Cinema Verite Horror Films:
Archive of film reviews for "cinema verite" and "found footage"" style films
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Film Review: Zombie Diaries (2006)

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SYNOPSIS: In the not-too-distant future, a mysterious plague has spread to every corner of the planet. Once it kills, the virus reanimates the dead, transforming them into flesh-eating zombies. This film reveals the terror through the eyes of its witnesses. Video cameras from a documentary film crew, a couple fleeing London (ground zero for the virus) and a band of survivors holed up in a barn capture the relentless zombie attack as it happens. REVIEW: … Continue reading

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Film Review: 8213: Gacy House (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: John Wayne Gacy murdered 33 young men and boys between 1972 and 1978 in suburban Chicago. 26 bodies were found in a crawl space beneath his house and 3 others were buried in the backyard. Although the house was completely demolished during the exhumation of the bodies, on May 15, 2004 a group of paranormal investigators wired the home that was built in its place with paranormal detection and surveillance equipment. The outcome of … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Realm (The Ouija Experiment) (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of friends unite to experiment with the ill-fated Ouija Board for one of the youth’s internet blog. Within no time the friends each realize they’d gotten far more than they’d bargained for as the spirits unleashed begin their unholy descent in terrorizing each of their individual lives.

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Film Review: 616: Paranormal Incident (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: When Special Agent Watts and his Investigation Unit are called to the derelict Woodburrow Prison he thinks it’s business as usual. But there’s nothing usual about Woodburrow. A mysterious woman is found attempting to flee the scene and things begin to spiral out of control as an evil force picks the team off one by one. Soon Agent Watts is left alone to face what might be the world’s most powerful evil…The Devil. REVIEW: … Continue reading

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Film Review: Reel Evil (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Struggling filmmakers – Kennedy, Cory and James – finally catch the break they were looking for when they are hired to shoot a ‘behind-the-scenes’ documentary for a major studio production. But their dream job quickly turns into a nightmare when they explore the legendary, haunted location and find something far worse than anything Hollywood could create. Terror becomes reality for the filmmakers as they uncover the malevolent secrets of the hospital, and the sinister … Continue reading

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Film Review: Amber Alert (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: When a group of friends decides to follow a car they’ve seen posted on an Amber Alert, things start to go very wrong. REVIEW: Director – Kerry Bellessa Starring – Jasen Wade, Summer Bellessa, Chris Hill Seems like anymore, taglines for horror movies need to start with the phrase, “just when you thought you’ve seen the last found footage film.” Yep, they’re everywhere and Amber Alert is no exception. Which of course begs the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Megan Is Missing (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: Fictional drama based on actual events, about 2 teen-age girls who encounter an internet predator. REVIEW: Director – Michael Goi Starring – Amber Perkins, Rachel Quinn, Dean Waite In October of 1993 twelve year old Polly Hannah Klaas was kidnapped and later found to have been murdered. The following year her father, Marc Klaas, started the KlaasKids Foundation to help spread the word about crimes against children. I mention this because on the cover … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Lost Episode (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Instead, they discover something completely unexpected and find themselves  fighting for their lives as a maniacal surgeon picks them off one at a time. REVIEW: A group of teenaged friends, or, rather, a group of actors who may only resemble teenagers obviously pretending to be friends, decide to check out the local abandoned mental asylum, known as Penhurst, before it is turned into a themed amusement attraction (no, I’m not kidding). Led by a … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Bay (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Chaos breaks out in a small Maryland town after an ecological disaster occurs. REVIEW: Admittedly, when I first heard about a found footage style horror film being directed by the guy who gave us Rain Man, Good Morning Vietnam, and Toys I was a tad skeptical. Certainly Barry Levinson is a great director—he as an Oscar for crying out loud–, but the question that piqued my curiosity was what does he know about horror?? … Continue reading

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Film Review: Back From Hell (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: Six college friends reconnect when they travel to a remote home for vacation. The location begins to have a strange effect on their personalities and moods, especially after they unknowingly summon an evil spirit with an Ouija board. Soon, the group suspects that one of their friends has become possessed and they bring in a priest from a neighboring Church. Things go from bad to worse as a demon begins to claim its victims.

