A creepypasta comes to hauntingly terrifying life in this upcoming indie horror
So many movies have attempted to naturally weave the internet into their stories to varying degrees of success. We’re All Going to the World’s Fair just might be the only one to get it right. Inspired by the worlds of creepypastas and internet rabbit holes, this film by Jane Schoenbrun is an extremely unnerving and effective bit of horror that feeds on the anxieties of modern life, loneliness, and dysphoria.
A young teenage girl named Casey (Anna Cobb) spends her nights alone in her dimly lit room, scrolling through the internet and becoming intrigued by an online role-playing game called the “World’s Fair Challenge”. Those who take the challenge claim to go through bizarre and inexplicable changes, and once Casey joins in, she believes it’s happening to her too. Taking notes from the Paranormal Activity films, World’s Fair is told predominately through Casey’s webcam, making the scares more intimate and leaving you unable to look away. It’s certainly a creepy film, but also one that’s strangely beautiful in the way it captures the desolate feelings of adolescence.
Coming-of-age films have never done such a true deepdive into the corners of the internet occupied by only the loneliest of people, nor have they ever effectively created such a hauntingly complex atmosphere at the same time. As one of the best reviewed films to come out of last year’s Sundance Film Festival, We’re All Going to the World’s Fair is not something to miss.
‘We’re All Going to the World’s Fair’ comes to theaters and VOD on April 22nd.