Livescream Might Be The Great Successor Of Unfriended Of Online Gaming
Livescream. Film Details.
Director: Michelle Iannantuono
Writer: Michelle Iannantuono
Release Date: May 2018
Release Format: Film Festivals
MPAA Rating: N/A
Running Time: 66 mins
When a popular video game streamer plays a haunted game, he faces deadly consequences for himself and his fans.
Every day, over 200 loving fans watch Scott Atkinson play horror games online. After a lifetime of failures and false starts, streaming games is the only thing he’s good at. It’s the thing he loves the most. Until it becomes a nightmare. Enter Livescream – a mysterious horror game sent to him by an anonymous fan. At first, he thinks the game is a low quality indie title. But when his followers start dying one by one, he soon realises the game is far more sinister. Now, Scott will be forced through nine levels of video game hell, each level representing a different horror game niche, in order to walk away alive. It might just cost him his fans, and his soul, in the process.
Livescream is 66-minute feature horror film written and directed by Michelle Iannantuono and stars Gunner Willis as Scott, a streamer of video games.
Livescream is told in the format of a Twitch game stream.
Livescream premiered for the first time this past May at the Crimson Screen Film Festival. It ended up winning the Jury Award and the award for Best Actor.
Gunner Willis as Scott
Charlie Kaufman as JumpingWolf
Jacob Dinges as JohnnyDope
Michael James Daly as Delucky
Austin Butts as ParrotParty
Maddie Casto as Bangharder
Tiffani Brown as Eurimeed
Greg Howard Jr. as Lemonhedd
It’s been a while since I sprinted to write a review for a movie right after I’ve watched it. Livescream was everything I was anticipating for and more. Michelle Iannantuono did a marvelous job bringing to life horror and dread with particular types of video games in 66 minutes of build-up anxiety and fear.
I read Iannantuono’s statement on Livescream’s FilmFreeWay page and it clearly opened up my expectations before watching it. Iannantuono created Livescream from scratch, by her devotion of video games, streamings, and walk-throughs. By examining other people build a universe of their own, Iannantuono created hers by mingling her passion of video games, life and horror. Livescream is the birth of all of that and more.
I’m so thrilled to be writing this with all of you, I’ve been a fan of video games since I was little and I’m always up for an innovative filmmaking. When I watched Unfriended for the first time I was thoroughly stunned by the final result and its fierceness by being unconventional. Livescream has all the elements for horror fans to love. If you enjoy horror video games and if you are in general horror enthusiasts, you will definitely enjoy Livescream.
During the video game, Scott has to play nine levels so he can ultimately finish it. The video game that Scott plays works on various levels, always challenging the player and his followers and each level is a distinct type of video game, Livescream is influenced by amazing video games such as Resident Evil, Alien Isolation, Outlast, Stradew Valley, Harvest Moon, Slender Man and much more. If you are a fan of all these different genres, you will be astonished by how creepy even a Harvest Moon look-a-like scenery can get by how devoted you are in the story and how bad you wish the characters to remain alive.
The design and digital work are plausible, it’s like you’re there on the chat room with all the viewers. It gets closer to you by being intimate, confined and familiar, too.
The performances and story arcs are remarkable. Iannantuono definitely raises the bar on the story level. Even if you’re watching mostly a video game and Scott playing it and communicating with his followers, you don’t get to see that often of them. You barely have a peek of their faces and their environment but that’s it. What works is how the chat room is live and alive with you while you’re witnessing the video game game-play. It’s splendid is that you feel related to the characters by how down-to-earth and sincere they seem by their unique approach to what’s going on… The characters that stand out are Scott and Jeremy aka JumpingWolf. Their brutal force of survival will blow you away. Livescream made me care about these characters and I’m glad Iannantuono achieved this, it was crucial.
The final climax is a blow-up of originality and will leave you speechless. It’s raw, relatable and a terrible at the same time. Definitely the punch in the heart that we needed after all that gruesome tale.
Livescream is a delight and a fresh take on the video game in filmmaking. The story isn’t the best of the year but the raw and natural take on a man facing death is refreshing. Livescream is worth mentioning and it’s maybe one of the greatest surprises of the year on its close-to-being-true-level, right after Unsane.