Several years ago, thousands of hopefuls tried out for a Survivor-esque reality series called Tontine. They were never heard from again. The premise behind the latest 'found footage' horror flick Tontine seems very familiar. While many are content to point to Blair Witch and Paranormal Activity as influences, we can go as far back as (and probably even further than) 1980's Cannibal Holocaust to see the real influence here. The concept for this one is being carried out in a fairly aggressive and comprehensive fashion, hit the jump for a teaser trailer and more.
The viral marketing campaign behind Tontine Massacre doesn't leave anything to chance. Coverage in The New York Post and Inside Edition, an official site with tons of clips/behind-the-scenes footage and links to IMDB pages that seem to blend both real and fictitious info are just the start.
In making up your own mind as to what's real or not, there's a ton of crap for you to go through, so I suggest you clear off your calendar for a bit. Check out the Tontine Massacre teaser below, then head over to tontinemassacre.com and do some more digging of your own. Be sure to let us know what you discover by posting in the comments section below.
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Three years ago, thousands tried out for a high-stakes reality show called “Tontine”. Hosted by Survivor star Rob Mariano, it boasted the biggest prize in reality television history, $10 million. But in order to participate, contestants would have to put up their entire life savings. The outrageous concept was covered by major outlets including The New York Post and Inside Edition, and then the show mysteriously disappeared. Until today.
Originally billed in 2007 as the reality show “Tontine”, today creators Dean Zanuck, Harrison Zanuck and ad agency Crispin Porter + Bogusky present the altered reality thriller, Tontine Massacre.