I’ve only just finished watching this film so I thought I’d do the review quickly when the whole process is still fresh in my mind! First off – I’m not used to reviewing films that are split up into six separate parts so this was a new one on me! Thankfully as far as true alien encounters on YouTube go – this was not a waste of time!
Low Low Budget
Yes, right from the first scene where I was treated to a rather irritating teenager talking into his camera I got the feeling that this cost nothing to make. That’s alright though – a lot of decent films start off this way. The film was a proper low budget effort but please don’t let that put you off – it had plenty to offer!
Acting Needs a Warm up
As I mentioned the first character we are introduced to is a really annoying teenager who I didn’t take to one bit. His first encounter is with a rather miserable driver of a car and the chemistry between the two was a bit strained to say the least.
The initial acting was not good, not good at all I’m afraid – but a lot of these indie flicks need time to get going. The camera work seemed decent and the audio was average – there was still hope!
They pick various friends up along their car journey and the acting started to gel a little more – the company of four worked well together and seemed a lot more believable.
Towards the end of this first ‘tape’ there had been no true alien encounters to speak of but I was a lot more comfortable with the four boys as a group.
What would true alien encounters be without a dark forest eh? What would 50% of Found Footage films be without a forest for that matter? Well it’s tried and tested but it does work well – there is something about being stuck in a forest with a camcorder and an entity that works every time!
So they’re in a forest having a little camping trip ( naturally ) and we see a little deeper into each of the characters. The film improves drastically at this point and all of them seem warmed up and ready to give 100% on screen.
Loud And Out of The Blue!
The first of the alien encounters comes about when they are all sitting in the tent having a lad’s conversation. It was a loud and proud sound that really made me jump ( good work boys! ). From this point in we know we are in a Found Footage film and things really start to take off……
The Third Tape
By the time we get to the third tape all the actors are on top form except for the dickhead on camera – I thought he was the weak point throughout this film. I think they put him BEHIND the camera for a reason. He was not that believable and he had that spoiled teenager attitude to him.
I’ll try not to delve to deeply into the alien encounters because I do not want to spoil the experience for future audiences. The first contact with a hunched ‘creature’ in the dark was pretty good and all closer contacts the film had to offer were good to!
The sound effects that went along with the creature seemed to be really well thought out and had a creepiness about them that fit. A lot of the online films that cover true alien encounters don’t make any sort of effort when it comes to the actual aliens – this was different!
The more the alien made an appearance the more impressive the film became. Don’t get me wrong – there were so many holes in this film I don’t know where to start but it was entertaining……..and that’s what counts.
Why did Danny act like a bit of a retard throughout the film? Why did one of the true alien encounters result in the alien dancing in the middle of the road? These are the types of questions that will never get answered!
If you are looking for simple entertainment in an independent Found Footage horror film then this is definitely for you. The nervous acting skills of the boys improved tenfold as the film progressed and they became quite believable at times.
The split ten minute sections of the film were a little bit of a pain but a necessary evil I was willing to sit through. Not a bad effort boys – it would be nice to see what you can do with a bit of funding behind you!