- Elf 2017
James D. Schumacher III, Tina Johnson, Nicole L. Osborne, Nicole Spate, Nick Soares (executive), Orlando J. Gomez (executive), Penny Park (executive), Pat Parrish (executive), Sherry Parrish (executive) for Movie Heroes Studios, Stellar Lense Productions, Schumacher III
directed by Matthew Sconce
starring Stefanie Estes, Jesse Parr, Deep Rai, Brittany Falardeau, Tim Parrish, Jessica Strand (as Ancilla deValmont), Dave Johnson, Catherine Wilcox, Michael Wainwright, Gregory Tharpe, Kia Vassiliades, Patrick Nalty, Nicole L. Osborne, Johnny Soto, Jacqueline Connors
written by Matthew Sconce, music by the Red Coats, special effects makeup by Tina Johnson
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Ever since the death of his parents, Bo (Jesse Parr) has grown slightly
odd and anit-social, almost autistic in a way, and the only outlet for
this he has found in his video camera - which is why his sister Maisy
(Stefanie Estes) convinces him to go on a camping trip with her and her
friends (Deep Rai, Chelsea Rich, Tim Parrish, Ancilla deValmont), telling
him he should make a documentary of it, but it's really to get him out of
his shell a bit. Problem is, their car breaks down, they are warned to not
go any farther by a creepy local, Ripper (Michael Wainwright), then they
get completely lost, and find a nice camping spot for the night only
thanks to some friendly strangers (Dave Johnson, Catherine Wilcox). But
then they have the brilliant idea to go and explore the surroundings that
night, and they find a weird altar with skulls that cry blood embedded in
it - spooky enough to scare them shitless of course. The next day they
notice they have lost their car keys, their friendly neighbours are gone
and only a trail of blood hints where they might have gotten to, and when
they against better judgment decide to check the creepy altar again, they
are attacked by Ripper. They manage to shoot him dead for sure, but that
only puts them on a downward spiral of violence ...
Now I'm not
the biggest fan of found footage movies ... but this is a pretty good one,
especially since it does not relie too much on the format's overuse of
shaky camerawork to create suspense (and even when it does, it often hides
spooky elements in peripheral vision), instead uses more classic (but also
more effective) methods to do so. Plus a likeable cast playing relateable
characters really helps to care for the on-screen goings-on while nicely
placed shocks and gore keep one at the edge of one's seat.
In all, a
very solid shocker, actually.