The recent surge in virtual reality (VR) compatible movies continues this week with the release of a new short piece named 11:57. The movie is currently available as a free download on both PC and Mac with support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). A mobile version of the experience is also said to be coming soon, although it’s yet to be confirmed if this means that 11:57 will be appearing on Samsung’s Gear VR smartphone-based HMD or similar devices.
Directed by Sofia Gillstrom and Henrick Leichsenring, 11:57 casts audiences as the protagonist of a terrifying story. Viewers are given a full 360 degrees of control of the camera as they endure the scares. Little about the title’s plot has been revealed, leaving it up to the audience to discover just what they’re getting themselves into, although a trailer for the experience can be seen below. The movie has been made as part of the Sid Lee Collective, an initiative from the Sid Lee creative firm that allows employees to produce their own projects.
As with videogames, horror movies are certainly proving popular with VR movies. Earlier this month horror experience Banshee Chapter released an Oculus Rift compatible version while a number of famed horror movie filmmakers are collaborating for a crowd-funding project for Hell Mountain. Outside of the genre, VR documentary Zero Point was released earlier this week as one of the first full-length feature movies for the Oculus Rift.
It’s clear that VR movies are beginning to take off even without a true consumer HMD on the market at this point. Expect the trend to rise in 2015 as HMDs finally start hitting the market. VRFocus will continue to follow each and every VR experience, reporting back with all of the latest updates on each one.