A big shout out to Nick Dawson who brought this movie to my attention last week – never heard of it before and I quite enjoyed spending my Sunday night watching it!
This little gem is the work of Director, Writer and actor Josh Criss – yeah, I’d never heard of him before either!
A quick look at IMDb showed me what I already suspected – this was a zero budget offering and not many people knew about it (only 32 people had rated it since 2012!).
The Plot (Stolen From IMDb of Course!)
After 20 years of living in Washington, D.C., Mark Klein seeks much-needed solace by moving to the remote wilds of West Virginia.
To ease his loneliness, he sends regular video updates to members of his OCD-support group back in the city.
But Mark gradually realizes that despite his new, isolated setting, he may not be alone. From the endless woods surrounding his home, something else is watching.
Well I for one, really enjoyed this film even though it had no more than two screen actors throughout it’s duration (one of which is only on-screen for about 5 minutes at the most!).
This indicated to me that Josh Criss had a good idea of how the film was going to work before he hit REC on the camera.
When the majority of a film is taken up by one single character you HAVE to make sure you’ve got a plot that can carry him/her otherwise things can get boring pretty damn fast.
Josh Criss’s character invention is pretty cool really – it’s probably the first time I’ve witnessed such a sad dweeb of a nerd as lead in one of these films.
You start off by getting the feeling that you’re dealing with a bit of a loser and sure enough the film highlights this fact at various points throughout it’s course.
I guess this means that Criss’s performance was top dollar really – I didn’t get the impression that he’d acted before but his character was very believable.
I also liked the combined ideas he used as pillars throughout the plot. He managed to inject a creepiness into proceedings with the use of simple props and no real FX.
If you have no money to invest into a Found Footage project then you need to make an attempt to f##k with people’s minds a bit – look what Blair Witch managed with a ten dollar bill and a bag of Doritos!
Criss has taken note of this and has made a brave effort to f##k with the audience’s mindset throughout the film – he succeeds in making it really quite unnerving at times.
But there is a downside – and it’s only one downside and it doesn’t rear it’s ugly head until the end of the film…well…it IS the end of the film really!
By now I’m pretty much used to disappointing climaxes in this genre but saying that, I was still completely pissed off by this ending.
Unfortunately I can’t take that statement any further as I’ll hit too many spoiler alerts and that’s not what people expect from this site.
Overall a good Found Footage effort with plenty of neat little supernatural ideas. Not exactly a blockbuster but well worth watching!