Okay, some of you may remember me mentioning in a recent post, that I had built a list of (mostly) crap Found Footage films – I’m afraid it’s time to get another one out of the way!
Yep, I’m afraid this review is going to be covering a turd (no matter which way you try and polish it!).
Don’t get me wrong – there have been some excellent titles on this list…but the majority of them have been painful…very painful.
Anyway, so I thought it was best to get another one of them out of way, then we can proceed with the decent titles over the next fortnight or so…
On October 31, 2012, in North Hollywood, California, a group of high school friends decided to document their Halloween night out. What they end up documenting is a horrific bloody attack that quickly becomes the worst night of their lives. This film is the compilation of the footage found that night.
Apparently Cell Phones Didn’t Exist in 2012?
Yep, that’s the main reason this film is a bag of shit – the one glaring fact the filmmakers were too fucktard to notice…
Everyone has a cell phone!
Now, most Found Footage movies find a reason for isolating their main characters – usually lack of signal due to remote rural areas etc.
But, when you are basing a urban Found Footage movie in a city – you have no excuses really…
You have to find a decent reason for the characters not being able to ring the police.
Now, maybe I missed this plot link? Maybe the boredom of listening to these grating little teenage rats at the start of the film deafened me to the reason?
I don’t 100% know – but I doubt it.
Long story short – try shouting ‘HELP’ or PHONE THE FUCKING PIGS!!!
At this point I should really be trying my best to throw a few positives out there, after all I love the Found Footage genre and I always try to find a worthwhile angle…if possible.
Okay – the guys in the masks were pretty creepy at times…but also INCREDIBLY stupid!
I got the feeling that directors David Damiata and Michael Matteo Rossi just drove around LA until they found a group of teenage wankers who wanted to star in a film.
They then proceeded to throw them on the big screen and tell them “just be yourselves, guys”.
What a fucking catastrophic mistake.
The first 30 minutes or so of this movie has us following this group of twats as they prepare for a party they are attending.
Talk about a bunch of kids that NEEDED to die.
After about 20 minutes of this I was scrambling around looking for my passport – maybe I could get a cheap ticket to America so I could hunt these pricks down myself?
Yeah, they really were that obnoxious.
The sad thing about this is that some viewers may believe that all the teenage kids in the US are like this – I can assure you they are not.
Then we move onto the reason for the cameras rolling – anyone got any clues on this one? (seriously, I’m asking!)
So you get attacked by ax-wielding masked psychos in the middle of a US city, you decide not to shout for help, and you decide it would be a good idea to keep numerous cameras rolling?
But not JUST rolling – you keep them recording even when you are stuck in a warehouse container with a killer crawling past you (I’m talking about millimeters away here!).
Maybe I missed something, maybe I’m being too hard on this?
All I know in my heart of hearts is that this had more holes than Swiss cheese.
Poor acting, poor plot, no character development and horrendous production values (it also made no fucking sense!).
Not for me I’m afraid.