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Living Among Us (2018) – Movie Review

Living Among Us (2018) - Movie Review

Okay, got a real treat for you today…but unfortunately you are going to have to wait until February before you get to lay your eyes on it…

Last week I was contacted by a certain Sisi Cronin from Sicily Publicity regarding a film they were involved in promoting – Living Among Us.

More often than not, I get contacted by indie directors angling for a review of their project – this was a little different.

As I looked through the cast list I noticed quite a few actors I had come across before – the film seemed to be a slight step up from the more traditional Found Footage project…

Starring the late John Heard (Home Alone), Ésme Bianco (Game of Thrones), Thomas Ian Nicholas (American Pie), William Sadler (The Shawshank Redemption), James Russo (Django Unchained), Andrew Keegan (10 Things I Hate About You), Jordan Hinson (Eureka), Hunter Gomez (National Treasure), and Jessica Morris (The Wrong Man)…

It’s safe to say I was pretty excited.

The Plot

Vampires have just made themselves public! Now a group of documentarians have been granted access to spend some time with them and learn how they live and coexist with humans. But as reality sets in, the crew realize they are in for far more than they bargained for.

Recognizable Actors

I’m actually struggling to remember the last time I experienced a Found Footage movie with this many recognizable actors in it. If I’m honest with you – I wasn’t sure it was going to work out in the movie’s favor.

One of the key elements of Found Footage is the fact that the actors are not well known – this gives the whole project a more ‘believable’ angle, as it feels more like real footage.

When I saw the line up of actors in Living Among Us I was impressed…but I was also a little worried about how it would tamper with the effect and atmosphere of the finished project.

These concerns were pretty much scratched after watching the first ten minutes of the film, as it’s opening scenes had a ‘softness’ to them – at first the film doesn’t take itself too seriously.

This was a master stroke by director Brian A. Metcalf – I was allowed to sink into the movie’s plot without really taking note of the cast, and how good they were (too good for this genre – if I’m being honest with you!).

Anyway, the film starts out pretty ‘tongue in cheek’…but it certainly doesn’t stay that way…

Conclusion 

Pretty much loved this – a breath of fresh air for the genre and a high quality production!

The film starts, and ends, with a mockumentary news setup that covers the society angle and the politics of the idea – could vampires really live among us in peace and harmony?

If I’m honest with you – I thought these mockumentary scenes were the only downside to the film. They HAD to be included, to give us a starting block and full closure to the plot…

It’s just that they weren’t really that well done – the level of actor (or newsreader) was pretty poor.

But that’s about it – seriously, that’s the only downside I could take from the film!

It’s pace was cleverly thought out, the script was easy to relate to and the whole ‘idea’ of vampires living in plain sight worked especially well for Found Footage.

I was also impressed by the CGI decisions – when it was used it was very impressive, but it was not used as often as you’d expect. This gave it more power when it was on-screen – definitely worked in the film’s favor.

I feel pretty lucky this month because I’ve been introduced to two unique and interesting Found Footage projects – both The Beyond and Living Among Us are adventurous projects that will stand out in the genre for some time yet.

This is a interesting and witty addition to the Found Footage universe with plenty of horror to satisfy the watcher. Great performances, subtle yet effect special effects and a clean level of cinematography.

Roll on February – you’ll enjoy this one!

Chris

8 Comments

  1. Holy cow this looks like it’ll be an amazing movie. I think one of the problems with a lot of modern horror films is one they try too hard, and two, they take too long to build up to the point. That’s why I’ve been watching older ones lately. However based on what you said, this definitely looks like it’ll be a good one. Can’t wait.

  2. Wow this was bad, don’t even know where to begin!? Seriously this was a disgrace to found footage! But hats off for those who can sit through the entire movie till the end! If you think this is watchable, you need to take a break from movies! Seriously ‘What We Do in the Shadows” was creepier and better executed than this garbage! Chris, you can do better than this!

    • Ha don’t worry about that Qrz – you don’t have to agree with me on everything! (the site would be a pretty boring place if we all agreed!) 🙂

  3. I wasnt too keen on this one. The glitchy video effects got on my nerves and the news people were poor actors and the the blood looked like ribena and some of the stuff that was said was cliche. The main actors were great as you would expect from seasoned actors and the idea was good but I was torn if this was meant to be a comedy or a horror. 5/10 for me.

    • Yeah I’m getting the feeling I’m the only one out there that got enjoyment from this movie! 🙂

  4. I loved the black comedy aspect. John Heard was hysterical during his interview. “Wouldn’t you die if someone drove a stake through your heart?”

    • Yeah I liked this one myself Celine – but not many others did!
      Actually – you’re the first person I’ve spoke to that had something positive to say about it (other than me!) 🙂

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