The cool thing about having such a massive backlog to review for this site is that I often forget how good a film is!
I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve sat down to re-watch a title only to realize that it was f##king awesome!
The Wicksboro Incident definitely falls into that category – I remember being engrossed the first time I watched it, but I couldn’t remember why?
It’s now way over a decade old, but in my book it still has a lot to offer the Found Footage community…
In 1953 the entire population of Wicksboro, Texas vanishes. Forty five years later a witness comes out of hiding to tell the story. This is the documentary footage he provided…
Good Old Lloyd!
The film opens up with a sort of documentary section centered on an inventor named Lloyd who claims in the 1950’s he collaborated with the government on a device that detects auras.
Now, in my book, this was a pretty clever move by director Richard Lowry.
Lloyd is portrayed by an elderly actor named Bobby Harwell and I have to say – he completely embraced the Found Footage genre!
He manages to give the initial documentary segment of the film a great deal of realism – at times you completely forget that you are watching staged fiction.
This sort of start to the film is gold – it grabs you and drags you in!
Even if you don’t like Found Footage, I can imagine this initial scene would slightly peak your interest!
If you haven’t guessed by now – this is your typical UFO-believer ideology about unexplained sightings and government conspiracies.
The only difference is that this little beauty is played out with a great deal of realism.
There’s no CGI, there’s no real stunts and the budget seems near enough non-existent!
But it works and works well!
I really like the way that the film switches from a broody alien conspiracy plot into a Found Footage ‘action’ plot.
The second half of the film is constructed around a a sort of ‘chase’ – will the documentary crew escape the men in black? ( and who the f##k are these men in black? ).
To me, it was all pretty gripping stuff…but I’m a geek anyway!
I was also impressed by the bold move of complete darkness used in this film. Most Found Footage efforts use some sort of flicker or element of light in their night shots.
The Wicksboro Incident opts to go for COMPLETE DARKNESS at times and has no problems entering into the ‘shaky cam’ seasick mode.
A lot of traditional horror fans hate this kind of camera action but I have to admit – I love it! 🙂
To me, it always adds to the atmosphere of the movie – the less you see…the more you want to see!
The only downside to the movie was the background music that played throughout. It’s not the end of the world but it does slightly reduce the ‘realism’ factor.
Still, if you can overlook the soundtrack you’ve got yourself a pretty entertaining 70 minutes of Found Footage enjoyment.