Last year there was a clever little Internet hoax propagated by thisman.org, which showed a sketch of a fairly generic looking man and simply asked “ever dream this man?” A pile of testimonials were provided of people recounting various dreams both surreal and mundane that featured this unknown man. The site showed pictures of sketches supposedly made by different people, photos of posters of his face scattered around the world. Here’s the basic story told by the site:
In January 2006 in New York, the patient of a well-known psychiatrist draws the face of a man that has been repeatedly appearing in her dreams. In more than one occasion that man has given her advice on her private life. The woman swears she has never met the man in her life.
That portrait lies forgotten on the psychiatrist’s desk for a few days until one day another patient recognizes that face and says that the man has often visited him in his dreams. He also claims he has never seen that man in his waking life.
The psychiatrist decides to send the portrait to some of his colleagues that have patients with recurrent dreams. Within a few months, four patients recognize the man as a frequent presence in their own dreams. All the patients refer to him as THIS MAN.
From January 2006 until today, at least 2000 people have claimed they have seen this man in their dreams, in many cities all over the world: Los Angeles, Berlin, Sao Paulo, Tehran, Beijing, Rome, Barcelona, Stockholm, Paris, New Dehli, Moskow etc.
At the moment there is no ascertained relation or common trait among the people that have dreamed of seeing this man. Moreover, no living man has ever been recognized as resembling the man of the portrait by the people who have seen this man in their dreams.
Now that’s a neat foundation for some dark sci-fi right there. Of course it really was just a demonstration of guerrilla marketing, not even for a particular product, it was just to show that they could. Sometimes there’s a very fine line between being subversive and being a douchenozzle. I’m not quite sure which side of the line this comes down on over all.
In any case, Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures has picked up the film rights to the story and is actually taking a fairly interesting spin on it, saying that it is about “an ordinary guy who discovers that people he has never met are seeing him in their dreams. Now he must find out why he is the source of nightmares for strangers all over the world.”
They’ve also announced that they’re putting the director of The Strangers (Bryan Bertino) in charge, so it’s also got that going for it.