Earlier this week VRFocus reported on the reveal of the release date for one of the first virtual reality (VR) movies, Zero Point. That’s far from the only piece of VR movie news this week, as a team of horror legends has launched an IndieGoGo crowd-funding campaign for a new film franchise named Hell Mountain. The filmmakers hope to raise $100,000 USD by 21st December 2014 to fund the first entry in the franchise.
Hell Mountain is a collaboration between Hellp director Dar Warison, Final Destination producer Warren Zide, Pumpkinhead writer Gary Gernai and Jeepers Creepers creature creator Brain Penikas. Togther the team hopes to create the first horror movie in which the audience will be able to put on an Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) and watch in 3D with the ability to look in all directions as the movie progresses.
Hell Mountain‘s story follows Old Jonas, a Shaman that collects trails left behind by demons that walk the earth. With these trails Jonas is able to conjure terrifying entities. As Penikas explains, these will be used so that every time the audience turns their head they will experience something horrfying happening to them. The team reasons that it can create an experience similar to Pumpkinhead but with a fraction of that movie’s $3,500,000 budget.
A range of reward tiers are available for backers to choose from. An online screening of the movie, due to be held around its suggested release in August 2015, is available for $10, while a digital download is going for $20. This download comes in three versions, one supporting the Oculus Rift, one in 3D and a standard version for flat screens. These rewards continue all the way up to $10,000 in which backers can secure set visits, an Oculus Rift and much more. Livestreaming the filming of Hell Mountain is also available with these pledges.
VRFocus will continue to follow Hell Mountain, reporting back with any further updates on the project’s development.