Despite the internet pannings on facebook horror groups I'm in, I have to say this isn't a bad movie, I'm not sure whether I'd really call it horror, maybe more of a mystery/ thriller or something that does have some dark subject matter, and I think there-in lies the problem. People must be hoping for something gorier or faster paced and that's where I think it looses fans.
I found this one quite interesting as it followed the plight of three young filmmakers, Heather, Mike and Josh investigating mysterious 'occult' happenings / killings connected with witches in a rural American town in Maryland. The filmmakers eventually get lost on their investigative trackings and the tension between the three begins to mount as tempers and tension flares up. Eventually they all crack in their own ways. The footage is recovered a year later and basically that's what we see as the film. The film takes the concept of found footage (as seen in films like "Cannibal Holocaust") a step further as the found footage basically becomes the film. For what its worth you can feel the tension grow and the acting seems to hold up quite well given the plot of the film. I found it to be enjoyable (though not a classic)
With no known actors or any real special effects this film would have been produced on a miniscule budget (later found out to be around $60k) and grossing an unexpected $240+ million world wide this is an undoubted and somewhat unlikely success for the film makers and a cash cow for the investors. I can't think of any film produced on such a small budget that went on to achieve anything like the success this film has achieved.
As said before this isn't the fastest paced film and neither is it packed full of gore. But if you're in the mood for something more in a mystery vein this is a pretty cool film!
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Friday, 15 February 2019
Monday, 11 February 2019
Well this one was a pleasant surprise, I've seen a few of the 'Insomnia' produced movies and some of them have been a little average but this one I have to say I enjoyed this one more than the others. It's hardly a classic but definitely sits at a better B grade or above type movie for my thinking.
The plot revolves around a couple of families who have decided to go on a holiday together in a cabin. Casey is teenager with a real shitty teenage / goth chick attitude, and doesn't want to hang around with her extended family on holidays and does her best to bring down the tone of the proceedings.
After the children are put to bed on the first night, things start to go south. one of the kids starts to get sick and bit by bit they all succumb to a 'possession' of sorts and by the next morning one by one the kids start on a murderous rampage.
This movie is quite well made, the kids are a total cuteness overload (I'm a parent) and im a sucker for a good pommie accent, but regarding the cute kids, it really sits at odds with later developments and adds to the atmosphere. The violence and gore levels aren't too bad at all but more importantly the film holds well and there's no major plot holes or instances where it looses focus or becomes boring
Defs a solid watch and worth sourcing out if you can find a copy!
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