Found Footage is kind of the bastard sub-genre of the Horror world anymore. Most FF flicks are made on the cheap; they use the same lame tricks and plot devices to tell their story; they make little to no logical sense; and they seldom follow their on rules.
Most of them tend to suck.
But every once in a while one comes along that does things right, and reaffirms our belief in the whole conceit. Exhibit A is one such FF flick, and while it's not a perfect effort, it sure does showcase exactly what Cinema Verite movies are supposed to be.
|YES, GIRLS CAN BE CREEPERS TOO!|
|WHAT IS HE ON ABOUT?|
Director Dom Rotheroe does the FF sub-genre proud by giving us a real story populated by real characters that are given plenty of room to develop. The pacing is slow, but the tension builds naturally and it never feels like we're watching any sort of gimmicky movie. The cast is also great, with a young Brittany Ashworth and Bradley Cole being the standouts; watching a man's breakdown from the perspective of both he and his daughter was compelling stuff, and the two of them gave weighty performances.
The finale is what makes this movie so memorable though, as the horrific events that the movie has been slowly building towards unfold in one static take that was tough to watch because it felt so real. And that last shot...
|DADDY'S LITTLE GIRL... SHOULD RUN!|
|THERE IS A HELLACIOUS TICKLE FIGHT THAT LEAVES EVERYONE EXHAUSTED THOUGH.|
|WHAT WAS HER STORY? WE'D LIKE TO KNOW.|
Definitely worth a watch if you don't need a ton of action or gore gags to entertain/scare you.
Exhibit A is available now on DVD and VOD.
Brittany Ashworth is all grown up now, and we like how she turned out.