THE WILD MAN – SKUNK APE – found footage review

If there is a simple lesson in found footage films it’s to ‘keep it simple’. One of the draws to the subgenre is that these films feel as if they ‘could be real’.  There is a reason so many of the good ones are very cut and dried - it works.  The problem is that… Continue reading THE WILD MAN – SKUNK APE – found footage review

CHEST – found footage review

Well hello, intrepid found footage fans, it’s time for another found footage movie.  Hooray! This time around we have another movie about folks making a potentially paranormal documentary.  Man, who knew there were so many amateur documentarians out there? Crazy! Just crazy.  Done well, the whole faux-umentary angle is super effective. It can sneaky creep… Continue reading CHEST – found footage review

SHEDIM – found footage review

If you want to get to my sweet spot for found footage, you want to aim right for the fauxumentaries that are out there. I LOVE when a film can nail that, like POUGHKEEPSIE TAPES does. The idea of people making a doc about something crazy is great. (Not including BLAIR WITCH here because it… Continue reading SHEDIM – found footage review

DAY OF DISAPPEARANCE – found footage review

Any time I am given something a little different in a found footage film I get a little excited. So often we get the same pretty young people doing something they shouldn't and suffering the consequences. Of late they are influencers trying to make a name for themselves by walk to deep into the dark.… Continue reading DAY OF DISAPPEARANCE – found footage review

INFRARED – found footage review

There is clearly a trend in found footage to comment on the tastemakers and influencers that fill so much of our social media feeds. These are the folks who are trying to create their brand by bullying their way forward into the public gaze. It’s an interesting evolution of the form, similar to what we’ve… Continue reading INFRARED – found footage review

THE BARBADOS PROJECT – found footage review

DARN IT! This is so close to good that it is super disappointing that it doesn’t bring it on home. These are the movies that disappoint the most because you can see what they were trying to do and this a sincere effort to make a neat movie, unlike SO many found footage films.  While… Continue reading THE BARBADOS PROJECT – found footage review

INTO THE FOREST – found footage review

I do have to admit that I can appreciate found footage films that loved the BLAIR WITCH PROJECT as much as I do and I can understand why you’d want to ape that film but for the love of Pete, can we STOP just trying to remake the darned movie. Oh, sure they throw in… Continue reading INTO THE FOREST – found footage review

THE ANDY BAKER TAPE – found footage review

I have all the admiration in the world for folks that just DO IT when it comes to movies. They have a vision and they just see it through. This isn’t to say that’s necessarily the case - or not the case - with THE ANDY BAKER TAPE but with two cast members, that’s a… Continue reading THE ANDY BAKER TAPE – found footage review

The Widow – review

           Oh, you wily little movie, you. You almost had me. Well, OK, let’s be honest, you did have me. I went into this film thinking it was Found Footage. I was on my endless trek through the wonders of the found footage subgenre and happened on this import. It was dubbed, but that was… Continue reading The Widow – review

THEY’RE OUTSIDE – found footage movie review

          One of the offshoots I have come to love of the found footage/faux-umentary subgenre are the ones that deal with urban myths and folktales and the like. There’s something eerie about the ones that are done right because it taps into a collective fear of dark places and whispered histories. We all know those… Continue reading THEY’RE OUTSIDE – found footage movie review

DEAD VOICES – found footage movie review

          The hardest thing with so many of these found footage movies I am realizing is that, as sincere and well intentioned as many of these films may well be, that’s just not enough to make them ‘good’ movies. And by good here I mean successful. GOOD is a relative term. I love PLENTY of… Continue reading DEAD VOICES – found footage movie review