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Film Review: Haunted Changi (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: Story of what happened to a group of documentary makers shooting a documentary in Singapore’s haunted Old Changi Hospital. REVIEW: “Haunted Changi” is another entry in the horror found-footage sub-genre. Many of the independent entries in this particular type of movie show a lack of experience, and act as a way to hide the amateur cast and crew. This is not the case with “Haunted Changi.” A great, grass-roots, internet ad campaign, combined with … Continue reading

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Film Review: Crowsnest (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Five friends embark on a trip to the cottage for a birthday weekend but one detour causes their entire trip to crumble when they encounter an RV with some vicious passengers. REVIEW: So much has been done in the found footage genre that it has now infiltrated the mainstream. Mention-worthy films range from Cannibal Holocaust to the Paranormal Activity franchise and independents such as V/H/S that also wish to contribute to fast-growing subgenre. I … Continue reading

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Film Review: 100 Ghost Street: The Return of Richard Speck (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: A team of paranormal investigators go to the site where notorious serial killer Richard Speck murdered several nurses years ago and try to make contact with any spirits that may still be lingering there. Of course they end up encountering Speck’s ghost, and he isn’t very happy. The team soon finds themselves locked inside the building with no way out as the vengeful sprit starts picking them off one-by-one. REVIEW: I don’t know about … Continue reading

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Film Review: 388 Arletta Avenue (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: young couple find themselves in an unnerving situation with a mysterious stalker. REVIEW: Contrary to opinion, this is not quite a found-footage film – 388 Arletta Avenue can best be described in one short sentence as a voyeuristic verite movie. Imagine Peeping Tom if it were based primarily and predominantly around the subjective camera. It’s not a new concept created by writer/director Randall Cole, but it has scarcely been used beyond cult level. And … Continue reading

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Film Review: Grave Encounters 2 (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: As film student Alex Wright (Richard Harmon) becomes obsessed with the film Grave Encounters and the disappearance of its cast, including Lance Preston (Sean Rogerson), he begins receiving contact from from an unknown blog follower, “Death Awaits 666.” The more Alex uncovers about those events, the more he wants to film a documentary about the hospital and the doomed show. After convincing the reluctance film crew and cast of his student film (Leanne Lapp, … Continue reading

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Film Review: Hollow (2012)

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Synopsis: When four friends journey to the remote English countryside, they discover the local legends haunting the region. Set just outside the nearby ruins of an ancient monastery, stands a gigantic, elderly tree that mysteriously draws young lovers to commit suicide, to be found hanging from its twisted limbs. The closer they get to uncovering the mysteries of the Hollow, the more they run the danger of losing their sanity and their lives.  REVIEW: In … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Lost Coast Tapes (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: After a “Bigfoot Hunter” claims to possess the body of a dead Sasquatch, a disgraced investigative journalist stakes his comeback — and the lives of his documentary film crew — on proving the find to be a hoax. It seems like reality TV and fiction are crossing over all the time. So much perhaps that the casual TV viewer might not be able to discern between fact, fiction and film (at times). “Finding Bigfoot” … Continue reading

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Top 20 Found Footage Horror Movies (so far)

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Cinema Verite, possibly a term we are hearing one too many times these days. Such is the style of filmmaking that simply involves a single POV, a handheld camera, and action that unfolds during the duration of the movie. It has also been associated with “found footage” films (though found is not always the case). This has been a trend for the last 2 years based primarily on the reality vision coming off TV fare. So horror … Continue reading

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Film Review: Hombre Y Tierra (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: Mauro Bosque explores some of the most dangerous places in the world and sharing those adventures on his Internet reality show, HOMBRE Y TIERRA. In January of 2005 he sought out to explore the dense forests of Belize to search for a series of legendary caves which he believes were once home to a clan of historic Mayan warriors. While on that excursion, he disappeared without a trace. What happened during that three day … Continue reading

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Film Review: Greystone Park (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: In October 2009, the filmmakers went into an abandoned psychiatric hospital to explore the ‘haunted’ institution, famous for its radical treatment of patients with mental illness. Electroshock, insulin therapy, and lobotomies were commonplace. Once inside, the filmmakers quickly discovered that they were not alone; this story is based on their experiences… REVIEW: Called by 2 names, “Greystone Park” and “The Asylum Tapes“, I wasn’t sure which to go by. The film was titled as … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Dinosaur Project (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Set in the deepest, wildest throngs of the African jungle, The Dinosaur Project is an ambitious quest by a team of western explorers, hoping to find a water creature, whose origins are rooted in myth and fantasy. The head of the expedition, an Indiana Jones type, has his plans for a successful trip spoiled though, after his helicopter is brought down by a flock of strange enormous birds and to add to his troubles, … Continue reading

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