Well it looks like I’ve hit a real stinker in Found Footage crap this week folks! First I had to endure Asylum: The Lost Footage and now this monstrosity.
I’ve watched it so I might as well review it – after all that is the reason I started up this site in the first place…
World War Dead ( yeah seriously – that is it’s name! ) is a zombie Found Footage film from the UK. Being Welsh one would think I’d be a little biased towards this picture but I’m afraid no matter how hard I tried…that was never going to be the case!
Keeping a Straight Face
I’m afraid I must have had my ‘thick as shit’ hat on the other night as I fell for a few positive reviews on this film. You know the trick – a crap film gets released and all the crew and their family members troll about online leaving awesome reviews.
One would think I’ve been in this game long enough to avoid these types of banana skins…
So I had to sit through this dire attempt at Found Footage and take notes here and there for the purpose of this review. Don’t expect anything by Shakespeare here, I had difficulty keeping a straight face throughout…
The Plot ( if You Can Call it That! )
Dr. Brian Locke and his documentary crew travel to a French field to shoot a documentary about the Battle of Somme.
Not long into the filming process they come across the skeleton remains of a solider in a lake positioned near their field. They decide to pull the corpse out to examine it further ( naturally! ).
This seems to spark off some sort of alert to the undead and the group is quickly set upon by a horde of reanimated troops.
This results in a desperate nighttime scramble for survival through the old trenches and tunnels. Will the crew manage to survive the night?
Before I get to hard on this fateful movie I should point out that the filmmakers have obviously put 100% effort into it. The problem is they probably only had $10 and a chicken sandwich as a budget to fall back on.
The whole film had the feel of being put together with props from a hardware chain store. A lot of low budget Found Footage films tend to get past this drawback in style, but this one didn’t!
They somehow seemed to have put a lot more effort into the start of the film and left the ‘action scenes’ to chance. I felt the first 20 to 30 minutes were quite well done. The actors played their roles well and there was careful pacing and admirable atmospherics.
When the zombies turn up the whole thing descends into a bit of an unorganized mess. The initial attack is way to sudden – it manages to piss all over the atmosphere and character development achieved through the initial scenes.
So yes, there was definitely a lot of effort put into this film – but talent is something that you are born with ( you can’t purchase it in a store! ).
I’m afraid that’s what this mess all boils down to – a lack of talent on the filmmaking side of things ( a bit harsh but ‘it is what it is’ I’m afraid ).
I never like writing bad reviews about films but sometimes I’m just left with no alternative. This film was poor but thankfully it was nowhere near as diabolically bad as Asylum: The Lost Footage ( thank f##k! Two experiences like that in one week would have killed off my love of Found Footage! )
If they had stuck to the ingredients they were using at the start of the film this could very well have turned out to be something worthwhile. As it stands, it was very forgettable and even a little humorous in places ( unconscious humor at that! ).
I think I’ll probably re-watch something class like Troll Hunter tonight to reinforce my faith in this genre. I haven’t actually written a review for it yet so it’s about time I included it on this site…