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“V/H/S: Viral” is a found footage horror film released in 2014 and is the third installment in the V/H/S franchise. Like its predecessors, “V/H/S: Viral” is comprised of a series of independently shot short films (segments), with a wrap-around story that neatly ties all of the stories together by the end of the feature. While all three V/H/S films follow the same basic formula, they each have their own uniqueness setting them apart. Of the three films, the original V/H/S has the most authentic found footage feel, with video glitches and static used sparingly where necessary. V/H/S/2, on the...[Read More]
“The Gallows” is a found footage film directed and written by Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing and produced by Blumhouse Productions. With an estimated budget of only $100,000, “The Gallows” strikes some surprising high notes in production value, cinematography, and acting, but falls short in miscellaneous key details, plot points, and tone. “The Gallows” starts with a video recording time stamped “10/28/1993” showing the opening performance of a high school play, aptly titled “The Gallows.” During the play, the male lead is sentenced to be hung and is placed in a noose on the gallows. As th...[Read More]
“Apollo 18 (2011)” is a horror/sci-fi found footage film which presents recovered film from the fictitious NASA Apollo 18 lunar mission that was secretly launched in 1974. Looking back at actual history, the last known manned mission to the lunar surface was Apollo 17, which took place on December 7, 1972. While NASA did in fact schedule Apollo 18, 19, and 20, all three missions were cancelled due to budgetary concerns. This film asserts that the Apollo 18 mission actually took place, and presents an edited version of the supposed 84 hours of raw footage recovered from the mission to support t...[Read More]
If I were to select one phrase to describe V/H/S/2 (2013), I would say it’s a “visceral rush!” – V/H/S/2 is a racecar that never stops moving and constantly changes directions more times than I can count. The variety in plot and direction is of course due to the anthology nature of the film, where each segment was created by a different director/writer team. V/H/S/2 is the second and arguably best installment in the V/H/S franchise. This film follows the same formula as its predecessor – the protagonists happen upon a cache of seemingly unrelated VHS tapes; they watch several of the tapes; ...[Read More]
“Lunopolis” is a mockumentary found footage film released in 2009 that follows two documentary filmmakers who accidentally uncover a global conspiracy centering around a religious cult aptly named the “Church of Lunology,” who believe a community of people from the future are living on the moon. The film starts with a teaser of archived news footage covering a video released on the Internet of two people who vanish in a bright light that materializes around them. The news anchor goes on to say that the video was quickly removed from the Internet, but not before millions of copies were down...[Read More]
“Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story” is a feature length Found Footage film following in the footsteps of the wildly popular YouTube series, “Marble Hornets,” that originally aired in 2009. While “Always Watching” takes place in the same universe established in the original Marble Hornets series, this latest iteration takes things in a different direction, removing any dependencies between the two films. “Always Watching” works perfectly fine as a standalone film, not requiring first watching the approximate nine hour Marble Hornet’s series as a precursor. I would go so far as to say tha...[Read More]
The Cutting Room is a Found Footage film that falls squarely in the realm of horror. Before the credits start rolling, the film starts with a Found Footage scene of a female bound and gagged on a table in what appears to be a torture/killing in progress. We don’t see what’s happening on camera, but descriptive sounds (and our imagination) fill in the rest. This initial scene sets the tone for where the film is headed. The film starts with our three protagonists, Raz, Charlie, and Jess, who are college students in a film study class assigned to make a documentary for their final class projec...[Read More]
For a genre that's typically ultra-formulaic in its approach, "Alone with Her" manages to achieve a level of uniqueness not usually observed in the realm of Found Footage films. Nonetheless, the film has its challenges, but still manages to both entertain and disturb. "Alone with Her" isn't so much about the ending as the journey the antagonist takes to get to his destination. Spoilers abound, after watching the first few minutes of this film most viewers will accurately predict where the story is headed and how it will end. As I mentioned above, it's the journey and psychology of the antag...[Read More]
"World War Dead: Rise of the Fallen" starts out interestingly enough, as a voice-over walks us through a montage of imagery from the "Battle of the Somme," France, circa 1916. We learn that the British and French fought the German empire leaving many wounded or killed. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of this historic battle, a film crew travels to the Somme to shoot a documentary. In an effort to increase ratings, the director of the documentary, Marcus, has plans to put a paranormal spin on the film. Marcus nudges his historian/co-host, Brian, to focus more on the legends surrounding ...[Read More]
“Devil’s Backbone, Texas” is a paranormal themed found footage horror film released in 2015 that is written/directed by Jake Wade Wall. The film takes the form of a mockumentary recapping the life of Bert Wall, a resident of Devil’s Backbone, Texas and his son’s quest to unearth the truth behind the strange stories leading up to his questionable death The film opens with a series of testimonials and interviews of family and friends of Bert Wall and his son Jake (Jake Wade Wall). At the behest of Jake’s stepmother, he arranges this mockumentary to pay tribute to his father and film the sprea...[Read More]