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Yup, it’s another ‘found footage’ horror film
on 15 May 2014
Is it a ‘spoiler’ to mention that a film is actually a ‘found footage’ film before you watch it? Personally, I’d say no. I think all ‘found footage’ films should come with a warning, mentioning that a film is ‘found footage.’ That way I can steer well clear. Sadly, for me, there was no warning and I ended up wasting an hour and a half of my time on this.
I’m not a ‘horror snob.’ I actually really enjoyed The Blair Witch Project (and long before that Cannibal Holocaust, not to mention a very select few of more recent ones like REC). The ‘found footage’ genre CAN work. It’s just 9/10 it doesn’t. And it doesn’t here.
If you’ve seen one of the ten million horror B-movies made this way, i.e. filmed from the point of view of one of the characters all the way through with the other characters aware and reacting to the camera, then you’ve basically seen this. It’s just typical of a found footage film. This time it’s about aliens. But that doesn’t matter. It could be about demons, witches or haunted houses – they’re all exactly the same.
The first half of the film, basically nothing happens. It’s to do with ‘character building.’ Supposedly. Although it’s probably less about introducing us to the characters’ traits and more to do with filling the ninety minute runtime without having to pay for special effects or decent sets.
Yes, the film has that credible ‘documentary feel.’ But that doesn’t mean that it’s either (a) scary (b) enjoyable or (c) memorable. All it is is yet another found footage film which you’ll watch, not like and totally forget before wishing you hadn’t wasted an hour and a half of your life on it.