VRX is a dark, but funny, love letter to nostalgia. An original science-fiction series set in the late ’90s, centered around one high schooler’s dangerous obsession with a deadly virtual reality game, and his only friend’s conviction to keep him alive.
MR. ROBOT meets VIDEODROME
A serialized web series consisting of five episodes, roughly ten minutes in length. Amounting to a single short film with the potential for sequels and spinoffs.
The ’90s. Why? Because that was a unique time for sci-fi/horror. Mostly due to the fact that there was so little of it. The exception, however, being an abundance of television, movies, and comics dealing with Virtual Reality.
This was a time when we were barreling to the new millenium with uncertainty and fear. No one had any idea what was going to happen technologically. Surely it would be the
downfall of civilation.
THE MATRIX. VIRTUOSITY. JOHNNY NEMONIC. THE LAWNMOWER MAN.
This was a decade fixated on the possibility of technology consuming our lives. To a large extent, they were right. Only our virtual reality exists in our pockets, connected to smartphones and tablets. Whereas the ’90s imagined mythical landscaps of microchips and circuit boards. VRX will blend the two. Creating a virtual world reflectingthe special effects of the time (ie:primitive CGI) existing solely in the mind of the main character.
VRX (Virtual Reality X) is a computer game able to grow and change based on the personal information, and choices, provided by the player. The end result is a world so real the player becomes fully submerged.
KEVIN SLOSS gets his hands on a super rare demo of VRX off
“the net”. He invites Trevor over to check it out. The two of them instantly fall in love with it. The further into the game Kevin gets, the more obsessed Kevin becomes. Until the lines of reality blur…and the
PHANTOM starts to whisper.
When Kevin loses all sense of himself, violently lashing out, ranting about new reality, it’s up to Trevor, and the incredibly smart Jennifer, to learn the secrets of VRX and save his life.
TREVOR GRACE – Effortlessly cool with Hollywood good looks. Had he been an actor, he would have given Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Johnathan Taylor Thomas a run for their money. His clothes are fashionable (baggy) and he’s a pop culture
fanatic. Especially video games.
Unfortuantely, his parents make enough money to send him to a good private school, and that’s about it. His gaming addiction can only be fed by renting SNES titles at the video store (when N64 was the big man on campus), visiting arcades, and sleepovers at his rich, but nerdy, best friend’s house. Although any girl would be his at the snap of his fingers, the only one he wants (JENNIFER BREWER) is already taken.
KEVIN SLOSS – The outcast. Well, the incredibly RICH outcast. People assume he is a spoiled, snotty, uptight, entitled brat – because he is. His father is a studio head, and his mother is a successful entertainment lawyer. They never hesitate to remind him of how much better he is than everyone else simply because of their status.
Deep down he still yearns for a genuine friend. Someone who
talks to him like a person. He finds this in Trevor, who
can’t help but see the good in everyone. Besides a love for
games, they have something else in common – an affection for
ZEKE STEEPLES – Genius creator of VRX. He created it as a way to escape into a world within his control. One where no one cared what he looked like. Where he was the master of his destiny.
Then he disappeared.
JENNIFER BREWER – The poster child for a ’90s girl next door. Crush of every loser guy, and assumed property of the lugheads she dates. Everyone thinks they know her. All they see is a future super model who couldn’t possibly have brains.
They’re wrong. She wears her beauty to mask the nerd deep inside. Remember, the ’90s weren’t very fun for nerds, and she knows that (even if the current generation has forgotten). She keeps her intelligence at bay for fear of being ostracized. She even dates the biggest douche in school so no one gets close enough to see below the surface.
Until she meets Trevor.
FRANK SHOWERS – Jennifer’s boyfriend. Only one word can describe Frank: Bully. That’s what he does. That’s what he is. Getting in his way will leave you with a permanent dent in your face. Like all bullies, his home life burns at the heart of his teenage rage. Dead father. Mother who lives at the office, instead of home. Frank punches his problems away. This saves him the hassle of having to acknowledge the empty feeling in his gut.
BLAKE FREEMAN – Zeke’s entrepreneurial roommate. Always snooping around his files, looking for something to steal for his father’s company, FREEMAN TECH. After Zeke went missing, Blake sent his father everything on VRX. He was also the first person to die when the demo of the game was released.
THE PHANTOM: A “glitch” in VRX. There are theories as to what The Phantom may be, but nothing substantial.