LIVESCREAM (2018) Reviews and overview

 

‘Play or die’

Livescream is a 2018 American horror feature film written and directed by Michelle Iannantuono. The Octopunk Media production stars Gunner Willis, Tiffani Brown, Austin Butts and Maddie Casto.

Plot:

Every day, over two hundred loving fans watch Scott Atkinson (Gunner Willis) play horror games online. After a lifetime of failures and false starts, streaming games is the only thing he’s good at. It’s the thing he loves the most. Until it becomes a nightmare.

Enter Livescream – a mysterious horror game sent to him by an anonymous fan. At first, he thinks the game is a low-quality indie title. But when his followers start dying one by one, he soon realises the game is far more sinister.

Now, Scott will be forced through nine levels of video game hell, each level representing a different horror game niche, in order to walk away alive. It might just cost him his fans, and his soul, in the process…

Reviews:

“Willis’s naturalistic and relatable delivery really sells the connection that he has with his fans, upping the emotional stakes and building tension throughout the level-clearing sequences. The film dips into questions of ethics, guilt, and morality during later sequences, but never gets heavy-handed.” Anatomy of a Scream

Livescream is a delight and a fresh take on the video game in filmmaking. The story isn’t the best of the year but the raw and natural take on a man facing death is refreshing.” Decay Mag

” …one of the most innovative and enjoyable horror films you can see anywhere, and not just as far as indie films go. It definitely holds its own as one of the better horror films of 2018, and absolutely raises the bar on the whole “found footage” sub-genre…” Nerd Nation magazine

Livescream may be made with barely a budget to mention but in an hour runtime director Michelle Iannantuono pulls off something multi-million dollar theatrical blockbusters can’t do, she holds my attention from the opening scene until the game is over. Out of nothing, she creates something that’s far more entertaining than I ever expected.” Without Your Head

Cast and characters:

  • Gunner Willis … Scott Atkinson
  • Tiffani Brown … Eurimeed
  • Austin Butts … ParrotParty
  • Maddie Casto … Bangharder
  • Michael James Daly … Delucky
  • Amanda Dinges … Webcam Viewer
  • Jacob Dinges … JohnnyDope
  • Justin Dorsey … Webcam Viewer
  • Alyssa Downs … Webcam Viewer
  • Greg Howard Jr. … Lemonhedd
  • Charlie Kaufman … JumpingWolf
  • Robert Lee … Webcam Viewer
  • Miles Miskelly … Little Boy
  • Kathleen O’Shaughnessy … Webcam Viewer
  • C. Michael Whaley … Clyde The Clown

Fun Facts:

The budget was approximately $6,000.