One of the things low budget, found footage films rely on is the talent of its cast for being natural without being too professional; the genre seems to thrive on the actors being more “real” and neighbor-next-door. It tends to be more realistic if the characters feel as if they are unrehearsed bringing a documentary approach. This freedom does not help the cast of Back From HellÂ sadly. The lines are delivered with a heavy stiffness combined with forced emotions backing them up. The six leads rarely feel like friends, either now or when they were to have been in college. It’s difficult to believe they ever care for each other when the situation goes south. Since this is a foreign cast speaking in English, it may a case of lost-in-translation, but the result is a very stilted delivery robbing the film of engaging its audience. There are some exceptions that make some of the scene more palatable than others. When Mark finds his friends dead, covered in blood, his reaction is both wholly believable and intense. And Andrew’s reaction to the first death in the film is shocking in its simplicity.
Back From Hell (2011)