Director John Erick Dowdle’s thought-provoking mockumentary probes the mind of a cunning serial killer in a way that’s both engrossing and disturbing. When police ambush an empty house in New York, they find hours of footage of disturbing murders.
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Some of the worst filmmaking I've ever seen. These flaws aren't nearly as intentional as some would have you believe. The movie frequently violates its own rules by having the killer move in front of the moving camera that he's meant to be holding, or playing sound effects over the found footage. The acting isn't as bad as everyone says either though. Ultimately it's a poorly researched and executed movie. 2 stars.
This shouldn't work on so many levels - almost uniformly horrible acting, a few laughably cheesy moments - but it does. The post-processing on the tapes (static, noise, roll, color deformation) is almost the star in itself, and helps to create some of the most unique and genuinely creepy atmosphere in anything I've seen. I hate the "horror" genre, categorically, but this is a hugely underappreciated gem.
A fake documentary in which almost all actors are bad and each line sounds forced and unconvincing.
*Filmmakers who think that fear and dread can be provoked by bad staged sensationalism, PLEASE grow up.*