Had another bit of luck last night whilst searching through an extremely dodgy free online streaming site ( don’t you just love it when that happens! ). I stumbled upon a hostel horror movie shot in Sligo, Ireland.
Now, I know Ireland is not exactly known for it’s contributions to the Found Footage genre so I wasn’t really expecting much. Turns out I was more than a little surprised 85 minutes later…
As with most unknown, low budget Found Footage films – I had a quick check on IMDb first to make sure I wasn’t about to watch a complete train wreck and the first review I came across had this heading…
Now I’m not exactly Shakespeare but this typo really made my day – I just had to watch the film after that beauty!
Don’t get me wrong – I hate online grammar police!
Over a month period I actually get several messages through the contact form on this site listing the mistakes I’ve made in certain articles – haven’t these assholes got anything better to do?
But this grammar ‘cock up’ really made my day ( or night! ), so I had to share it here! 🙂
The movie follows the final hours of a group of Irish teenagers who decide to go for a bit of a party in an abandoned island hostel.
After reaching their destination by car and rowing boat, they decide to get blasted in their temporary dwellings even though the electricity has been turned off.
Undeterred by the lack of light, the group get pretty messed up and decide to perform a pretty basic seance with an empty glass and sheets of lettered paper.
Turns out this is a pretty bloody stupid idea…
There was a lot of effort put into this movie even though the budget was probably nowhere near that of it’s American counterparts. I think this effort shines through and manages to cover up the amateur signs within the film.
The directors, Humberto Rosa and Thairon Mendes, have tried their best to stick to Found Footage traditions and managed to create a quite impressive atmosphere.
I think this was probably one of the most realistic low budget Found Footage films I have come across recently – the cast managed to keep things rooted without ever really trying.
I think this is largely down to good directors but the actors must also take a fair share of the credit ( although you may struggle with the strong Irish accents at times! ).
It’s certainly not a classic by any stretch of the imagination but it is VERY watchable and even quite engrossing at times.
The one downfall of the film for me was the overall ‘shaky cam syndrome’. If you are an individual who suffers from motion sickness I recommend taking a couple of pills before sitting through this – some scenes made me VERY dizzy!
As I mentioned above, this is not a classic genre film but it is new and it is watchable ( and even enjoyable overall ). If you’re not looking for a blockbuster you’ll probably quite enjoy it.
Not bad overall.