Adam Mason gave us another solid Thriller with The Devil's Chair (review HERE), and after seeing his latest effort, Hangman, it's clear that the guy has knack for knowing what scares us.
At first glance, we assumed that Hangman was just another in a long line of Direct-To-DVD Found Footage flicks that had a cool poster, but would ultimately end up underwhelming us.
While it did have its issues, Hangman ended up getting under our skin and sticking with us way more than we expected it to.
Hangman) films them and breaks into their car, where he retrieves their home address from the OnStar computer, and heads over to their home. Then he breaks in, sets up cameras in every room, and makes a little hidden room for himself in the attic.
|YEAH, UP THERE. WHERE YOU SHOULD NEVER GO.|
This goes on for another 45 minutes or so, in movie time.
|WHY IS HE LOOKING IN THE CAMERA. HE KNOWS NO ONE IS WATCHING!|
If they had only had a dog...
|ALWAYS WITH THE DOLLS!|
After watching Hangman, I was walking around the house in the middle of the night, and caught myself checking the corners of my room for cameras. I felt instantly ridiculous when I realized it was because of some stupid movie I had just watched a few hours back, but it sure stuck with me enough to mess with my mind for a while, which is saying something.
The opening scene was pretty intense and brutal, as was the final one. And while lagging a bit in the middle, the movie somehow managed to deliver plenty of intense and disturbing moments that genuinely skeeved us out. For a Found Footage flick, Hangman did a lot right.
The family, and the cast that played them, were all likable enough, even if there were a few moments when their actions made us shake our heads. Jeremy Sisto has always been cool with us, and it was nice seeing Amy Smart on-screen, even if it was only briefly.
An even bigger issue for us was the Hangman himself. What was his motivation? I mean, the guy spent a lot of time and effort to wire the house with cameras so he could observe the family, but why? And honestly, how was he able to afford so many cameras, monitors, etc.. when all he did was hide in peoples attics, watching them day in and day out, and ultimately murder them? Was he secretly rich or something? And how did he select his families?
We want answers!
|AT LEAST HE HAD GOOD TASTE IN VICTIMS.|
The opening murder video was much creepier, and much more effective.
|SHE WAS TERRIBLE AT HIDING.|
|YOU'RE UPDATING FACEBOOK? NOW?|
|THAT'S AN ODD WAY TO SLEEP.|
|SHE KNOWS. OH, SHE KNOWS.|
Hangman is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD.
Kate Ashfield and Amy Smart are in this, and it's not the first movie that they've starred in together.