So the Found Footage genre has finally ‘found’ Snapchat – something I thought would happen a long time before Sickhouse hit the silver screen!
That’s right – today we will be covering a film that is entirely made up of Snapchat videos!
Now, I watched this film on one of the free online film streaming sites (I believe it was Putlocker but I can’t be sure about that!) but I have been informed that it is available on Vimeo from Indigenous Media.
Just a little heads up if you’re looking to watch it as soon as possible.
Anyways – is it worth watching???
Let’s take a closer look…
A group of teenagers film a live documentary on the Sickhouse legend to millions around the world. This may be a shitty plot line but it’s good enough for IMDb…so it’ll do for now! 🙂
Okay, as I pointed out above, this film is constituted entirely by Snapchat videos from a seventeen-year-old character named Taylor.
At first this really pissed me off as the film was sort of stuck in a sideways letter box format. You know what these smart phone videos are like right?
So about 30% of the screen each side of the actual video was a blank black slate – realistic, but I wasn’t sure about sitting through over an hour of it (I had that headache feeling coming on!).
Anyway, I was pretty much wrong – the letterbox feeling did become a lot less irritating and it managed to bring ‘something’ to the whole experience.
The Snapchat angle also allowed the function of imposing text over the recorded video – this was a pretty cool addition to the film although I thought they might of got a little more inventive with it.
All in all, Snapchat was definitely an interesting and unique angle to take…although it’s f##king annoying to begin with (make of that what you will).
I’m definitely not saying this is a Found Footage classic but there is a great deal of ‘pull’ immersed in this film – there’s no getting away from the fact it’s an innovation in the horror genre.
I was also quite impressed by the social commentary of the film – I’m not really the biggest fan of social media and I like the way certain movies actually try to show it up for what it is (shit!).
I just think that the social aspect of life should be just that – social…but in a physical way (not a digital way!).
Anyway Sickhouse seems to have an undercurrent that magnifies these sorts of feelings – it’s kinda like a wry smile behind the back of the current teenage generation (half of which have no f##king idea they’re alive!).
The narrative of the film did manage to get a little bit draggy at times and I did grow slightly impatient but things do take a pleasing enough turn…eventually.
I think the acting levels should be rated about…hmm…bad-to-mediocre…or maybe I’m being a little bit unkind here?
Let’s just say the cast did what they had to do with the tools they were born with – they weren’t terrible but they weren’t the level of Anthony Hopkins (what a man!).
The cinematography side of things is pretty cool I suppose – once you get over the blank spaces on the sides of the screen. Remember this is made up of Snapchat snippets so it is going to be limited.
I don’t really know what to say when it comes to recommending it to you guys – I think 50% of you will like it whilst the remaining 50% will want to throw the TV at the wall.
I definitely found some unique worth in it but it’s not going to be for everyone!