So I finally did it…I finally caved in and used Amazon Prime for scouting out some new movies…
But, all is not what it seems!
Yep, I used it, but I’m still a tight fucker – so there was no chance of me paying for a membership (not when there are illegal streaming sites about, anyway).
I basically ‘borrowed’ my dad’s login details, logged in about a week ago, and it’s still letting me use the service under his details to this date (sorry Amazon!).
Anyway – I’m quite impressed by the amount of little-known indie horrors on offer there, The Phoenix Tapes ’97 was one that stood out as a Found Footage feature, and it was.
I wasn’t 100% sure if I’d seen it before – more often than not these films change their titles and I get caught out. Some parts of it did feel a bit familiar, but overall I think it was a new one on me…
In 1997, four campers went missing during the infamous Phoenix Lights incident and their bodies were never found. This is their last, known footage. The campers’ whereabouts are still unknown.
The maddest thing about this film is that it hasn’t even got an IMDb page – even the shittiest of shit Found Footage movies take the time to create a page for their film…but this lot didn’t bother!
That left me wondering about the title angle – was this film originally released under a different name?
Anyway, if any of you know the answer to this – let us know in the comment section below.
From what I gather, and there’s little to go on online, the director and cast of this film have been completely hidden to make the project seem more ‘real’ – could this be the reason it didn’t bother listing itself on IMDb?
Pretty damn good to be honest with you – not a classic, but certainly deserving of a mention on this site!
The plot is set over the backdrop of the events which took place in the skies over Phoenix, AZ, in March of 1997 – The Phoenix Lights.
Yep, there have been a handful of other Found Footage films that have latched on to this event…but not all of them are as good as this one.
Character-wise, by found footage standards, the four main characters were a little bit ‘hollow’ overall – the movie doesn’t really take time to go into each one that deeply. But, the film only runs for 67 minutes, and it kinda works when you don’t know much about the four lads in the middle of the shit.
All you need to know is that they can act – and they did a pretty decent job on this movie.
The film seemed to travel well too, mainly due to the runtime being short, therefore they could avoid any irritating builds to the plot. They get to the desert, have a few beers, hear a few noises in the night and BANG – full on Found Footage horror!
I kinda wish more movies would do this – get to the point and keep us gripped early on.
Cinematography was well above average, and the SFX/Aliens/UFOs were also decent enough to convince.
The longer I sit here – the more I realize that there isn’t really anything I want to complain about in this film. It’s just straightforward, no-nonsense Found Footage that cuts out any unnecessary crap.
As I stated above – not a classic, but I’d definitely watch it again at some point in the future.
One to look out for.