Cinema Verite Horror Films:
Archive of film reviews for "cinema verite" and "found footage"" style films
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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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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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