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Animal Crossing horror film in the works from Wanted director

The original short film debuted at SXSW Online earlier this week

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Don’t Peek, a horror film set both in Animal Crossing and the real world, will go from short film to feature film, Deadline reported on Wednesday. The short film originally premiered at SXSW Online earlier this week. Timur Bekmambetov — director of Wanted and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter — and his production banner, Bazelevs, have picked it up for a full-length production.

Don’t Peek, created by Julian Terry, is a six-minute horror film featuring Animal Crossing: New Horizons. In the short, an unnamed woman plays the Nintendo Switch game on her bed late at night. She quickly finds that anything she does in the game happens in her real-world bedroom — opening a drawer, turning off the light, etc.

After only a few minutes of experimentation, the woman sees a silhouette of a monster in the doorway of her Animal Crossing home. The monster then proceeds to torment the woman in both her virtual and real-life bedrooms. It’s a pretty creepy short film that should resonate with late-night Animal Crossing decorators, and certainly an idea that someone could extend into a longer film.

It’s not clear at this point whether Bekmambetov himself will direct the full-length version of Don’t Peek.

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