Well this was a bit of a surprise – I actually watched this film about 12 months ago and then completely forgot about reviewing it!
It was only when I was scanning through my (incredibly unorganized) Word documents last night that I came across a list of pointers for this film…which is a relief because I had forgotten numerous scenes it offered.
Anyway, not a well known Found Footage film, but a pretty unique one in many ways…
Okay, it’s time to steal the plot line from IMDb once again (well at least I’m not giving away any spoilers this way!)…
“As the world stands on the edge of a nuclear war, researcher Tam (Lachlan Nieboer) and his girlfriend Rose (Lisa Kerr) head to Dartmoor to investigate a suspected haunted building.”
Creepy stuff eh?
I definitely had a few lingering worries going into this film because I can remember noticing the IMDb rating it had before I sat down to watch it…which sucked!
But within a five minute period of the first few scenes I realized why I never really pay that much attention to ratings on IMDb…because 99% of the critics there HATE the Found Footage genre!
Now, this was not an ‘edge of your seat’ kind of journey with jump scares etc, it was put together with a little more thought than that (well it is a British film!). 🙂
I think the main element that got me through this film with a reasonably positive vibe was it’s intriguing concept – I really NEEDED to get to the end of the film to find out how it all ended.
This intrigue was mixed up with some absolutely blinding cinematography in the film – the rural Devonshire landscape provides a quite beautiful, Gothic, environment for a horror film.
As you all probably know by now, I’m Welsh, which sort of fits under the British flag. With this in mind I’m always willing to give UK-based Found Footage efforts a ‘fair go’.
I’ve always thought that our sh#t weather and overcast green landscapes are a perfect fit for Found Footage, and I’m surprised more efforts have not come out of the country so far.
The Cliche Remains The Same…
Unfortunately this film did mange to fall into a trap that most horror movies get caught in these days – the good old horror cliche.
You see, the start of the film is pretty engrossing and effective – even memorable to a point.
The initial radio broadcasts that pop in and out of the early clips are really well done. Here you have a young couple in love with terrifying news in the background toting the end of the world.
I thought that was a pretty well done. As they talk about their future together we get the feeling that there’s probably going to be no future for ANYONE on the planet…
Then we hit the haunted house…and the film manages to turn into every other paranormal Found Footage film ever made!
Certain parts of this film were excellent – really enjoyable…but it came to a disappointingly predictable close.
This was a real bummer as the film did a good job of keeping you engrossed for large periods of the running time (well it did with me anyway!).
I think what disappointed me most about the plot’s cliches was the fact they managed to cover up the imminent nuclear apocalypse. This was one element that should of been incredibly strong throughout the movie.
But things got a little ‘mashed up’ when Tam’s best friend arrived at the house and then the psychics get invited in…you know this route all too well by now right?
But still, not a film to be sniffed at and some pretty unique angles (including wonderful cinematography at times).
Did the film let itself down?
Yeah it did manage to let itself down at times BUT it still had it’s worthwhile moments.
I suppose if the paranormal cliches were not involved people would have complained about it being boring…so it’s a bit of a vicious circle really.
Give it a go and see what you think…then tell me how wrong I am in the comment section below! 🙂