"Live" Alien Attack Captured in Viral Video for The Darkest Hour
12.23.11 by BJSprecher
Summit Entertainment is looking to alternative advertising to get people to go see its Timur Bekmambetov-produced (Wanted, Day Watch) alien invasion thriller, The Darkest Hour, which opens on Christmas Day. Instead of putting out yet another trailer or preview clip, Summit decided to go the viral route this time, releasing a video online that shows a Russian reporter giving a live broadcast as the aliens begin their attack. All but invisible, the alien creatures feed on electricity and electromagnetism and the city begins to go dark as they drain its power grid. Oblivious to the danger, the reporter keeps on reporting until he is blasted by a violent burst of yellow energy and reduced to dust and ash.
Directed by Chris Gorak (Right at Your Door), The Darkest Hour was written by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus), from a story he conceived with Leslie Bohem (Dante's Peak) and M.T. Ahern. Emile Hirsch headlines the cast as an American tourist in Moscow who leads a rag-tag team of survivors against the creatures. Olivia Thirlby, Max Minghella, Rachael Taylor and Greg Kinnear also star.