Well this one really fucked with my head – but not in a ‘good horror’ way!
Let me explain…
Okay, so I find a Found Footage title I’ve not heard of before, on Amazon Prime I think…or it could have been a Putlocker site…
Anyway – doesn’t matter – I found a film I’d not heard of before.
Start watching it, and it seems pretty cool. Three young filmmakers, Raz, Raz’s girlfriend Charlie and classmate Jess are lumbered with a media studies project for school/college. They are tasked with shooting some sort of film, and told by their tutor that they have to keep the camera rolling as he wants to see all the behind-the-scenes footage.
Bingo – there’s the reason to keep the camera running for 90 minutes right there!
So I’m getting comfortable with all this, settling into the film and getting to grips with the characters…who seem more and more familiar to me…
Fuck – haven’t I seen this movie before?
A quick check through the archives on this site – nope, not included here…I must be going mad.
So I watch another five minutes or so…it’s no good…I know these characters all too well – I must have seen this movie before.
So I dive into it’s past and sure enough – I uncover another movie by the same director (Warren Dudley), named The Cutting Room…with the same three actors…playing the same three characters!
For fuck sake – I’m watching a repackaged movie from 2015.
This is not the way to go if you want to get a good review out of me…
Three students embark on their end of year Media Studies project unaware of the horrific and unspeakable fate that awaits them. What starts as a seemingly simple mystery soon turns into a claustrophobic and hellish nightmare.
Okay, this movie has already manged to masterfully piss me off once, so I’m jumping straight into the conclusion, so it doesn’t get the chance to irritate me further.
At the end of the day, even though I had to sit through the movie twice, three years apart – I still WANTED to like the movie…but I’m afraid it’s stuck in the 6 out of 10 area for life, from my point of view anyway.
The actors gave it their all, considering they were quite young, but there was only one real moment of menace in the movie, and that came at the end (go figure!).
It was one of those Found Footage movies that is crying out to be cut down to about 50 to 60 minutes run time…but of course the director will never do that…because films are not taken seriously unless they have at least 80 minutes under their belt.
What does that leave us with?
Well, it leaves us with a film that bores the shit out of you for about an hour, then gives you 15 minutes of entertainment at the end.
Far too many Found Footage titles go down this route, and it’s time for a new template.
Factor into that the way in which the sneaky director managed to pull the wool over my eyes, and you’ve got a movie I’m not really going to recommend to my regulars here!
Average at best (and don’t forget repackaged!).