Well, what a mess we have here…
Not the best sentence to start a review off with, granted, but it’s the only one that comes to mind when I think about this film.
Sometimes simple Found Footage plots are the best way to go – they work most effectively and leave the director with plenty of time and room to concentrate on scaring the viewer…
Not the case here.
The plot is simple enough, well it should be, but it ends up being a quite humorous mess, with little-to-no staying power when it hits your screen!
How Did They Manage to Convince The Actors?
That’s the first question that seems to float around this film – how did they manage to convince the actors involved that it was going to be a big hit, and worth their time?
I only ask because I came out of this ‘experience’ with a reasonably high view of their talents. Okay, they ain’t gonna be hitting up any Golden Globes or Oscars – but they were sufficient enough in their skills to appear comfortable on-screen.
I guess the director, Jeremy Wechter, must have fed them the line of “This is going to be Unfriended on STEROIDS”….
A clever move really…even though it’s complete bullshit.
Take a quick read through the plot of the movie:
“The e-DEMON recording is a wake-up call to understand the truth of what’s happening to our world ever since the ruthless e-DEMON was accidentally released from its prison. Witness that first night of demonic possession as it unfolds documented in this recorded video-chat. Released into our era, the manipulative demon is able to use modern technology to speed up the possession process. Watching this web-recording is a heart-pounding, roller-coaster of an experience, but remember this a human story because real flesh and blood people died that night. Be on the lookout. The e-DEMON twists reality into a living nightmare of manipulation. As this recorded video-chat documents, it builds in waves of growing tensions as it spirals inward engulfing its victim until they don’t know what is real or who to trust including loved ones, paramedics, the police and more. Watch to learn the truth of what really happened that infamous night now dubbed “The Quad Murders” by the media.
Yeah, someone’s put a lot of effort into that little blurb, haven’t they?
Problem is that it even reads bad. I mean, just by reading this synopsis/plot you get the idea that something has gone DRASTICALLY wrong in the filmmaking stage.
Not good I’m afraid – but I’m guessing that 99.9% of you have already figured this conclusion out.
The movie starts off pretty well…but descends into madness with some of the most peculiar Found Footage scenes I’ve ever witnessed. Okay, okay – I know that peculiar is original, and they are trying something new…
But it turns out to be shit – period.
This movie definitely aims to be a watered down version of Unfriended but it seems to have slipped into ‘silly land’ at some point in the script/plot development. In some scenes I was hoping the character actions were eventually going to lead to a joke…but more often than not…this was not the case.
Way over the top, unconvincing and at certain points – extremely amusing (but not in a good way!).
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