The first movie to ever be inspired by a Twitter thread is coming to the small screen this weekend. You Might Be the Killer is based on a silly yet spooky Twitter thread from 2017, in which fantasy authors Chuck Wendig (Star Wars: Aftermath) and Sam Sykes (Aeon’s Gate) managed to rope in 11,000 users with their hilarious back-and-forth murder mystery.
It all began in July last year when Sykes tweeted his pal “yo, can you help me out.” Sykes claimed to be a summer camp counsellor caught up in a massacre, who was concerned that he might be the killer. Wendig offered his friend some “helpful” advice in an attempt to work out if he was the murderer, such as “Are you wearing some kind of creepy mask?” along with other references to classic horror cliches.
We won’t give away the ending, but lets just say the impromptu tale went down well.
This thread is the opposite of a GOP health bill, it gives me life
— Scary Whitta (@garywhitta) July 28, 2017
— jello ツ (@andersgeek) July 28, 2017
You guys won Twitter. Shut it down now, everyone go home.
— Erwin Kyler (@PigArcher) July 28, 2017
THE FUCK’D I JUST READ. 11/10 SEQUEL NEEDED
— TheLazurus (@TheLazurus) July 28, 2017
Well, there’s no sequel in the works (as far as we’re aware), but the film adaption premiered last month at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, with Ars technica described it as “one of the highlights.” The movie stars two famous faces from the Whedonverse – Alyson Hannigan (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Fran Kranz (Cabin in the Woods). Hannigan is Chuck, who gets a panicked call from her friend Sam, played by Kranz, during her shift at the comic book store. A blood-soaked Sam tells her that everyone is dead at the summer camp where he works, and there’s a serial killer on the loose. “Sometimes that happens,” she replies, a direct quote from the original Twitter thread.
The story unfolds from there, with Chuck helping Sam using her vast knowledge of horror films. Told mainly through flashbacks, the audience is forced to piece the narrative together along with characters.
Don’t miss it 7pm tomorrow night on Syfy Wire!