Critically praised creator of narrative, virtual reality horror films, Dark Corner, announced the launch of the the world's first app dedicated entirely to narrative genre VR today. With a rapidly expanding content library, Dark Corner will initially feature eight high-calibre immersive experiences that are both cinematic and hair-raising. Because if you're launching an app in October, and you're known for your horror films, you start with what you know: scaring people.
"Dark Corner is the new destination for thrilling experiences helmed by some of the most innovative filmmakers working in VR today," said director and founder, Guy Shelmerdine. "While most entertainment VR apps offer a mixed bag of content, our goal is to deliver a highly curated selection of exhilarating experiences to a specific audience that loves genre in all its forms."
The Dark Corner app, built using Vusr by Secret Location, is available for iOS, Android, Samsung GearVR, Google Daydream, and Oculus Rift, and features both free and paid content. Offerings come from the Dark Corner studio as well as from filmmakers who gain the Dark Corner seal of approval for experiences of depth and quality that place them at the top of their field in the genre world.
"We don't claim to have all the answers about the future of VR, but we do know that people love to be terrified when they put on a headset," added Teal Greyhavens, Head of Content for Dark Corner. "Our model is about providing a consistent stream of cinematic experiences that emphasize storytelling and suspense, while remaining accessible and engaging for mainstream audiences."
Genre VR was largely shaped by Shelmerdine when he released his groundbreaking experiment in virtual terror, Catatonic, at SXSW in 2015. Shelmerdine's vision of a dystopic 1950's mental hospital, complete with freakish patients and masked killers resulted in lines around the block not only in Austin but at film festivals around the world. Catatonic was one of the early successes of VR and its reputation persists today as one of the most influential experiences in the medium.
Next came Mule (2016), a twisted exploration of sex, drugs and death with a gruesome twist, which premiered at Fantastic Fest 2016, and most recently screened out of competition at this year's Venice International Film Festival.
With Night Night, which premiered this September at the 2017 New York Film Festival and will be available on the app beginning October 19th, Shelmerdine unleashes his most gripping experience yet as a young boy discovers that lights-out means a closet full of demonic clowns and a world of terror beyond all imagination.
Along with Shelmerdine's three films, the app launch includes Knives (directed by Adam Cosco), Burlap (directed by Justin Denton), Sonar (directed by Philipp Maas & Dominik Stockhausen), The Invisible Man (directed by Hugo Keijzer), 11:57 (directed Henrik Leichsenring & Sofia Gillstrom), and The Peeler (directed by Harrison Norris).