How scary is the horror film We're All Going to the World's Fair — really?
Making movies becomes easier and easier, and because of that, narrower and narrower films also appear - and We're All Going to the World's Fair can definitely be said to both look and feel like a "zero-budget film", for better or worse.
The film is about teenager Casey (Cobb), who is taking on a challenge online called World's Fair Challenge - a challenge where those who accept it begin to experience supernatural symptoms that they document in video format.
Casey with fluorescent paint on her face.
The challenge may not actually be about obtaining supernatural powers, but rather that people on the internet pretend and lie to be seen and liked - and as time goes on, Casey becomes more desperate to be seen as well.
Debuting actress Anna Cobb plays the lead role as the girl Casey, and she actually does it with great skill. She feels desperate, insecure, and unsure of what she wants, so she fits the role excellently.
A large part of the film is set in a dark room in front of a computer screen.
Since the film is about loneliness, there aren't many more actors than her, but a person she contacts during the challenge is played by Michael J. Rogers, who also portrays a lonely and desperate character convincingly.
I want to be clear that I thought that We're All Going to the World's Fair would be a horror film, and it definitely is not. It is rather an interesting (but slow) study on what it's like to be young nowadays, with the constantly surveilling world of the internet.
Do supernatural things really happen to those who take on the challenge?
In a way, it is gripping to see how the film's main character Casey desperately tries to get people to watch her videos and how she takes on the "World's Fair Challenge" in hopes of being seen, but unfortunately, it is not very interesting.
The film does not have enough to say, or show, for it to make you raise your eyebrows. Predictable and, unfortunately, boring.
We're All Going to the World's Fair gets the score 3 out of 10.