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Think V/H/S, but with even shorter segments

User Rating: 6

Paranoia Tapes is a bit like the much more successful V/H/S series: there’s a wraparound story, which sets up a series of mini-stories found on Betamax tapes an individual finds that were left to him by his deceased father. Each tape contains a segment of the movie, which is its own mini-found-footage piece. Most of them are only a few minutes long. Obviously, in a project like this, you’re going to get a wide variety of quality between the segments, and because they are so short, if you like or dislike one, it’ll be over quickly, and then it’s on to the next. I think this was the writer/director’s second movie, so it’s also the product of someone still finding his footing.

Overall, I wouldn’t rate this one very highly. None of the segments really stood out, and the acting was generally adequate, although some were pretty poor. I found the clown segments especially boring and grating. But at least the film moves quickly, and even if I didn’t like a segment, I was mollified by the thought that it would be over soon. Personally, I give it a marginal thumbs down, but you could do worse. Note: I may be a bit generous here; IMDB has three reviews of this film as of today, and every single one gives it the worst possible score of 1 out of 10. I think that’s way too harsh.

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