A few days ago, a creepy 15-second video rocked the internet and instantly went viral. The short clip, taken with a phone camera, features a living spider crawling out of a man’s painful ear!
Majority of the viewers were freaked out with the video but some denounced it to be fake. As it turns out, it was indeed a prank.
The original video was uploaded by BranitFX and Lucamax Pictures, the original YouTube channel of director and special effects expert Bruce Branit who has worked in various projects such as acclaimed TV series Breaking Bad.
On the description, he indicated:
Swam at Lake of the Ozarks last weekend and got a super painful ear infection. Totally blocked ear canal. Tried to use my phone’s camera to see if I could see anything. Found this!
The audiences fell for it and the fake video quickly gained more than a million views since being uploaded just last May 29, 2015.
In an Independent blog post, Branit explained
I really did have an impacted ear after swimming. Before I saw the doctor, I wanted to see if I could see anything in there so I did use my phone’s camera. When I saw the footage, I thought, ‘how horrific it would be if something popped out of there?’
He then used his computer to add some special effects magic to make the shaky footage a bit more interesting.
The director was surprised with how the video was an instant hit but actually understands the reason for it.
“A shaky iPhone video, in portrait mode, with a shot of a spider in someone’s ear, is out of the context of (a) visual effects expectation. Your guard is down. So it horrifies people more than entire buildings collapsing in the movie San Andreas,” he says.
Here’s the viral video just in case you haven’t seen it yet: