Cinema Verite Horror Films:
Archive of film reviews for "cinema verite" and "found footage"" style films
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Film Review: Evil Things (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: On January 9th 2009, 5 college students left New York City for a weekend in the country. 48 hours later, all 5 students simply vanished without a trace. There were no leads and no evidence…until now. REVIEW: In the recent wake of Paranormal Actively style films, comes a new entry with the intriguing title of “Evil Things”. “Evil Things” is rooted on missing persons hype and a somewhat viral ad campaign. If it were … Continue reading

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Film Review: Silence, Ca Tue! (2008)

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SYNOPSIS: A young director disgusted by the financing system of the movie industry decides to shoot a feature movie made from live scenes without any financial support in order to denounce the difficulties to achieve a cinematographic project in Belgium. The rivalries between the cast members, the excesses and the frustrations will slowly lead him to a surrealistic disaster. REVIEW: Silence, ca tue! is a micro budget recent release from BrinkDVD. Shot in Belgium (more … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Bucks County Massacre (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: “The Bucks County Massacre” was compiled from video footage found at the scene of a horrible crime. The editors would like to express their sympathies to the families of the victims. They would also like to express their gratitude to the local authorities for their involvement and cooperation on this project. The public release of “The Bucks County Massacre” is done with the express consent of the families of the victims and all authorities … Continue reading

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Film Review: Evidence of a Haunting (2010)

SYNOPSIS: Evidence of a Haunting follows a small group of Texas paranormal investigators – Rayne, Sam, Tor, Father Bowden, Echo and Shelly – filming three adventures for their reality TV show where they encounter a variety of entities, spirits and ghosts. During the final chapter, their investigation run head on into a demon that dwells in the underground tunnels beneath a nearby community college. What they discover will test the beliefs, their fears and their … Continue reading

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Film Review: Paranormal Incident (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: The infamous Odenbrook Sanitarium closed after a mass suicide occurred within its walls. Sixty years later, six college students armed with cameras and recording equipment venture into the asylum to prove the existence of the paranormal. Thrills turn into nightmares as members of the group go missing without a sound, cell phones mysteriously vanish, corridors turn into mazes, walls appear where doors once stood, flashlights fail and something or someone begins toying with the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Alien: Origin (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: A movie created from “found footage” of a lost military expedition that exposes the origins of life on earth. REVIEW: My first thought when hearing the title “Alien: Origin” from the folks over at The Asylum I assumed it would be some sort of “Prometheus” mockbuster. Instead, I just sat through a film that ran just under ninety minutes and I feel like I just pissed away an entire day. If I didn’t have … Continue reading

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Film Review: Area 407 (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Survivors of an airplane crash find themselves within the borders of a government testing area and pursued by predators. REVIEW: “Area 407” is the latest arrival in the cinema verite game. In many ways, the film is to the level that I “expected” “Chernobyl Diaries” to be. But as they say, Chernobyl Diaries” didn’t live up to expectations. “Area 407″ does have a fair amount of interesting qualities to it. Some of those may … Continue reading

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Film Review: Chronicle (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery. Soon, though, they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides. REVIEW: Found footage style cam has gotten inventive. “Chronicle” is the latest in this style that while using the trademark “carry-a-camera-around” look and feel is actually a bigger budget extravaganza. “Chronicle” manages to instill a sense of super heroism, action, and scifi into … Continue reading

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Film Review: Deserted House (aka The Haunted House Project) (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: Over the past 42 years, six people have gone missing, eight people have died “accidently” and eleven cases of murder have occurred in a deserted house. 3 members of an abandoned house exploring club and 3 staff members of a broadcasting company go into the deserted house. All of them disappear. REVIEW: By now, you would think with all their expertise in the ghost and scary ambience department, that the Asian market would step … Continue reading

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Film Review: 7 Nights of Darkness (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: In 2010 six reality television show contestants spent seven nights in an abandoned and haunted asylum. The show never aired but an editor for the network was able to piece together some footage. The prize for staying all seven nights was a share of one million dollars that was to be split amongst any contestants that didn’t leave. No prize money was ever awarded. REVIEW: And so it begins, another entry into the cam … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Devil Inside (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: In Italy, a woman becomes involved in a series of unauthorized exorcisms during her mission to discover what happened to her mother, who allegedly murdered three people during her own exorcism. REVIEW: “The Devil Inside” debuts as one of the first horror films to arise from the 2012 New Year. With typical theatre attendance a bit low, many have been eagerly anticipating its arrival. It’s marketing efforts have been strong and reported impressions have … Continue reading

