Christos Petropoulos’ Found Footage movie Subconscious seems to have taken a bit of a beating off many critics since it’s release in 2010.
Whilst most reviewers hated the effort the remainder believed it to be one of the scariest European horror movies available.
Let’s take a closer look at it…
This was one of the few Found Footage efforts I had to watch twice before I felt I was ready to review it. The first viewing left me a little confused and the second viewing sort of tied up a few lingering doubts for me.
What I will say is that the film is extremely original and brave in every aspect. I think the media gave it a bit of a rough ride.
The film opens up with the declaration that the footage is the property of the Greek police. The matters surrounding the tape are apparently still under investigation.
We are then introduced to Fanis ( Fanis Katrivesis ) who seems to be set up in some sort of bedroom encased in a shrine.
As Fanis talks to the camera he explains that he is constantly plagued by night terrors and this shrine is a way of controlling them.
The film moves on a little confusingly until we arrive at Fanis meeting up with a Eastern European girl, Natalie ( Danijela Radovanovic ). He met Natalie online but shares little about why he is meeting up with her.
They embark on a sort of creepy road trip to the Greek countryside and find themselves at a secluded house in the middle of nowhere. This is where Natalie starts to act rather strangely and the whole plot becomes more than a little twisted…
One of The Scariest European Horror Movies?
At times throughout this movie I felt I had to concentrate more than I’d ever concentrated on a Found Footage film before.
The plot is sort of there in front of us but keeps on being snatched away when we get to close to it.
It did get a little annoying at times but it was a really effective way of keeping the audience gripped.
This style of abstract plot also managed to provide a series of extremely creepy and disturbing moments – I thought this was an excellent move by director Petropoulos.
I fear that this film has once again fallen victim to film critics who just don’t get the Found Footage genre. All they see is a low budget horror with very little blood or gore and judge it without even taking a breath.
The film is diabolically unique on every level – not just in the Found Footage genre!
The Greek countryside and the surrounding settings were perfect for the Found Footage format. There were some genuinely frightening and eerie moments throughout.
The conclusion was a real bit of genius in my opinion but I can imagine that many watchers will be left scratching their heads. You have to pay attention to the conversations throughout the process of the film to get a real grasp on the climax.
Decent enough actors, bold and brave plot, great location, decent cinematography and genuinely creepy moments…
Makes you wonder what some critics actually do for a living?
If you like your Found Footage ‘straight down the line’ and simple this will probably not be your favorite title. However, if you like the diverse and twisted this type of movie may well be right up your street.
It has it’s flaws, like many low budget offerings out there. But the flaws are nicely covered over by a royal dose of originality.
I quite enjoyed it!