Exists is a new horror offering from Eduardo Sanchez ( The Blair Witch Project ) in the form of Sasquatch video footage. There has been quite a build up to the release of this movie due to Sanchez’s past efforts in this genre – was it worth the wait?
Well the heading above should tell you that we enjoyed this movie – big time!
A few months ago I was lucky enough to experience Bobcat Goldthwait’s Found Footage effort Willow Creek. This film was again based on Sasquatch video footage that a doomed couple take whilst on a hike.
When I first heard about Sanchez’s decision to follow this idea I was a little disappointed – surely he could of come up with a more original effort?
But Willow Creek was an excellent film and I think this sort of helped the build up of Sanchez’s movie – people now knew that Bigfoot worked in a Found Footage environment!
It’s worth pointing out that these two films are excellent for very different reasons – Willow Creek is based more on what you don’t see whilst Exists throws the creature right in your face.
Both films are excellent examples of high-end indie filmmaking and both films are a credit to this genre…
The Film follows five friends who take a trip deep into the woods to an old abandoned cabin. The cabin is owned by an uncle who has decided to never, ever go back there again ( that should start alarm bells ringing right? ).
On the way to this cabin they hit some sort of creature in their car but are unable to establish exactly what it is due to the fact it runs off. The group don’t seem to be that bothered when they hear the deep human-like moans of the injured creature in the forest and proceed with their journey.
When they arrive at the cabin things really start kicking off – after all a deserted cabin in a remote forest location is a perfect setting for Found Footage right?
The Sasquatch that live in this forest are pretty pissed with the fact one of their own kind has been injured by a car and they want to get even…
Simple Yet Effective
There’s no point me going further into the plot because it’s a very simple idea – that’s what makes it work!
In The Blair Witch Project Sanchez concentrated more on the fear created by what you couldn’t see – this was not the case with this movie.
There isn’t really much of a slow build in this film – it gets right down to the dirty business within the first 30 minutes or so. There are the usual dumb decisions you find by characters in Found Footage films but these can be overlooked because of the gripping atmosphere provided by the film.
This was a great ‘old school’ horror idea made into a great Found Footage film – very effective!
Each time the Sasquatch attacked the group it was quite an event – the filmmaking decisions and the stunts were very impressive. When you combine this with the amazing cinematography provided by the burnt out area of Bastrop you are onto a real winner.
I also liked the way that the beast was not left as a figment of our imagination. For long periods of the film you only get to see a hairy arm or leg here and there backed up by a set of nasty teeth. The further the film moves along the more we got to see of the creature and it was certainly not a disappointing sight.
I’m pretty sure that there are going to be a handful of haters out there that are going to jump on Sanchez’s back. What people have to realize is that he is one of the ‘godfathers’ of this genre so he’s bound to stick to this style of filmmaking.
For me this is a return to the top of the tree for Sanchez – a real gem in this genre. I recently watched his independent horror Lovely Molly and was bitterly disappointed – it was shit!
This film provided everything that a good Found Footage horror should and was gripping from start to finish. The acting was way above standard for this type of horror and the effects and make up were also top quality.
Definitely one to put on your list – don’t miss this experience!