Some of the most disturbing web legends out there involve video games which have been dangerously altered — whether it be through a horrific curse, the angry spirit of a deceased player, a top-secret mind experiment, or even some combination of the above. Among these tales of dangerous or deadly games, arguably the most enduring and spooky of all is the creepypasta tale commonly known as “BEN Drowned” or the “MAJORA’S MASK Haunting,” in reference to the classic Nintendo 64 game.
I’ve covered the details, background and possible origins of this particular creepypasta in a previous column [check it out here], where I also point out the strangely compelling nature of the story, and the legions of fans who have expanded the mythos with their own sequels, prequels or spinoff tales [like this one, for example], as well as artwork, animation and even short films.
But filmmaker Daniel J. Algarin is plotting to take this landmark of viral lore (and even more legends like it) to a new cinematic level… and he’s offered Blumhouse.com readers a first look, in the form of this atmospheric and chilling teaser titled CARTRIDGE:
Algarin also told me more about the overall concept — and how CARTRIDGE is just the first taste of a potential anthology of stories based on iconic internet lore, as well as some entirely new and original tales, ranging in size and scope.
The factor which ties them all together is the audience, which Algarin describes as “Generation Hive Mind.”
“It’s for anyone who thinks flipping through channels is ancient history,” he explains, including himself in that same audience. “I’m a product of the internet generation. We’re living in a time where the internet can both educate us greatly, or mislead us with false information. It can entertain us, scare us, and even swing elections. It has the power to fling us forward, or regress us.”
Much like myself, Algarin was drawn into the creepypasta world from the very first moment he encountered one of these viral tales during a late-night browsing session.
“Reading a mysterious block of text at 2AM on a dusty laptop screen breeds a different kind of fear,” he says. “It’s something unique from the shared movie theater fear — it can feel more palpable.”
With CARTRIDGE, Algarin is setting out to capture that same sense of dread on a cinematic scale… and I can’t wait to see where he goes with it.