Written by Mike Macabre
I recently had a catch up with Bill Oberst Jr. and that man is BUSY! It will come as no surprise to the majority of our readers that his unwavering efforts in the horror genre are as strong as ever. Only a few days ago, we posted how he needs your help to make his Gothic Goodnight podcast better than ever! But, that’s not all. Bill is also working with director Jason Zada on Take This Lollipop 2, sequel to the viral sensation of 2011.
You may recall Jason Zada‘s short film and Facebook app took the internet by storm. The interactive film initially requested that viewers temporarily allow the application access to their Facebook account. It then incorporates information obtained from the viewer’s Facebook page to fill in details of the film itself.
Bill Oberst Jr. starred as ‘The Facebook Stalker’, scouring through images provided from the accessed Facebook account. The Stalker becomes more and more agitated as he scrolls through the information, until he locates the home of the user. He then pulls up Google Maps, and finds directions to the user’s home from geographic data contained in his or her profile. Bill is then seen driving his truck, seemingly to the Facebook user’s address.
At the end of the film, a screen appears with an image of a red lollipop containing a razor blade. Below the image is the viewer’s Facebook screenname and the name of the stalker’s next victim as gleaned from the viewer’s own profile.
The interactive film has received both national and international attention and even won a Daytime Emmy Award!
Take This Lollipop 2
Following on from this success, Jason and Bill have teamed up again to bring us an updated sequel! Despite being tight-lipped around the tech, Jason said “In October 2020, we will launch a sequel to one of the most viral pieces of entertainment of all time. During the last six months, technology has been the catalyst that has transformed the way we work, socialize and communicate. Just like the original Take This Lollipop did in 2011, we are going to combine entertainment with seamless technology to frighten a global audience.”
October is upon us, meaning it’s only a matter of time before we get the sequel. But, for now, here’s a teaser trailer!
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