I was lucky enough to find a fairly fresh example of Found Footage last night from directors David McCracken and Joel Townsend.
At first it seemed nothing more than yet another demonic possession rise, but as the film progressed it got more and more memorable…
A Worthwhile Build
I have to be honest here – at first I was not really that impressed! I thought I was in for another 90 minutes of exorcisms and poorly acted priest scenes.
The film seemed to be yet another take on a possessed kid and it wasn’t really THAT interesting.
But the more the story unfolded the more I got caught up in the build – I knew something was coming and I wanted to find out what it was…
Daylight begins with a rather unbelievable character introducing a documentary on a group of horrific murders and disappearances ( we’ve been here before right? ).
Two camcorder tapes were found near the scene of the tragedy that offer us an insight into what actually happened to the victims. The remainder of the documentary is made up of the clips found on these two tapes.
It turns out that the main tape was filmed by a group of CPS workers who are following up on a child abuse case. This doomed group are in the process of interviewing local teenagers in a bid to find out what is really going on in the area.
A young girl named Sydney Irons seems to be the center of the group’s attention due to a suspicious priest’s fascination with her.
Sydney keeps on displaying strange bruises and scratches that miraculously disappear within hours of showing up. Is Father Patrick Andersen to blame for these signs of abuse or is something more sinister at work here?
Demonic Possession Rise
This film could very easily of fallen by the wayside due to the overused subject matter it was based upon. Instead it evolved at a decent pace and became more and more complex by the minute.
Just when I thought I was in for a ‘typical’ Found Footage climax I was confronted with a unique and gripping final twenty minutes.
There was something a little more believable about this horror offering – something a little darker and slick.
There’s no getting away from the fact that this was a relatively low budget indie horror but it didn’t seem to effect the overall experience of the film.
The writers, David McCracken and Joel Townsend also star in lead roles and they don’t really look out of place in the film. They are backed up by a good performance from Jennifer Bacon and the three characters seem to fit well together.
My only complaint on the film is the casting of Father Patrick Andersen – I don’t know the name of the actor who played him but I’m pretty sure he won’t be heading to the Oscars ceremony any time soon!
There was no real need for special effects during the first hour of the film but when they were finally called upon they were very impressive.
The story twist and turned until it reached a truly thrilling climax that I won’t forget in a hurry. It’s nice to see Found Footage directors trying something unique for a change.
Wasn’t sure about it at first but it certainly turned out to be worthwhile – a must see for Found Footage fanatics!