Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Unfriended: Dark Web is another strong entry into the ‘desktop’ found footage sub genre that’s arrived over the past few years.  And yup it’s another Blumhouse production.  Taking more of a ‘real world’ concept that the previous Unfriended movie, Dark Web is well made and does the best with its limiting format.  I question just how many more of these films we can watch before they get a bit ho-hum but for now Unfriended: Dark Web is well worth your time.

Best Bit: Great use of the format

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Unfriended, Searching, The Bay

 


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The Bay – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

The Bay – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Bay is a real surprise.  Firstly it’s a big name director (Oscar winner Barry Levinson) doing something VERY different and secondly, probably even more relevant, it’s an original and engrossing found footage movie.  Shocks, scares and thrills aplenty here but also a good story that replies on more than jump shocks (that said it ha s a few classics) and cheap tricks.  Highly recommended.

Best Bit: The direction and concept

Rent, Borrow, Buy, Stream: Buy

If you liked this try: The Blair Witch Project (8/10); REC (8/10); Paranormal Activity (8/10)

 

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Blog: The Sacrament – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: The Sacrament – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
I’m not a massive fan of Ti West’s work so far.   Cabin Fever 2 was bad, VHS bored me and I haven’t yet seen The Innkeepers.  However based on The Sacrament, West could actually be a director to watch.  Based loosely on the Jonestown Massacre, The Sacrament is a documentary style movie (NOT found footage as these films get erroneously labeled) that has a creepy unsettling feel that manages to put you on edge, anxiously awaiting for the moment where things go wrong.  Sadly when this does happen and the bodies start hitting the floor, the film feels rushed and delivers a final third that doesn’t quite live up to what went before.  It doesn’t spoil the film but it leaves you feeling that it could have been more than just good.  Overall – worth a watch!

Best Bit: It’s creepy atmosphere

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Rent

If You Liked this Try:  The Innkeepers, Cabin Fever 2, VHS

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Blog: Willow Creek – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: Willow Creek – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Damn. This one hurts.  I’m been a massive fan of Blair Witch and the genre it inspired.  Yes okay so not every film was great but it has become an interesting genre.  When I heard Bobcat Goldthwait, director of the excellent God Bless America, was making a found footage BigFoot movie it had all the hallmarks of something special. I was wrong.  What I got was a carbon copy of Blair Witch, same structure, same ideas (even a “We’re lost” section) and almost the same ending. The film just offers nothing new.  Yes a few bits are effective but like most Blair Witch copies there’s a lot of nothing before the payoff.  Massiev let down

Best Bit: In The Tent

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Blair Witch, The Bay, Paranormal Activity

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Must See Movie: The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Must See Movie: The Blair Witch Project (1999)

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Why Should I watch this?
Forget what the haters tell you, The Blair Witch Project was a game changer.  One of the first low budget film’s to smash box office records, one of the first ever found footage movies, one of the highest cost vs return’s in the history of cinema… the list goes on. From it’s ground breaking “Is It? Isn’t It?” marketing to the fact that, watched in the right conditions it’s bloody scary, The Blair Witch rewrote the rule book for horror films and started a whole new sub-genre of movies.  It’s  a love or hate movie for sure but in terms of impact and influence this is probably one of THE most significant films of the last 20 years.  Yes.  Really.

 

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Review: The Dyatlov Pass Incident (DVD/BR)

Review: The Dyatlov Pass Incident (DVD/BR)

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The Review: In 1959, a group of Russian hikers trekked into the Ural Mountains, despite being experienced hikers, all nine of them were found dead two weeks later. The bodies were contaminated with radiation and internal organs and bones were crushed with no discernable marks on the surface of the skin. The authorities stated that the bodies had been subjected to an immeasurable force and closed the case. This led to wild speculation about what actually happened to the group with everything from Alien abduction, government experiments and Yeti attacks being tabled as possible answers.

The film begins with a group of five American college students receiving a grant to make a documentary about the incident, aptly named after its leader Igor Dylatov. The group are soon off to Russia to follow in the footsteps of the ill fated expedition with one of the group perfectly summing everything up when she says “you wanted to retrace an expedition where nine people died, what did you think would happen to us?”

The Dylatov Pass Incident is actually a true story and this found footage film seamlessly blurs the lines between fact and fiction and gives a possible account of what happened.

Much to my disbelief and gnashing of teeth, director Renny Harlin (yes him, remember the 90’s when he made good films?) has done a decent job of breathing a bit more life into the now utterly pointless found footage genre. Much like Barry Levinson in The Bay, an old pro has put a new twist on a genre which is begging to be put out of its misery.

The cast are able to remain likeable even through some horrific clunky dialogue at the beginning of the film with the stand out performance coming from former Hollyoaks actress Gemma Atkinson.

Without giving too much away, this film will draw comparisons to the likes of The Blair Witch Project and The Descent and a whole host of others (pop quiz, see how many you can get). Is it perfect? No, but it is an entertaining ride that will assault you like an avalanche and leave you wondering if you will make it out alive

Reviewed By: Matt Duddy


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The Bay: A Quick Capsule Review

The Bay: A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Bay is a real surprise.  Firstly it’s a big name director (Oscar winner Barry Levinson) doing something VERY different and secondly, probably even more relevant, it’s an original and engrossing found footage movie.  Shocks, scares and thrills aplenty here but also a good story that replies on more than jump shocks (that said it ha s a few classics) and cheap tricks.  Highly recommended.

Best Bit: The format

Rent, Borrow, Buy, Stream: Buy

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If you liked this try: Blair Witch (8/10); REC (8/10); Paranormal Activity (8/10)