“Sickhouse,” the horror film that was spliced together using 10-second videos on Snapchat, will get a reprise: Indigenous Media, the studio behind the movie, has greenlit a sequel, although it’s keeping the stars of the next iteration under wraps.
The movie, released last month on Vimeo, stars popular YouTube creator Andrea Russett and follows a group of social-media-obsessed friends who journey into the woods to explore the lore of a mysterious, allegedly haunted cabin. The producers launched it on Russett’s Snapchat channel and those of others in the cast — purposefully trying to blur the line between reality and fiction. Indigenous Media has now made the 68-minute film available for purchase via BitTorrent and on Fullscreen’s subscription VOD service.
The sequel to “Sickhouse” will also be shot on Snapchat, but Indigenous isn’t disclosing who will be in the next movie so that there’s once again the element of surprise for those discovering the film on Snapchat in real time, a rep for the studio said.
“Andrea’s fans, horror lovers and social-media mavens alike have all embraced ‘Sickhouse,’” said Indigenous Media COO Jake Avnet. “Viewership has demonstrated an appetite for content on the platforms where audiences spend their time. The model for the production, distribution and marketing of films is changing. We want to be on the cusp of innovation, and ‘Sickhouse’ is just the beginning.”
“Sickhouse,” a kind of social-media spin on 1999’s “The Blair Witch Project,” played out live on Snapchat over the course of five days and drove over 100 million total views on the platform. The film was written and directed by Hannah Macpherson (AwesomenessTV’s “t@gged”).
Indigenous Media was founded by filmmakers Jon Avnet, Rodrigo Garcia and Jake Avnet, with principal investors WPP and the U.K.’s ITV.