While investigating the legend of a mysterious group of religious people living in the forest, a local news crew becomes trapped in the grasp of a doomsday cult, who are about to execute their final act of devotion and biblical punishment.
Jane Elizabeth Barry,
A psychological-thriller in the haunting tradition of films like Taxi Driver and Monster, The Grief Tourist takes us into the chilling labyrinth of a man's dark hobby and his even darker ... See full summary »
Pruitt Taylor Vince
The middle class Emmy receives a video camera at home and her husband Tom starts filming. They believe they won a prize from the mall. The college student Beth is alone and bored in the empty campus and also receives a camera. Out of the blue, they are instructed to film and not call the police; otherwise they will die. Meanwhile the unemployed Leonard that lives with his mother receives a clown outfit and make-up and instructions to receive ten thousand dollars. After moments of tension, their lives are tragically entwined. Who is the stranger behind the prank? Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Horrible disappointment from the director of The Strangers
This movie flew under the radar for two years as it sat on the shelf waiting to be released. It is weird to see this movie lying in wait with the director being Bryan Bertino who directed The Strangers which was a modest hit and produced by mega horror studio Blumhouse. After seeing this, I can understand why it was delayed. It is a movie with a promising premise, but it is dragged down by predictable scares, dumb characters, and a horrible ending.
Good: I will say some moments in the movie were genuinely creepy. There is some nice atmosphere thrown in here with a creepy clown theme running through the movie.
Bad: The movie is just a mess. All the elaborate mechanisms in this setup doesn't make any sense given the scope and how they incorporate the cameras leads to more implausible questions. Then there are the characters that just do really stupid decisions because if they acted somewhat logically then this movie would have never existed. Then there's the ending reveal that completely ruins everything built up making the entire setup of the movie fall apart and it just lacks any impact.
Overall, it is a terrible found footage movie that takes what could have been a pretty cool movie with a solid story into a nonsensical jumble of trash.
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