12 out of 13 people found the following review useful:
Headache-inducing mess that goes nowhere
nekojiru67 from Saitama, Japan
20 August 2010
After a lengthy and confusing opening with some scientists being
menaced by strange sounds in the woods, we're introduced to our main
characters. Friends, they've been hired to protect a second pair of
scientists returning to the woods to search for the missing first
group. The group discover that something in a cave in the woods doesn't
want them to leave and is erasing their memories.
Stragglers is an indie, shot-on-video horror film. Production values
are low, acting is amateurish (though rarely cringe-inducing) and there
are the usual problems with sound: voices being too low to hear, or so
loud they overwhelm the mics.
This movie was VERY PAINFUL to watch (literally headache inducing!),
because the director/editor chose to insert loud shots of static and
television snow every few seconds throughout all flashback scenes. And
well over half the film is told in flashback. Imagine watching a movie
where every few seconds you lose the picture and a loud burst of static
comes from the speakers. Because that's exactly what watching
Stragglers is like. Ugh.
I sat through it because I'm an idiot. Don't make the same mistake.
Even without the constant static, the movie is mostly storyless and
boring. I was hoping for some sort of payoff or worthwhile explanation
for what was happening, but the one given is lame and completely
unworthy of your time.
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