Sometimes I see things on the internet which really creep me out. The image below is one of those things. But is it a real-life-oh-my-god-it’s-going-to-eat-my-brains Zombie, marketing wizardry for the “New” Spiderman movie, or something even cooler than both of those (although, I have to admit, real life zombies would be awesome)?
If you can look at that thing and not feel your skin crawl, you are made of tougher stuff than I am. But what is that thing?
The photo was, supposedly, snapped by a hunter who got such a fright he broke the camera after taking the picture. The image was then, allegedly, hosted on the Wildgame Innovations website. My first impression, on reading that, was “OK, clever marketing ploy on behalf of website management”.
So I searched around a little bit to try and find more information on the picture. My first stop was the superb image forensics site, http://errorlevelanalysis.com, which seems to indicate that the image has not been photo-shopped. That means it was probably someone / something standing in front of the camera when the photo was taken.
I then googled “forest ghoul”. Hey, you never know what Google might find on the internet! One of the very first links was to an article on the Mail Online in which they seem to be going with the Spiderman angle, although the ghoul in the image does not bare much resemblance to Spidey.
What does seem a little more likely is the link to a Sci-Fi Horror film due to be released in the middle of 2011, Super 8. I dug around a bit, and a lot of websites seem to support this. Also, the site linked above contains a video interview with a cute little girl describing her experiences as an extra on Super 8, which could (possibly) support the link between the two.
I’m not 100% sure that this image comes from Super 8. But right now, the weight of evidence swings in that direction. Ultimately, I don’t think we should be grabbing our miniature hammers and breaking open our Zombie Survival Kits just yet.