“Don’t Peek” is a short horror film that was made with 3 people and a Blackmagic pocket camera last year during quarantine. Directed by Julian Terry and starring Katie C’etta, the short takes place entirely in a woman’s room while she’s playing Animal Crossing. Everything she interacts with in the game has an effect on the real world. If she turns off a light in the game, it turns off a light in her actual room. It’s an interesting discovery at first, until….
You can watch the 6-minute horror short down below… if you dare.
It’s pretty effective during its runtime and I’d be lying if I said it didn’t give me the heebie-jeebies. “Don’t Peek” became such a hit (it currently sits at 1.5 million views) that it garnered attention from director Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Night Watch, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter). Bekmambetov was so impressed that he’ll be producing a feature film version with Julian taking the reins as director.
We’ve seen short Youtube films like David F. Sandberg’s “Light’s Out” get picked up and turned into successful full-length features. Sandberg would even end up going on to direct DC’s Shazam! so it could be a very exciting future ahead for Julian if “Don’t Peek” delivers. The only thing I think will change going to the big screen is the game. I’m not so sure Nintendo would be cool with associating their adorable Animal Crossing with a freaky film.
Also, I’m never playing Animal Crossing again.