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.
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.
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…
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!