Number of Times Seen – 1 (9 Sep 2019)
Brief Synopsis – A year after a group of filmmakers disappeared while filming a documentary about a haunted area of the woods, the footage of their journey is discovered
My Take on it – This is a film that I have never had any desire to see since I’m not much of a fan of horror movies or of films that utilize the “found footage” aspect of things.
After having finally watched it, I can say that it truly feels very overrated and fails to work very well on numerous levels.
The novelty of the “found footage” aspect of things probably made it more receptive when it came out twenty years ago, but it hasn’t aged well and that aspect of film making isn’t that innovative by today’s standards.
The film doesn’t manage to find a way to develop any pf the characters and its very hard to care about what will happen to any pf them.
The story feels too much like a gimmick and isn’t scary or intense like one would expect from a horror film.
The plot isn’t very engaging or entertaining and that also hurts things.
Due to the low budget used to make this film, they expertly use background noises and footage of misplaced items as replacements for effects showing a witch or ghost in order to try and help raise the suspense level of things, but even that unfortunately can’t help make this movie any more enjoyable.
Bottom Line -Really overrated horror film that doesn’t work as well now as it probably did when it came out since the novelty of the “found footage” aspect of things has worn off in the two decades ever since. The characters aren’t developed at all and this film feels much more like a gimmick than an entertaining or even scary kind of story. The choice to use background sounds and misplaced items to try and make the viewer imagine that their is a ghost or witch in the vicinity helps add a bit more suspense to things especially given the fact that they use a very small budget to make this film.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This film was in the Guinness Book of World Records for “Top Budget: Box Office Ratio” (for a mainstream feature film). The film cost $60,000 to make and made back $248 million, a ratio of $1 spent for every $10,931 made. (From IMDB)
Rating – Razzie Worthy (4/10)
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