'Into the Dark: I'm Just F***ing With You' director Adam Mason breaks down the sociopath characters in his tale of trolls
In this episode based around April Fool's day, the horror element is a prankster who gets a kick out of screwing with random people, whose latest target is an online troll.
Contains spoilers about 'Into the Dark: I'm Just F*cking With You'
Hulu's ongoing anthology horror series, 'Into the Dark,' might have made a particular festival from each month the premise of its monthly episodic releases, but what has also been a game changer for the show, are its elements of horror.
From popular kids' toy ('Pooka') to a potentially murderous father ('Flesh and Blood') - these elements of horror on the show have been equal parts unique and diverse. Along the same lines is its upcoming April Fool's day based episode 'I'm Just F*cking With You', where the element of horror is an inherent prankster who gets a kick out of screwing with random people.
Called Chester, the character played by comic genius Hayes MacArthur, works as a bartender at a shady motel in California. Enter Larry (Keir O'Donnell) - a typically self-proclaimed online troll - who again, gets a kicker out of being mean to people on the internet under an anonymous username. As fate would have it, their paths intertwine, and thus begins an entertaining journey of watching a real-life troll, trolling an online troll, as their not so pleasant encounter culminates in a horrifying outcome.
Speaking about the unique choice of protagonists, the director of this upcoming and seventh installment of the show, Adam Mason, shed some light on the toxicity and danger quotient of online trolls.
In an exclusive interview with MEA WorldWide, Mason revealed, "The thing that excited me about the movie was the idea of doing something where I could basically play a joke on the audience as director, just like Chester does to Larry."
At the same time, the interesting twist in storytelling that 'I'm Just F*cking With You' adopts is how it never directly portrays Chester as the element of horror. Throughout the episode, the film pretty much shows him as a prankster way more harmless than Larry. In that, the episode goes to a lot of detail to ensure that the viewer never roots for Larry, but if Mason is to be believed, that is all his idea of playing one big elaborate joke on his audience.
"The film is very much on the side of Chester for the most part," spills Mason, adding that: " You’ll notice that Chino Moreno’s incredible score is almost always telling the audience that what they are seeing is funny, like how Chester sees it, even when the jokes not funny anymore. And that’s how I saw the film as well."
And that is evident from the fate Larry meets on the show. "I hate people like Larry, cowardly trolls. They are the worst kind of bully because they don’t even have the courage to say it to someone’s face. Larry is a complete moron. And he mostly deserves what he gets," stresses Mason on the snide troll, whose behavioral pattern can be labeled as borderline online harassment.
Forget that, Larry is an online harasser, which is clear from the way he posts vile remarks on his ex-girlfriend's social media account. But then again, all of his macho dudebro behavior is displayed online. Larry is too cautious to break the sweet guy facade in real life, which could mean only one thing: being separated by a screen gives him a sense of protection and superiority that inflates his false sense of ego and pride to such diabolical extents, that he is pretty much oblivious to the fine lines between social media and reality.
Simply put, Larry is so consumed by who he becomes online, he fails to see the prospect of a bigger threat he might be facing in real life. And in this case, the threat is the big reveal about Chester which we don't find out until the very end.
That Larry is a sociopath is no secret, as he is clearly someone who likes to be mean to people for no reason at all; maybe that is exactly why it is almost poetic justice after all that a seemingly innocent prankster (Chester) becomes his downfall. As Mason put it impeccably: "I liked the idea of a little weak troll accidentally happening upon a much much bigger and stronger troll, and basically getting troll-f*cked. Something about that idea is immensely satisfying to me. I’m not necessarily saying that all trolls deserve to be tortured and humiliated. But maybe I am."
'Into the Dark: I'm Just F*cking With You' arrives on April 1, only on Hulu.