With 4K TVs and 4DX theaters both making waves this year, it’s been a fabulous time for imbibers of entertainment, but this project doesn’t need a bazillion pixels or mile-high screens in order to be effective. This is virtual reality horror! The Oculus Rift, despite not being commercially available yet, is still continuing to broaden its own horizons, and now they’ve brought the 2013 indie horror film Banshee Chapter to the virtual reality headset for the most immersive scares that moviegoers have ever been a part of. At least, outside of a touchy-touchy haunted house.
Virtual reality experiences have always been a big part of sci-fi, though it’s almost always shown as an active tool rather than a casual one. And kicking back to get the shit scared out of you while watching a horror movie is about as passive as it gets. Director Blair Erickson made his feature debut with Banshee Chapter, but he’s well-known within the world of virtual reality and interactivity campaigns for different Hollywood studios. His company Jamwix worked with distribution company XLrator Media for Banshee Chapter: Oculus Rift Edition, which quite literally puts viewers right in the middle of the horror.