“Hey I’m Elizabeth” “What’s up?” “Nothing much, I’m actually just trying to meet some new friends.” “I’ll be your friend.” Cue music. The trailer for “The Den”, a horror film about a girl (Melanie Papalia) who witnesses a murder on a video chatting website and becomes hunted, opens a frightening window into a world that smashes the ideological view that all people are inherently good, and that everyone is safe behind their computer screens.
“The web is a window into your life and the lives of others,” is the text that comes up in between cuts of the trailer, grounding the audience in the reality that they can see, and be seen. In a world where #crime is a trending topic, how many people can you get to hashtag?
Directed by Zachary Donohue, the film uses the webcam on the computer and found footage cinematography to further enclose the viewer into this technological game of cat and mouse. Acquired by IFC Midnight, the film will be released in select theaters and VOD on Friday, March 14th. Watch the trailer below: