The Dark Tapes is a Horror Anthology that earned some high praise from those who caught it during its festival screenings, and I have to say that I'm not sure why they all seemed to love it so much.
It's decent enough, and it definitely puts a new spin or two on the V/H/S formula, but in all honesty it's a half and half effort at best.
Of course opinion being what it is and all, what we have to say is neither here nor there in the grand scheme of things, but I've seen a ton of Found Footage flicks since the boom began, and it just felt very average overall.
The meat of the wrap involves a professor and his sexy student conducting an experiment based around the idea that trans-dimensional beings can be seen by humans while in the state of REM sleep. They have a guy record them as they sleep, and what they discover is a terrifying look into what night terrors can be.
This is the best segment of the movie.
|CORTNEY "UNDERRATED" PALM IS ABOUT TO GET DEMONIZED.|
A solid segment.
|YEAH. YOU CAN HAVE THE HOUSE. I'M LEAVING.|
This one didn't work for me at all.
Not a bad segment, it just didn't quite deliver the goods like it could have.
|AMANDA LOOKS TO THE CEILING FOR HER REVENGE.|
Overall though, this is a decent but uneven anthology at best. First of all, I'm not sure where these Dark Tapes even come from. The people at the beginning find the wraparound tapes and watch them, so that makes sense, but the three segments in between are just kind of shown to us with no explanation as to where they come from? Were they all spliced together on the one tape? How? Why?
I don't know, maybe I missed something.
The Cam Girls segment had promise, but it didn't really do much with that potential, and the "dark" voice at the end was just bad. And Amanda's Revenge was interesting enough, but it petered out at the end.
|YEAH, IT'S A BED. GOOD JOB.|
For us, the half of the movie that was good was worth watching the whole thing for. We'd probably wait to catch it for free on Netflix if we could do it all over though.
The Dark Tapes is available now on VOD.
The Dark Tapes. In segment order, no less.