (Anna Cobb in her feature debut) sits alone in her attic bedroom, scrolling the internet under the glow-in-the-dark stars and black-light posters that blanket the ceiling. She has finally decided to take the World’s Fair Challenge, an online role-playing horror game, and embrace the uncertainty it promises. After the initiation, she documents the changes that may or may not be happening to her, adding her experiences to the shuffle of online clips available for the world to see. As she begins to lose herself between dream and reality, a mysterious figure reaches out, claiming to see something special in her uploads.
The film stars Anna Cobb in a role that film journalists have been going crazy for. I’ve yet to personally see the film yet, but our own Kelly McNeely raved about the film out of Fantasia Festival. It’s quickly become one of those movies that is quickly moving into my most anticipated horror releases.
I have high hopes that Creepypasta tales become the source of more up and coming filmmakers early works. There is a wealth of terror just waiting to be explored.
We’re All Going to the World’s Fair is coming to select theaters and on demand beginning April 22.