CAM (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

CAM (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
CAM is a really interesting technology based horror that marks yet another strong Blumhouse production to be released this year.  Lead by an excellent performance by Madeline Brewer  and some exceptionally well handled and sympathetic direction by Daniel Goldhaber CAM is measured, unexploitative and tightly directed.  In short: Netflix has delivered a well handled horror that is a must see for genre fans.

Best Bit: Madeline Brewer is excellant

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

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

 


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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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Phil’s Top 5… Blumhouse Productions Films

Phil’s Top 5… Blumhouse Productions Films

Other Cr*p Top 5

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: Blumhouse Movies

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Close but no cigar: Paranormal Activity 2, The Purge Anarchy, Insidious, The Town That Dreaded Sundown

 

5 – Hush
A house.  A deaf writer and a killer on the loose.  Yup Hush is a house invasion story with a twist. It’s also tense, brutal and great fun.

4 – The Bay
A found footage film with a difference, The Bay is clever, razor sharp and brilliantly directed by it’s former near award winning A-list director.  One to look up if you missed it.

3 – Paranormal Activity
Takes The Blair Witch Project’s found footage concept and, with a little help from Spielberg, launches a whole sub-genre of films.

2 – The Purge: Election Year
The third and best of The Purge films, Election Year is a visually stunning, well paced action horror that benefits from a starring role for Frank Grillo.

1 – Whiplash
Not a tradition Blumhouse Production but regardless Whiplash sits under the same studio and follows a similar budget and high concept.  Whiplash is a great film, smart, memorable and quotable.  The best film of 2015.

 

 

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