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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Last week, you had your first behind-the-scenes glimpse at what to expect in LRM’s exclusive digital series, DARK/WEB. As promised, that was only the beginning of the ongoing coverage you’ll be getting of the horror anthology, and we have some cool stuff to show you today.

But first, in case this is your first time hearing about DARK/WEB, the upcoming reveal may make more sense if we explain what DARK/WEB is exactly.

DARK/WEB is a digital series that will be released on LRM early next year. However, it won’t just be your average ordinary series. It’s something of a blend between an anthology and serialized tale.

  1. A portion of a serialized tale that continues week after week.
  2. A stand-alone horror/sci-fi short, presented in the form of stories that Molly left behind; each written and directed by a different filmmaker. 

If you had to make a comparison, imagine that each episode had its own mini Twilight Zone episode built right into each episode — only each mini-episode will actually contribute to an overarching serialized plot.

Today, the producers of DARK/WEB got in touch with us here at LRM and shared with the names of the anthology segments of each episode, as well as the directors.

Check them out below!

“RIDESHARE” – director Boman Modine (2017’s Desolate
“HACKED” – director announcement forthcoming  — This segment will be directed from the script from LRM reader Christopher Webster
“ZERO” – director Zelda Williams (TV’s Dead of Summer
“BLACKHEART” – director Mario Miscione (Circle
“EAT. PREY. LOVE” – director Roxy Shih (2017’s The Tribe)
“VIRAL” – director Michael Nardelli (Circle)

No doubt, each director will give their own unique style and flare to each of these anthology segments, which brings us to a sneak peek into one of the anthologies. This inside look comes courtesy of director Roxy Shih, who will be directing the segment entitled, “EAT. PREY. LOVE,” which is going into production this week.

For a taste of her work, I recommend checking out the trailer for her upcoming science fiction thriller The Tribe, which will be released next year.

Shih had the following to say about her segment of DARK/WEB:

“For this piece I am heavily inspired by Wong Kar Wai’s In the Mood for Love and Hitchcock’s Vertigo. It circles around two characters who have an instant connection over the web, but the date goes down an unconventional path… I am excited to be joined by my longtime collaborator, cinematographer Allen E. Ho on this.”

That wasn’t all Shih had to share with us. Below are a few images from the “look book” Roxy Shih assembled. For those unfamiliar, a look book is a tool used by the director of a project to set the tone and goals for any given production. Here we can see Shih’s desire to create a gothic romance anthology in the vein of Hitchcock’s Vertigo and Wong Kar Wai’s In The Mood for Love.

The official synopsis for DARK/WEB is as follows:

“When Ethan (Elerding), Sam (McKissack) and James (Nardelli) find themselves the target of cryptic emails from someone posing as their childhood friend Molly (Gonzales), they assume she’s been the victim of an all-too-common hack. After they reach out to alert her, however, they discover that Molly’s been missing for months and no one has any idea what happened to her. As the emails keep coming, each containing a tale written by Molly, her friends realize that this may be more than just a sick joke. Someone has hidden information in the stories, details pulled from real life that point them to people and places from Molly’s past; clues that may lead them to their missing friend. DARK/WEB’s unique structure combines the classic, standalone stories traditionally found in an anthology with an overarching, season-long mystery.”

DARK/WEB hits LRM early 2017.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.