A couple of years back, a indie director named Ricky Umberger contacted me about his new Found Footage release – The Fear Footage. This movie turned out to be quite a good watch, and I was enthusiastic about any further releases Umberger may release…
Fast forward about 18 months, and Ricky got back in contact with me about his sequel to the first movie – The Fear Footage 2: Curse of the Tape.
Now, I should point out that I’ve had this movie for about a month now, but work commitments have taken me all over Europe during the holidays, and I’ve only got around to viewing it this week.
The good news is that it’s a tidy indie Found Footage movie, and I’d even go as far as saying it’s a ‘step up’ from the first movie.
Let’s take a closer look…
On April 19th, 2019, Deputy Leo Cole’s body camera footage from the night he disappeared was leaked. On that footage he watched a mysterious V/H/S tape titled “The Fear Footage”. On September 22nd, 2019, a camera was found in Darkbluff, Maryland with footage of two missing men who were searching for that same V/H/S tape. This is that footage.
As I was writing this review, I actually stumbled across the movie’s IMDb page (literally minutes ago), and I was amazed to see that the overall budget of this movie was under a grand…$900 to be precise!
Now, I enjoyed the movie before I knew this – I kinda like it more now.
The production levels and general cinematography throughout this movie are very impressive, even more impressive when you realise that Umberger probably had to slave for hours in front of Premiere Pro/After Effects or Final Cut to get the movie ‘out there’.
To be honest, the overall look of the film was a lot better than past Found Footage movies that have had ten times this budget.
But what about the sequel angle?
Was this just another shitty sequel spin off, designed to get some money off Amazon Prime?
Nope – this was well thought out.
I’ll be careful here, as to not give any spoilers away, but the movie has been cleverly interleaved with the first movie’s plot…without having to lean on the first film too much to work.
Sounds a little confusing really doesn’t it?
Well it’s not – it’s easy to follow and you’ll see what I mean when you watch it yourself (enough said!).
The cast were able to handle the plot without over-acting, so I have no complaints there, and the pacing of the movie was quite clever. You don’t really have to wait until the 60 minute mark for something to happen – this manages to inject the ‘creepy factor’ early on in proceedings.
Overall it’s probably leaps and bounds ahead of most (if not all) micro-budget Found Footage offerings over the past 12 months or so. It’s got a plot that is carefully thought out, decent actors and a decent pace for the story to unfold.
As I touched on above, the production levels are extremely sound and the overall movie is well ‘polished’. Definitely a pleasant surprise for the start of the year, and I can see it doing quite well.