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Film Review: Apollo 18 (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: Decades-old found footage from NASA’s abandoned Apollo 18 mission, where two American astronauts were sent on a secret expedition, reveals the reason the U.S. has never returned to the moon. REVIEW:  If you found yourself confused with the footage aspect and adverts, rest assured this film is just fiction. It also is entirely shot in POV found footage style aka “cinema verite”. It stars 3 actors, one of which you’ll recognize from the Sanctuary … Continue reading

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Film Review: Cloverfield (2008)

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SYNOPSIS: Revolves around a monster attack in New York as told from the point of view of a small group of people. REVIEW: Taking a que from a few other “like” style films, Cloverfield is one of the few to really draw up ALOT of pre-release hype. In fact, its set and details were kept so under wrap that just the fact of not knowing what the Cloverfield monster looked like seemed to be enough … Continue reading

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Film Review: Lunopolis (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: Two documentary filmmakers accidentally uncover the greatest moon secret the world has never known, and the powerful organization determined to keep it that way. REVIEW: In the course of film reviewing, every now and then you come across something that is different, to something that is simply remarkable. I found this something in my recent viewing of a new film I came across called “Lunopolis”. Lunopolis” is a science fiction film presented in the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Grave Encounters (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: Lance Preston and the crew of “Grave Encounters”, a ghost-hunting reality television show, are shooting an episode inside the abandoned Collingwood Psychiatric Hospital, where unexplained phenomena has been reported for years. All in the name of good television, they voluntarily lock themselves inside the building for the night and begin a paranormal investigation, capturing everything on camera. They quickly realize that the building is more than just haunted – it is alive – and … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Blair Witch Project (1999)

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SYNOPSIS: Three film students travel to Maryland to make a student film about a local urban legend… The Blair Witch. The three went into the woods on a two day hike to find the Blair Witch, and never came back. One year later, the students film and video was found in the woods. The footage was compiled and made into a movie. The Blair Witch Project. REVIEW: To review the Blair Witch Project, a 1999 … Continue reading

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Film Review: Evidence (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: Ryan is making a documentary on his friend, Brett, about camping for the first time. However, once they begin camping, they discover that there is a mysterious figure that is hunting them. REVIEW: By now your probably wondering what more could filmmakers possible come up with in regards to a handheld camera and cinema verite premise? The interesting thing about these films I’ve often found is the planning that goes behind the reveals when … Continue reading

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Film Review: Atrocious (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: The Quintanilla family was found dead. Recorded evidence was discovered by the police. Production company acquires the confidential material and edits it into a Horror Movie. REVIEW: Welcome again to another round of “been there”. I come out of these style films with varied mixed feelings. Of the 10 or so I’ve seen this year, the top ones have been “The Fourth Kind”, “REC” and Paranormal Activity (1&2). But style aside, we really are … Continue reading

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Film Review: Re-cut (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: Following the discovery of the murder of two twin girls in their family’s barn, a former reality TV-star is dispatched by a TV-news station to uncover the mystery behind their gruesome deaths. REVIEW: Director – Fritz Manger Starring – Ross Kohn, Meredith Phillips, Austin Basis The idea of the actual existence of “snuff films” is one that has been presented in several horror films. My personal favorite among these is “Vacancy” starring Kate Beckinsale … Continue reading

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Film Review: Meadowoods (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: In a sleepy and uneventful small town, three college students, bored and desperate to make their mark, plot a savage and merciless murder. Electing to keep a video journal to memorialize their bizarre pact, they plot in secret, devising a homemade death chamber that will allow them to see, hear, feel, and linger over their intended victim’s torment and final moments of life. Then, chosen at random, a fellow student becomes this victim when … Continue reading

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Film Review: Unaware (2011)

SYNOPSIS: A young couple, Joe and Lisa, travel to Texas to visit Joe’s grandfather Roy; however, when they arrive unannounced, they find Roy is not home and will not be returning for a few days. Instead of leaving to stay elsewhere, Joe has other plans convincing Lisa to stay at the home for the weekend. When the visit should take a romantic turn, Joe, allowing his curiosity to get the best of him, begins to … Continue reading

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