I think there's eventually a divergence between the strength of the form and the strength of the script, when the movie tries its hand at some elaborate twists that diffuse some of the earlier horror alter the movie's genre trajectory to a degree. I like this approach to horror, however; rather distinct in contrast to the glut of found footage flicks that come out every year. It just could've been better written.
A rare example of how to make a convincing mockumentary, with really good actors, a simple but good story and an excellent work of edition. Not to mention the chilling yet melancholic atmosphere that Murcof's music helps to create. Sad, frightening, and very human.
Very effective fictional documentary that actually respects the forms and rhythms of documentary, rather than fighting against them. Particularly powerful is the film's framing of ghosts as existential nightmare, as a presence just parallel to our own whose very existence raises the specter of doubt. Spiritualism had a close connection to photography in the late 18th century, and this film exploits those connections.
Unsettling. You never know what to expect from the suspension of horror and fear. It really did scared me. The mood it creates is so powerful that it doesn't need jump scares to really mess with you, as it creates a false sense of calm. Even though it doesn't totally fulfil you, it's truly unsettling.
The film goes nowhere with its ideas of grief or spooky ghosties. It takes about an hour and eleven minutes before we get the first genuine creep out. The rest of the film is a well shot rehash of every a haunting show out there(as well as Twin Peaks). The plot elements just don't add up and I was left quite unsatisfied. I'll leave the mockumentaries to the asian extreme movement.
A low-budget Australian retelling of the "Twin Peaks" mythology by the way of the "Paranormal Activity" aesthetic (although it predates the latter). The thing to know about this film is that it unfolds almost 90% through interviews, so get ready for lot of talking heads telling you what's happening rather than the director showing you. Thankfully, its ghost story favors the subtle mindfuck over flashy jump scares.