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The Last Broadcast (1998)

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A film crew ventures into the forest in search of the mythical 'Jersey Devil'.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Beard David Beard ... David Leigh, The Filmmaker
Jim Seward Jim Seward ... Jim Suerd - The Accused
Stefan Avalos ... Steven Avkast - 'Fact or Fiction' Host
Lance Weiler ... Locus Wheeler - 'Fact or Fiction' Host
Rein Clabbers Rein Clabbers ... Rein Clackin, Paranormal Sound Man
Michele Pulaski Michele Pulaski ... Michelle Monarch - Data Retrieval Expert
Tom Brunt Tom Brunt ... Tom Branski - Technical Director of 'Fact or Fiction'
Mark Rublee Mark Rublee ... Clair Deforest - Editor for the Prosecution
A.D. Roso A.D. Roso ... Anthony Rosi - Lead Investigator of Murders
Dale Worstall Dale Worstall ... Dr. Dale Orstall, Jim's Child Psychologist
Vann K. Weller Vann K. Weller ... Dr. Vann Waller - Forensic Pathologist
Sam Wells Sam Wells ... Sam Woods - Television Soap Director
Jay MacDonald Jay MacDonald ... Jay McDowell, Web Designer
Faith Weiler Faith Weiler ... Joyce Dryer, Jim's Landlady
Marianne Connor Marianne Connor ... Mary Brenner, TV Reporter
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Storyline

Bristling with equipment, two enthusiastic local access cable TV producers recruit an assistant and venture into a forest in search of the mythical and horrifying Jersey Devil. Days later, only one of the trio emerges. He becomes the prime suspect in the disappearances of the other two. However, a local filmmaker examines extensive footage found at the scene and arrives at a different conclusion. Written by Carl J. Youngdahl <zomno@casbah.acns.nwu.edu>

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Horror | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jersey Devil Project See more »

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Budget:

$900 (estimated)
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FFM Productions See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Dubbed the first "desktop feature film", it was the first film to be filmed, edited, and screened entirely digitally. No film was involved. See more »

Goofs

The "Jersey Devil" investigation is started when someone comes on the internet to the TV show and says" Why don't you do a show on the "Jersey Devil"?. When this is referred to later, and shown on screen (twice), the caller says "Why don't you do a show on the pine barrens?". See more »

Quotes

David Leigh, The Filmmaker: At 10 PM, in what will be the last broadcast, Fact or Fiction goes live.
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Crazy Credits

The story and characters depicted in this movie are entirely fictitious. But please don't tell anyone. See more »

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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #27.32 (2010) See more »

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Written by A.D. Roso
Performed by A.D. Roso, Stefan Avalos
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A great take on televised mystery 'documentaries' with a terrible ending.
15 December 2013 | by AceTheMovieCriticSee all my reviews

Let me start off by saying that if you went into this thinking it would be a Blair Witch project prequel, you are wrong. The concept is that this film is a documentary, although this would be a TV-grade 'mid afternoon' documentary, based around the murders of 3 crew members on a program called "Fact or Fiction" in the New Jersey pine barrens. It's meant to look like one of those cheap afternoon shows with guys 'hunting' for the lochness monster, or big foot, or even the Jersey Devil. One of those paranormal docs, or a murder investigation program they'd have on A&E or a channel like that. Something you'd find in the middle of the afternoon, when nothing else was on, and get kinda creeped out watching it. That was this films goal, and they captured that cheap quality PERFECTLY! Everything about this aspect works, and it works splendidly. And it's played totally straight. The people interviewed feel authentic, and the eerie monotonous narration works, cause this is what the guys narrating the tea-time documentaries would be doing. Go watch any of those 'true crime' type programs, and you will find this same style of narration.

It's this stab at the familiar that gives the film it's tone. First it presents it's alleged murderer, Jim Suerd, who is a strange and anti-social young man, who was the only survivor of the killings which ended the lives of the crew working on the fore-mentioned program. He's presented in a good, and creepy fashion. His mannerisms are awkward, and he claims to be a psychic, although we are also told that he is an amateur magician, and skilled in trickery. If the documentary was solely about him it would still feel creepy and interesting. BUT(!) When it begins to sway towards the supernatural, and the mystery of who the killer is begins to widen, tensions really begin to raise.

This film is brilliant on atmosphere, it really is. The tensions seem to constantly be rising, and everything seems to be building towards something...which makes it all the more aggravating that it had to have such a terrible ending. I won't spoil it for you, but I can just say that it totally butchers the mood set by the film, and is actually very jarring; as if it wasn't even part of the original project and just tacked on at the end.

For me, this film would have been near perfect, had it ended differently. It could have gone any direction with the several mysteries it established, as long as it kept with the tone and I'd have been fine. But instead they opted for this terrible completely off tone piece of--well like I said I won't spoil it. I'd say give it a watch, but the wasted potential makes for a bitter viewing. It actually made me mad that I liked the film leading up to the end, because it butchers it that immensely.

~6 out of 10~ For it's great capturing of a sub-genre, but loses a lot of points because of that ending. That F*****g ending..


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