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Bristling with equipment, two enthusiastic local access cable TV producers recruit an assistant and venture into a forest in search of the mythical and horrifying Jersey Devil. Days later, ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Beard ...
David Leigh, The Filmmaker
Jim Seward ...
Stefan Avalos ...
Steven Avkast - 'Fact or Fiction' Host
Lance Weiler ...
Locus Wheeler - 'Fact or Fiction' Host
Rein Clabbers ...
Rein Clackin, Paranormal Sound Man
Michele Pulaski ...
Michelle Monarch - Data Retrieval Expert
Tom Brunt ...
Tom Branski - Technical Director of 'Fact or Fiction'
Mark Rublee ...
Clair Deforest - Editor for the Prosecution
A.D. Roso ...
Anthony Rosi - Lead Investigator of Murders
Dale Worstall ...
Dr. Dale Orstall, Jim's Child Psychologist
Vann K. Weller ...
Dr. Vann Waller - Forensic Pathologist
Sam Wells ...
Sam Woods - Television Soap Director
Jay MacDonald ...
Jay McDowell, Web Designer
Faith Weiler ...
Joyce Dryer, Jim's Landlady
Marianne Connor ...
Mary Brenner, TV Reporter
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Bristling with equipment, two enthusiastic local access cable TV producers recruit an assistant and venture into a forest in search of the mythical and horrifying Jersey Devil. Days later, only one of the trio emerges. He becomes the prime suspect in the disappearances of the other two. However, a local filmmaker examines extensive footage found at the scene and arrives at a different conclusion. Written by Carl J. Youngdahl <zomno@casbah.acns.nwu.edu>

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The premiere screening was released digitally to cinemas across the U.S. via satellite and shown using Texas Instruments' DLP digital cinema projectors. See more »

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David Leigh, The Filmmaker: At 10 PM, in what will be the last broadcast, Fact or Fiction goes live.
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Loses it's way towards the end
27 July 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

In 1995 a group of presenters for the cable TV show `fact or fiction' travelled into the woods to search for the Jersey Devil. When they are killed, one of the group, Jim Suerd, is convicted for the murder. Years later a documentary maker receives video tape not included in the trial and sets out to find what really happened.

I don't care which film was made first and I don't care if `last broadcast' and `Blair witch' are similar or not. All I care about is if the film itself is any good. The set up is good – a documentary that is put together in the style of many documentaries you might see on channel 5 etc and it is easy to get taken away by it (if not taken in!). it feels like it's building to something and it's reasonably compelling. However this drive loses it's way as the film tries to make comments about the subjectivity of the media and it detracts from what happened on that night.

This is a shame because the documentary style was well put together and believable. But the twist is silly (I think) and the final half hour could have been scary instead of trying to be a comment on the media. The acting is good if basic – it is just like they're playing themselves – but all the documentary contributors are totally believable.

Overall it held my attention and is well made considering the budget. The idea is clever but I was let down by the lack of thrills or scares and the fact that the final 30 minutes is just one big let down as the focus is lost.


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