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A 17-Year-Old YouTuber Will Direct an A24 Horror Film — During His Summer Break, Of Course

A 17-Year-Old YouTuber Will Direct an A24 Horror Film — During His Summer Break, Of Course

We don’t normally cover horror films, but this story is crazy.

A couple of years ago, TikTok users were left feeling uneasy as they scrolled through their For You Page and encountered POV videos of seemingly everyday, normal places stripped of life and eerily quiet. This was the horror trend of liminal spaces, inspired by a creepy 4Chan image known as “The Backrooms.”

The Backrooms featured an empty and endless maze of office spaces tinged in a haunting low-lit yellow hue. Now, that space will be the setting of an upcoming A24 horror movie that will turn Kane Parsons’ nine-minute YouTube video from 2022 into a feature film.

The crazy part is the feature film will be directed by Parsons himself.

Did we mention he’s only 17 years old?

The filmmaker, who goes by Kane Pixels, created the found footage short horror movie “The Backrooms” in which a young filmmaker accidentally falls into a parallel reality via noclipping (a cheat in gaming that allows players to pass through usually impenetrable objects). As he runs around this endless maze searching for a way out, he is chased by screeching entities and finds his way onto other levels.

The video instantly became a hit, being described as “the scariest video on the internet” and has since accumulated 44 million views on YouTube, inspiring 15 sequels from Parsons.

Parsons is still in high school, so the film will be shot during his summer break. The script is being penned by Roberto Patino, the Emmy-winning writer and producer behind Westworld. James Wan (The Conjuring) and Michael Clear (M3GAN) will partner with Stranger Things producers Shawn Levy, Dan Cohen and Dan Levine and Michael Clear, bringing with them a wealth of horror auteur experience.

It remains to be seen how the team will adapt the story for a feature film, but with filming and post-production limited to this summer, there’s a chance fans will get to watch the spooky movie before the year is out.

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