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Project X (2012)
A real surprise!
I went into this movie not expecting much, if anything. I hadn't heard too much about it, only that it was a found-footage movie about a party. Well, that's pretty much all there is to tell. The movie charts the events of three teenagers as they throw a party that slowly goes downhill.
Most party-gone-wrong movies I have seen have always had a dark undertone, such as animals being killed or a sad death, but this movie lacks this. To it's strength, it keeps the flow, humor always happening. And although the ending isn't exactly happy, it still leaves you with a feel-good vibe.
Although this movie is nudity and profanity galore, it's a must-watch providing you're over the age limit. A huge surprise, a brilliant movie!
Now, before I start this review, I would like to add that you should ignore whoever has made this movie. Yes, the Saw franchise guys are behind this and don't get me wrong, I had my suspicions, but trust me, there is no gore what so ever in this film.
Now that is cleared up, lets move onto the story. It starts with a family of two parents with two young boys and a baby girl. They move into this house that isn't your standard haunted house, it actually looked quite nice! While the family is getting used to their new home, young Dalton, one of the sons, decides to have a look in the attic after the door opens "on its own". He tries to turn on a light, but falls in the process, but is there something else in there. He starts to scream and mum and dad come to the rescue, but the next day he falls into a "coma" with no apparent cause. Soon strange things happen around the house that could well be affecting Dalton and the other children.
Now, I thought the writing in this film was brilliant! It delivered a great, scary horror with a great story, which is hard to come by these days, with most going all story no scare or all scare no story. The latter being most common. The characters are well developed, you start to care for them. The action starts straight away with a cheap but brilliant opening sequence! Even the "demons" are well made and are all extremely unique, from the "fire demon" to the "dancing boy". And what an ending!
The first half of the film is very suspenseful but does not make you want to look away from the screen, it makes you freeze, in fear of looking away and seeing fire face! The jump scares are not cheap at all and are delivered brilliantly.
Overall, this is a brilliant scare-fest for those who want a bit of story with their heart attack.