The upcoming horror film The Nun is continuing to leverage immersive technology to help promote the film with a new virtual reality (VR) experience which was not quite what it seemed. Fans were invited to try out a new VR application ahead of the films release where they would then give their opinion and feedback. Of course, much like horror films, this was not just a simple user testing experience.
With the tagline of ‘there is nothing virtual about this horror film’ the video aims to reinforce the message that the film is making use of transitional film making methods to deliver its scaring experience. Those lucky few who had the chance to try out this new experience were treated to sit down in a room and put on a HTC Vive Pro head-mounted display (HMD) where a digital recreation of one of the films locations was viewable in 360-degree field of view. Shortly after putting on the headset though, the room in the real-world was then filled with actors all dressed for the part, waiting to scare the user.
After a short moment of being in the virtual world a member of staff would kill the connection leaving the wearer in a state of confusion. Once aware that no one was answering their calls for help the users removed their headset only to be greeted by The Nun herself resulting in most screaming and running for their life.
Though VR Prank as it is titled only uses the technology for a short amount of the time, it is still an interesting way to prepare viewers for the film. As mentioned, we do get a quick look at the virtual world and there is a completely digital recreation of a location complete with actors present meaning that a truly immersive VR experience does exist. Still, seeing people get scared is rather enjoyable and you can view it for yourself below.
It was only last week that a 360-degree video for The Nun was released as well. Titled Escape The Abbey, the short video invites viewers to follow The Nun deeper into the depths of the The Abbey and the darkness that awaits within. This looks to have been filmed on site as well making it a truly immersive and terrifying experience.
The Nun is set to hit the big screen on September 7th, 2018 and you can view the VR Prank below. VRFocus will be sure to bring you all the latest on all things VR in the future so make sure to stay tuned for more.