My Rating: 4 stars
I’ve been watching a lot of really exciting indie films lately. And, this is the latest in the batch. Best of all, it’s another indie, horror movie. (Although, this one is about vampires rather than alternate realities like in Coherence). And, the filmmakers, Derek Lee and Clif Prowse, actually manage to pull it off very impressively. Sometimes, independent films can look pretty “homemade.” But, these guys have really created a pretty slick feeling horror film. (Or, as polished as a found-footage film can feel).
I really liked the premise of this movie as well. The story is framed by a couple of guys who are documenting their around-the-world vacation to share with their friends and family back home. (It’s important to come up with a good excuse for why cameras would be rolling in the found-footage genre). But, things take a nasty turn when Derek starts to get violently ill while the friends are in Italy. And, he’s only getting worse. That’s already a nightmare—being stranded in a foreign country, and possibly needing urgent medical attention.
But, it’s even worse than that, because the two men have a sneaking suspicion that Derek is slowly turning into a vampire. You can’t go to a hospital with that complaint! No one would believe you for one. But then, what if you’re right? The government would never let you go. Or, they’d kill you. The issues these characters are struggling with feel like very real considerations, given the supernatural theme. I also really liked how these filmmakers capture their characters’ uncertainty. They have no idea what’s happening to Derek, and they’re putting together the puzzle pieces at the same pace as the audience. There’s no exposition, no real narration, and the movie relies on the viewers to catch all the clues. There’s also a fair amount of dark humor to be found, even though this film is billing itself as straight horror. I always like that.
I was very impressed by this film. And, even with as much information about the story as I’ve already given you, I promise there are still surprises. But mostly, I think you’ll be blown away by how much these guys were able to accomplish on such a small budget. So, I recommend this movie to you guys wholeheartedly.