Beginning on September 22, YouTube will embark on a horrifying endeavor with a man who truly knows the genre, Guillermo del Toro. The writer/director/producer will serve as a mentor for YouTube creators as they work to impress Legendary Entertainment with short-form horror films.
The Legendary/YouTube collaboration will work as a contest in which the YouTube creator with the best horror short wins a development deal with the film studio. To create the best work possible, contestants will be allowed to work out of one of the YouTube Spaces to produce their content.
For “YouTube House of Horrors: A Legendary Halloween” (the competition’s punny title), YouTube Spaces, currently located in Los Angeles, London, and Tokyo, will offer sets for creators that look like those from del Toro’s own work. Though New York’s YouTube Space is set to open in November, YouTube has built a set to allow creators based in the city to participate in the program.
Del Toro will ultimately choose which creators’ work reigns supreme from each YouTube Space. Creators will have to produce their films by October 28.* Meanwhile, del Toro has a new horror film of his own coming out in 2015. On October 16 of that year, Universal will release his “Crimson Peak,” which was previewed at San Diego Comic-Con this past July.
All of the horror shorts will debut on the creators’ individual YouTube channels in addition to the channel of the YouTube Spaces they produced from and Legendary’s channel.
* This article has been updated to include the correct deadline for filmmakers to produce the films: October 28, instead of October 27 as it was originally stated.