PROBLEMS: Okay so the movie was great but way too nasty and violent (and I saw the U.S. Edit!) here are some examples. The rape scene (which leads to the raped girl being murdered by her people and hung from a stick, from her anus to her mouth), the birth scene (baby is born then buried alive in thick sludge and left to suffocate.. then the mother is killed), the castration scene (self explanatory) BUT!!!: While all these scenes were hard to watch (just a little hard to watch, not as graphic as you would think.. or maybe thats because I saw the US Edit).. while these scenes are graphic, they are amazingly well shot, and in a morbid and odd way, beautiful. I'm NOT crazy, and I hate violence, I simply am saying for a film done in 1980 the effects are BEYOND the effects of many of today's films, hands down.
As far as the animal killing scenes ( done with real animals, I do NOT approve =,( ) but as far as they go, they are cut from the US Edit, so watch that version to be safe.. Although in the US version, it is not shown, like the sea turtle is not shown being killed, but is shown being eaten.. and the pig is not shown being killed OR eaten, so yeah..
IF you watch this movie PLEASE remember it is just a film. Just a movie. This is the first movie ever where I can accept and appreciate the directors vision and see the art side of it. SO remember its JUST a movie, and TRY to APPRECIATE it not for violence, killings, castration, mutilations, or anything of that sort, but try to appreciate the moral question, and art-drenched shots in this film Thank you for reading my review
And by the way before I sign off and post this review, also check these movies out, which I highly recommend: Evidence, Rec, Grave Encounters, The Tunnel, Laid to Rest, and Insidious
I loved the cameraman, he was a crazy dude and was actually believable, and the ENDING... Oh man, the ending is AWESOME! I am sure the ending is almost everybody's favorite part in the film, however I worry that the near 1 and a half hours of in-activity leading up to the ending, may have people tuning out before the best part begins..
As I said, the ending is AMAZING, the acting is "meh...", the kid in the movie is ANNOYING, and overall the film is worth a one time viewing for the amazingly awesome ending.. just remember when your halfway through it... its ALL about the ending! Enjoy
Now I wont lie.. This movie is a take it or leave it experience, it is a graphic (visually and psychologically), brutal, creepy, hellish, half German film.. And in all honesty I almost did not like it, but I found myself hours after the viewing completely fixated on the movie.. Why did that happen, why did they do that... HOW COULD they do that... Only a film of excellent caliber can stick with you for a long while after finishing it... Overall I recommend.. Watch with subtitles, in a dark room (It sort of makes it scarier) FINALLY; Here are my first impressions on the characters all of whom were played to perfection by amazingly gifted young actors and actresses: Tour Guide: Seems like a pretty smart dude who knows his way around Daniel: Seems like a calm guy... Daniel's Girlfriend: Nurse, very attractive French Woman: VERY attractive, a little bit of a ditz Oriental Woman: Not attractive. (LOL)
CON's: The ending could have been done 1,000,000,000 times better.. In all honesty it was way too over the top, and made absolutely ZERO sense as to why the crew would take everything but one camera and pack every other camera and all other equipment... (that was your spoiler, and it really isn't one anyway).. Plus some of the explanations that the "parapsychologists" had for the phenomena made no sense at all.. But watch it for yourself and you will see...
Over all: I was entertained, and actually jumped one or two times.. Its good for a one time play through or a rental at your local BlockBuster or RedBox.. but save your money for a DVD that can and will satisfy you more than this film...
If your interested I recommend these Found Footage Horror films as they are vastly superior: (REC.), Grave Encounters, The Tunnel, Cloverfield, The Children, Home Movies, and also (slightly hard to find but well well well worth the effort) Evidence (I got my copy from England... so try Amazon, but I got mine on EBAY)
FINALLY: One last thing I should mention is that this movie does tdo a very good job at making you hate the characters, then like them, then hate them again.. so its well worth one watch.
Overall, if you like these Found Footage horror movies, as much as I love them, then absolutely watch it.. but know there are MUCH better ones out there, such as: The Children, Evidence, Grave Encounters, REC. etc.. but then again there are much WORSE ones out there, such as: The Gacey House, August Underground trilogy (boring boring gore, literally no dialog besides cursing..) I recommend a one time watch for true found footage aficionados.