So, the site’s had a bit of a revamp, and a tweak here and there…and this time I didn’t manage to cause World War III by f##king something up in the code (a miracle!).
Anyway, during this spring cleaning session, I decided to go through the some of my favorite Found Footage movies and make sure they were all covered here…and it seems like a couple have slipped through the net!
This is one of them!
I first watched Welcome to The Jungle about six years ago, on the SyFy channel on Sky.
Now, in those days, 99% of the films AND series shown on this channel were horrifyingly bad, so I wasn’t holding together much hope for this one…
I was wrong!
Two young couples head into the New Guinea wilderness in an effort to find Michael Rockefeller, the heir to the Rockefeller fortune who disappeared in 1961.
Yeah this may not be the review some of you were looking for – because I loved this film when I first watched it – and I still love it now!
I was never that much of a fan of Cannibal Holocaust, I know it’s considered a classic in this genre, but I always thought it was pretty gash at best.
I think that’s where the love for this film comes from – it’s sorta like a revamp of that classic with more edge thrown in. I always think that the director, Jonathan Hensleigh, used the classic as a starting point…and then filled in the holes the way he thought they should be plugged.
By the way, the director (Jonathan Hensleigh) wrote Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995), Jumanji (1995), Armageddon (1998) and The Punisher (2004).
I loved that Punisher movie when it first came out!
Anyway, it’s pretty rare that the Found Footage genre gets a quality director like this on board – and in this film it shows!
As I said – I’m biased with this one! 🙂
Well if you haven’t already guessed – I love this film!
For me, it managed to capture the main element that allows Found Footage to work so well – the unknown.
It doesn’t have to deal with cryptozoology, the paranormal, alien abduction, zombies or disease outbreaks – it deals with foreign people with whom the majority of viewers will be unfamiliar with.
This is the main strength of this picture – it’s unnerving because these people are out there…but we don’t really know how they are going to react to us in this day and age.
I wish I could go into more detail on the fear sequences of this film – but I hate this site causing any sort of spoiler issues.
All you need to know is that there are some immortally creepy scenes in this that are incredibly well thought out (and executed – no pun intended!).
The cinematography in the movie is completely taken over by the stunning exotic locations – another addition to the overall fear the movie creates.
The bunch of actors were top quality, because the director took no shit on board, and this obviously helps the movie no end.
But for me, the main ingredient that makes this film work is the unease it spreads once the cannibals enter the fray – f##k they are creepy!
I could bang on about this film for a couple of hours but I’ll completely spoil it for those of you that have not yet watched it.
Internal struggles and the fear of an unknown place are really the high points of what the movie has to offer…
Slick plot line, impressive camera trickery, good level of acting, great location and effective gore and fear factor – recommended.