Reel Evil – (2012)
Stars: Jessica Morris, Kaiwi Lyman, Jeff Adler, Tessa Lane, Jamie Bernadette, Kate Bowen.
IMDB Rating: 3.4
Plot: Struggling filmmakers – Kennedy, Cory and James – finally catch the break they were looking for when they are hired to shoot a ‘behind-the-scenes’ documentary for a major studio production. But their dream job quickly turns into a nightmare when they explore the legendary, haunted location and find something far worse than anything Hollywood could create. Terror becomes reality for the filmmakers as they uncover the malevolent secrets of the hospital, and the sinister doctor who once ran it. Trapped inside the hospital with no apparent way out, our crew is tormented by the evil, unspeakable fear.
Review: Another one in the “found footage” stockpile. Reel Evil opens with three struggling film-makers, Kennedy (Jessica Morris), James (Jeff Adler), and Cory (Kaiwi Lyman), finally getting their big break when they are hired to film a “behind the scenes” documentary for a major film studio.
What should have been an easy paycheck for the trio, soon becomes their nightmare, as they find themselves trapped in a parallel world where ghosts are hunting them down, one by one.
The story gets a little slow and quite predictable in what could have been a good film. I don’t mind a good horror film, and “found footage” films tend to be bland and dry for the most part, to the point where you can tell that everyone is going to die. And this film is no different. The ghosts of the dead have their day (or night) and not only do our trio of wanna-be explorers get killed one by one, but so do the rest of the film crew who hired them.
While the film did explore a little on the former Doctor of this establishment, I did find that there could have been more to his backstory rather than just see brief glimpses of his ghost roaming around, wielding surgical tools. Why was his ghost haunting the hospital to begin with? Did he die of natural causes or was he murdered by one of the patients? I guess we will never know, and that is just one reason why this film was a bit of a let down for me.
There were moments there when I actually thought that the gang would decide to leave before the shite hit the paranormal fan, but if they did, then we wouldn’t have seen them get killed off, and that wouldn’t be any fun now would it 🙂
Some interesting appearances in this film to say the least from the likes of Tessa Lane (pretty much playing herself), who happens to get into her natural environment of filming a porn with Cory, Kate Bowen (Bunnyman Massacre) as the MU artist, and Jamie Bernadette (Bunnyman Massacre) as Claire. (Although Kate an Jamie didn’t get much screen time).
Filming was done at the Linda Vista Hospital, which is a place that should be familiar to many. After all, it has been the hot-spot for filmies and ghost shows alike. Such memorable ones include Ghost Adventures, Paranormal Challenge, ICU Movie, SX Tape, just to name a few.
This film was okay, but it could have been better.
Verdict: I’ve seen better…..
My Rating: 5 out of 10.
Alien Abduction (2014)
Stars: Katherine Sigismund; Corey Eid; Riley Polanski; Jillian Clare.
IMDB Rating: 5.1
Plot: A vacationing family encounters an alien threat in this thriller based on the real-life Brown Mountain Lights phenomenon in North Carolina.
Review: Another film of the “Found Footage” genre. I have said this in a previous post, that there is a wave of “found footage” films cropping up all over the place, and everyone seeming to want to jump on the bandwagon success of “Blair Witch”. Now, while some “Found Footage” films I have seen are quite good, there are also those that really do not make the grade.
This is one of them….
The film starts off with the ending… An alien carries a camera over to a garbage chute and jettisons the camera back to Earth, from near orbit. We see the camera plummet to Earth, and while any other camera would have smashed to pieces on impact, this camera had some remarkable properties as it seemed to have no damage other than a cracked lens.
That is where my attention span switched off for the most part.
The story of this film is about the Morris family who venture into the Brown Mountains for a camping trip, when they witness a strange light phenomena in the sky and then they find themselves running for their lives as eerie lights track their every movement, while being stalked by other worldly creatures, who seem to also like to ransack cars after they abduct people, (or so it seems).
While the film is based on the actual Brown Mountains Light Phenomenon, the only similarity here was that it was shot in the same region. That is where any resemblance to fact ends. The acting was okay, the alien “lets scare the hell out of everyone” scenes were predictable to the point where it wouldn’t scare me out of a daydream, and the after-footage scene (during credits) was tiresome.
(I wont post the dialogue here on that scene, but I will just say that the scene is set 12 months later, and as the police officer arrives to the scene in his cruiser, he knows straight away that the guy sitting on the roadside is the abducted father)
This film had promise, but it could have been better in my opinion. If low budget, alien abduction films are your thing, watch this, otherwise, watch “The Fourth Kind” or “Fire In The Sky” instead.
My Rating: 4 out of 10.
SX Tape (2013)
Stars: Caitlyn Folley; Ian Duncan.
IMDB Rating: 4.3
Plot: What begins as harmless sex games between a free-spirited artist and her videographer boyfriend turns much darker as the pair breaks into a boarded-up former hospital, looking for a space for a new gallery show. As they investigate the building’s ominous rooms and passageways, a seductive prank, meaning to arouse and terrify, goes terribly wrong – and what is discovered will destroy them both.
Review: “SXTape” is a “found footage” movie, that has jumped on the bandwagon of successful films such as “Blair Witch” or “Paranormal Activity”. While the title may imply that there are sex scenes that you can feast your eyes on, you don’t actually see anything, apart from one nudity scene early on in the film and an implied threesome which Adam later sees on the security footage.
The story of “SX Tape” is not anything new by any standards, but it was thought out well enough to bring another “horror found footage” movie to the market. While it was interesting to a point, and had a one or two chill points along the way, the movie did lack the real scare factor to keep this audience engaged.
For those who are GAC fans, you will notice that filming was done at the abandoned Linda Vista Community Hospital. Also where numerous other films and movies have been made.
There are a few flaws in this film. Such as for a building that has been abandoned for decades, there is still power and running water. Other flaws you can pick for yourself if you decide to watch this movie.
The acting was nicely done by Caitlyn Folley (Jill), but as for the rest of the film, I would pass.
My Rating: 2 out of 10.