While at the time of this submission there is only one other review, I find it sadly surprising that about 16 people have rated this film and given it a 9 out of 10. Think about that people. Some of the greatest films of all time do not get 9 out of 10 on IMDb and this sophomoric, straight to Chiller Channel got this rating! Must be the cast, crew and their families and friends!
I am a huge fan and supporter of Independent film but honesty is honesty and quality is quality and this effort has neither.
I tuned in because of the premise: an evil spirit takes the form of it's prey. That sounded pretty intriguing. How does one defeat that? I found the story to be one of the weakest I have seen in recent wasted evenings with low budget, cheesy, Chiller offerings. This plot line, and surprise ending (which I will not give away and let you feel as robbed and let down as I was,) has been done much better and with different results by thousands of others!
The premise, a depressed, suicidal young man goes camping with his sister and other friends. He finds a statue in the forest and things go down hill from there - for everyone, but especially the viewer!
When you start with a story that seems a patchwork of disconnected pieces poorly stitched together, it takes great, or at least good, actors to pull the venture off. Here we have neither. The strongest effort is turned in by the male lead, James DeBello. He will probably make another film, and I would give it a chance. Not so with the others, especially the female lead, Francesca Cecil. You know the phrase "don't quit your day job"? Well, I hope she has a day job!
Ms Cecil is not only unbelievable, vapid and shallow in her attempt - her voice is annoying and irritating.
While there were many weaknesses in directing and cinematography, even the wardrobe had laughable elements. In the early camping scenes, Ms Cecil's wardrobe looked like she was running to the mall to pick up some more fake eyelashes and mascara.
As the first reviewer noted, why is there a statue in the forest? The reason for this or any other resulting events is never addressed to any seemingly logical conclusion. In fact, the actual "twist" that is the film's conclusion is such a hokey "let's just end this madness" that "unsatisfied" is the kindest description of how one might feel.
There was nothing "nice" about this effort and while I support Independent film makers, I would not encourage this type of shoddy work. If I could find something nice to say about this work, I would be happy to. I gave it 2 stars because it was an Indie effort! Pretty weak praise for a show that barely deserves 2 stars. Save yourself the time and watch something else or, read a book!
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