on 3 December 2015
No Spoilers. You know when you pick up a super cheap horror movie on DVD you’ve never heard of, just in case it turns out be a undiscovered masterpiece but it never ever is? This is one of those. So Wes Bently (whose career reads American Beauty, tons of s***, Interstellar) films a serial killer murdering someone and blackmails the killer into letting him do a no holds barred documentary on him with the condition he won’t release it unless the killer is/if caught. Of course he gets too close, the killer starts messing with him and drawing him in, Wes starts to lose his mind yadda dada da you know where it’s going but the journey is quite fun. The film has a small problem where the budget is a little bit too big. If it was zero budget filmmaking then the whole thing could have just been the finished in-movie documentary and that would have been more interesting. Instead, it’s very generic, falls down a lot of plot holes and cliches and relies on the protagonist being a complete and utter moron. It has some good moments and some individual scenes are very unnerving and unpleasant. Isn’t quite fresh enough to recommend.
on 26 August 2015
Wes Bently and Mark Borkowski are really well cast in this gritty documentary thriller. We see obsession, addiction, failure and desperation fuelling the core of both of these characters. Mickey's nothing to lose attitude allows him to be lulled into a false sense of security, leading him into a dangerous trap of blackmail and manipulation with catastrophic outcomes.