OH MY GOD!
Fancy being stalked on Facebook by a psycho madman who stalks you, your friends, family and nothing can stop him?
With Halloween just around the corner, Take This Lollipop is going to FREAK YOU OUT!
(Oct 22) A week before Halloween, the Facebook horror application Take This Lollipop (the brainchild of director Jason Zada and starring actor Bill Oberst Jr.) has topped 5 million unique hits to become the most-watched interactive horror project in web history.
Take This Lollipop offers users who connect via their Facebook account the experience of entering the lair of a disturbing cyber-stalker (played by Oberst) who peruses their friends list, pictures and location in a frightening demonstration of internet privacy concerns. The interactive video has the look and feel of a big-budget horror film. Take This Lollipop, and Oberst’s performance in it, have been compared to the original SAW in fan comments online.
Director Jason Zada, who shot the project with Oberst at the abandoned Linda Vista Hospital in LA (a popular and reputedly haunted LA horror film location) said in interviews on Friday for that it was all in scary fun. “I’m a huge fan of horror and Halloween…I felt it was a great opportunity to focus on Halloween and mix it with the underlying fear of privacy that we have nowadays with Facebook and other social networking sites,” Zada said. “I’ve had this idea in my head for awhile and the talent came together at just the right time…from the perfect collaboration with my developer, Jason Nickel, to the ideal actor.”
As for Oberst, being the most visible horror actor on the web just before Halloween has led to both professional interest and personal satisfaction. “I’m getting e-mails from all over the world,” he said “and the reviews are fun to read (one said I looked like ‘a malnourished Daniel Craig.’) My dad was happy to see me mentioned in Forbes and The New York Times….but most fun of all, kids have been posting great vids of themselves ‘taking the lollipop’ on YouTube. But I can’t take any credit for the performance. Jason Zada is a truly great director. If my performance creeps folks out the credit for that should go to Jason and his team. This was his vision. I’m just happy to have played a small part in it.”
As of press time Take This Lollipop.com was approaching a million Facebook “likes” in addition to over 5 million unique URL hits. Oberst will next be seen as the leader of a desert cult in director Jourdan McClure‘s feature film CHILDREN OF SORROW and has just been attached as lead to horror screenwriter Cheryl Compton’s script EVIL’S TOY, in which a young woman obsessed with a Ouija Board unwittingly releases a demon via the world of social networking.
TAKE THIS LOLLIPOP
Official Site: www.takethislollipop.com