!!!WARNING. CONTAINS SPOILERS!!!
Brother and sister Cristian and July, who film a web-cam paranormal show from the comfort of their house, see a great oppurtunity to investigate the mystery of a girl called Melinda who haunts the woods nearby the family's summer house. They are accompanied by mum and dad and younger brother Jose.
Once there, the pair set up their expensive camera equipment to film any potential bumps in the night. However, their plans certainly don't involve getting lost in a wooded labyrinth in the middle of the night....
Whether or not one finds Atrocious a wholly enjoyable entry to the found-footage genre will probably depend on your expectations. I guess that, being a sucker for a good supernatural horror, I was disappointed to say the least with the direction the film took in the last few minutes. More than that, I think that the film is disingeniously marketed and plotted along the lines of a film such as Paranormal Activity, so the giant red herring flung the audiences way was more of a jumping shark for me. Why for example did July have contacts in during the night vision filming to make her look possessed if it had nothing to do with the story.
There are compensations. Cristian Valencia and Clara Moraleda are both very good in their roles, coming across as very natural as a typical brother and sister. The lengthy sequence where the pair follow their mother into the maze in the woods only to get lost themselves, was very spooky, capturing well what it must feel like to be feeling totally helpless and alone.
Probably a film to be enjoyed as part of a festival crowd in a beer soaked cinema rather than in the comfort ogf one's own home, Atrocious failed for me on many levels, but there is a good film in there trying to get out, and for such a low budget film it did look rather good. A generous 3 out of 5.