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Eli Roth’s Trick-VR-Treat is a Halloween candy-coated visual feast

Something new is here from Eli Roth. No it is not Hotel: Part III or another sequence of cabin fever, or any other plain old flat screen film. Eli Roth’s Haunted House: Trick-VR-Treat is a creature we’ve never met before: part Grimm’s fairy tale, part haunted house adventure, all wrapped up in a thirty-minute virtual reality experience. Roth took his unique flair for the macabre and applied it to virtual reality. Trick-VR-Treat is a collaborative effort of CryptTV, Cream Productions and Light Sail VR. It premiered on Meta Horizon Worlds and Meta Quest TV on October 21.

Strap on a Meta Quest 2 and become the protagonist of your own lair run by Eli Roth. The experience will be in Meta Horizon Worlds and Meta Quest TV. If you don’t have a VR headset, you can still scare yourself by agreeing to experience on Crypt TVFacebookandinstagram.

You’ll find yourself in a neighborhood faking scene that’s deceptively familiar yet insidiously creepy. The experience starts off innocently enough with fellow cheaters or caterers dressed as Kim Kardashian, Pete Davidson and other pop culture icons, but just like in a Roth feature, things quickly spiral out of control in a bloody haunted house. . Halloween Fever Dream. Not to spoil anything, but there are haunted dolls around every corner, Vanessa Hudgens in a surprise dual role, Halloween candy drowned rooms and spooky apparitions. It can be difficult to know where to direct your attention. And that, says Roth, was his intention. We spoke to Roth about both real and fake haunted houses.

This conversation has been edited for clarity.

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What prompted you to do a VR experience? In a haunted house?

Once I built a haunted house in Las Vegas. It was so much fun! But it was open for a short time. It was not sustainable. I love Halloween Horror Nights and I love the Goretorium. Part of the fun is that it’s like a festival, you have to be there to get through it. The good thing about horror movies is that everyone has their own experience of fear, this communal fear. With virtual reality, I thought, It doesn’t matter if you are in Japan, Germany or New Jersey, anyone can come in and have this experience.

I read that the place where you shot this project was haunted, what was your experience there?

Well, I love shooting haunted places. I still think you’re picking up some kind of energy that’s hopefully happy to have you there. Three spirits live at Auchmar House in Ontario. We discovered it while we were filming. I mean, you walk in and you feel something there. You don’t feel alone.

I remember we were talking to the actors about spirits and a bottle falls off the shelf. The cast turned around and we were like, “Did you come across this?” They were like, “No, I was literally standing there. I was half a foot from the shelf. It just fell off.”

Vanessa Hudgens loved it, because she’s in the business of investigating spirits and ghosts and all things wizarding. Vanessa was like, “I can’t believe I didn’t bring my spirit box.” She has all the materials to read spirit levels and all that. But we felt good during the filming. Sometimes you had to get a chill, but we had big smiles the whole time.

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Have you ever seen a ghost?

Never. There were times when I thought so, but never that definitive encounter that proved it to me.

do you believe in their?

I’m totally open to it. I really think our energy doesn’t just go away, it gets recycled in one form or another. So I think it’s possible. My wife and I lived in a 13th century Templar villa outside of Florence, and she didn’t want to go downstairs. You went there, and that energy was heavy. And it wasn’t just because it was this damp basement of a villa built in 1250. We had to clean the whole house to clear the energy.

At first, I was nervous about experiencing Trick-VR-Treat. I’m really scared of haunted houses. But I thought it was really fun to explore one in my own house.

It’s exactly what I was hoping for. I want people to be thrilled, scared and excited, but in the safety of their own home. In a weird way you can let go and really get, really scared. But you can remove the helmet at any time. Whereas in a haunted house, you have to physically go out.

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You seem to enjoy pushing the ways in which you tell stories.

I like to experiment. And the thing about VR is the closest waking experience to being in a dream, and when you wake up, swear it was real. You are like, Oh, that’s how it would be if I was next to Vanessa Hudgens. And when you’re on the table and she’s a witch, you say to yourself, Yeah, that’s exactly what it would be like to be in that room. You let your imagination take over.

I think VR is the closest thing I would do to extreme horror experiences. When I heard about your project, I thought, It’s like going to an extreme haunted house. As McKamey Manorbut in VR form.

There’s something for everyone, and I think what Russ McKamey does, he does really well. There are people whose whole life experience tries to go through McKamey Manor. They need this. They adore him. It’s not for everyone, however. I don’t like going through anything where I have to sign a lot of waivers. They go really strong when I’m in there anyway.

Oh good?

Oh, Eli passes. Let’s really scare him. I get the extreme version of any den I go to. If they know it’s me, or if word gets out that I’m queuing, they dial it up. They will follow me out of the haunted house. They walk in the park following me! So I already have the extreme version, whether I like it or not.

There’s a trend on Twitter right now that a lot of people are doing called 13 Horror Movies to Get to Know Me Better. I would love to hear yours.

I think people know me pretty well from watching my movies. cabin fever is to be 22 years old. Hotelis to be 32 years old. And then green hell talks about my feelings towards people who get involved in causes they know nothing about. Knock Knock it’s the fear of moving, the fear of marriage. House with a clock in its walls talks about the fear of fatherhood and learning to accept the responsibility you’ve avoided all your life. Everything has a different theme. So if you really want to get to know me, you can watch my movies, and you definitely know where I stand on things.

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