The horrors and isolation of being a social media influencer run rampant in new horror DEADCON, when a collection of Youtube and Instagram stars soon discover there are things scarier than thousands of teenagers armed with phones asking for selfies..

ALTER, a new horror brand from global studio Gunpowder & Sky announced that it will be a presenting sponsor of this year’s Chicago’s Cinepocalypse Film Festival. During the fest, ALTER will host the world premiere of its new film DEADCON on June 15th at the Music Box Theatre, and is thrilled to release a brand new trailer.


Directed by Caryn Waecther, DEADCON tackles isolation in the age of social media and follows real-life YouTubers Lauren Elizabeth and Claudia Sulewski as they face vengeful ghosts even more horrifying than their devoted fans.

Following the world premiere in Chicago, DEADCONwill continue a festival tour this summer and fall, with more dates to be announced. Tickets for DEADCON’s premiere at Cinepocalypse are now available.



It’s easy to lose yourself in the vast world of the internet. Depression is a very serious reality for those who become too overwhelmed and dedication to online personas, building followings and desperately trying to maintain and earn fans. It’s not hard to lose sight of one’s self. Though Deadcon promotes a supernatural twist, it will be very refreshing for young audiences to see the reality of their online world depicted by real online celebrities and personalities. How dark it gets, we’ll have to wait and see.


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Something that I found interesting as well in my research is that the screenplay is penned by Scotty Landes. If that name sounds familiar, he wrote this year’s Ma, where the use of technology was important as well.

The film stars Youtubers Lauren Elizabeth and Claudia Sulewski. Joining them are Dominic Burgess (Ma), and Lukas Gage (Assassination Nation, a film that also dealt with technology and social media).


With the trailer out now and this being the first I’ve heard of it, I’m definitely intrigued. I love the concept, especially as a writer who promotes their work through social media channels. I’m definitely excited to learn more about this project. Are you excited for Deadcon? Let us know on TwitterReddit, and in the Horror Movie Fiend Club on Facebook!