A 101 second video from a German film student crew is likely to have almost anyone thinking twice about taking selfies home alone.
Selfies – photos taken of you, by you – have been somewhat of a cultural phenomenon for a number of years now, even leading to props like the notorious selfie stick.
But what we don’t associated selfies with is terrifying horror. That may all change now thanks to this 2015 viral video titled “Selfie from Hell” and created by Meelah Adams and Erdal Ceylan, two film students from Germany. Made with no budget whatsoever, the viral video (that stars Meelah) depicts the story of a girl taking selfies alone in her apartment, but something lurks in the background.
Visible only when looking back at the just-taken selfie, the mysterious figure slowly creeps closer to Meelah with every photo she takes, until… well, we won’t ruin the ending. You’re just going to have to watch it for yourself, below.
The video was created for Meelah’s bachelor thesis on the effects of videos that go viral across the Internet. With 16 million views and counting, Meelah now has first-hand experience of just that.
In an article for MoviePilot, Meelah wrote –
I’m highly fascinated by viral videos. Those short, often funny, cute, crazy or simply entertaining clips, which go around the world and enthuse so many people.
One thing is for sure. We’re not going to be taking any selfies at home alone anytime soon. Brave enough to watch it? Click play below.