First things first, I need to thank (yet another!) regular user of this site for bringing this title to my attention…
I had to search around the comment section this morning to find the name of the dude in question and I believe it’s Howard.
So cheers Howard – keep ’em coming! 🙂
I should also point out that this is one of those POV films, much like that new release of Hardcore Henry.
So it’s shot through the eyes of a character – which basically means they’ve strapped a GoPro to the top of some actor chick’s head!
Anyway, I class these types of films as a ‘strain’ of Found Footage due to the filming techniques and the overall feel.
Let’s take a look at it…
The film follows (or the GoPro is strapped to) college graduate Natalie who is back home in her old haunt for the 4th of July carnival thingy (I’m not American as you can probably tell!).
She meets up with some old friends and gets pretty f##ked up on weed and beer before heading home for the evening.
Unfortunately, someone is following her…
Drop The Camera And RUN!!!!
The cool thing about this flick is that it managed to clear one of the Found Footage hurdles that often bugs me if not handled correctly.
Because the film is shot through the eyes of Natalie (Krista Dzialoszynski) we are allowed to see more of the film without it being too far fetched.
Let’s be honest with ourselves here – if most of us were confronted with some sort of impending doom we would drop the f##king camera and run to the hills!
Found Footage doesn’t allow this realism – it’s a sad fact but the camera must keep rolling (there’s obviously no way around it).
This was a refreshing change as Natalie’s line of sight never really switches off so we can see a lot more of the ‘action’ unfold.
I’m not going to lie to you here – the first 45 minutes or so of this film totally bored the shit out of me!
I found myself constantly losing concentration – I have no real interest in American teenage parties…and I doubt I ever will really!
But when the meat gets put inside the sandwich…this film really starts to rock – and I found the ending of the movie more than satisfying.
From a filmmaking point of view – the finished article was highly impressive throughout.
IMDb lists the film’s budget as an estimated $20,000, just over $8,000 of which came from Kickstarter donations.
Cinematographer Ryan Glover has really taken the time to sit down and think things through so that the experience moves organically and seamlessly.
Another pretty awesome element to the film was the psycho himself – he was one incredibly messed up individual who gave us a memorable and frightening performance (I believe his name is Eric Wood but I can’t be 100% sure on this!).
All in all this was a pretty good shout…if you can get through the first 40 minutes or so of mind-numbing teenage crap!
Definitely worth watching for the climax alone – enjoyed it!