Seen completely through computer screens or webcam feeds, in a radicalization of the aesthetics of De Palma's Redacted, this new twist on the found-footage horror genre brings to mind Haneke's Funny Games in the sense that desensitized people can be entertained by the filmed torture and murder of others - though in Haneke's case the criticism was explicitly aimed at regular viewers who get off on violent thrillers.
The first half works well, but then in the second the film starts to suck big time. Human creatures who don't drop the camera off even when they are being attacked by some mad hallucinated psycho are completely unverisimilar. Someone please make found footage horror filmmakers QUIT IT.
Pathetic. The Den started so strong with a captivating version of found footage. But that unique style - being told completely through webcam - was its ultimate downfall. As the film progressed, I found myself wondering why the characters were STILL taping themselves. Combined with the eventual action, it was impossible to tell what was going on. I stayed for an explanation, and I didn't get it.