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The Dark Tapes (2016)

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A genre-defying mixture of horror, sci-fi, myth, mystery and thrills told as four interlocking tales in one intelligent anthology. Ghosts, spirits, creatures, demons and more from the paranormal world collide with rational curiosity.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sam (segment "Wrap Around")
... Marie (segment "Wrap Around")
... Nicole (segment "To Catch a Demon")
... Martin (segment "To Catch a Demon")
... Jason (segment "To Catch a Demon")
Ryan Allan Young ... Demon (segment "To Catch a Demon")
... Karen (segment "The Hunter & the Hunted")
... David (segment "The Hunter & the Hunted")
... Susan (segment "The Hunter & the Hunted")
Clint Keepin ... Cameron (segment "The Hunter & the Hunted")
... Geoff (segment "The Hunter & the Hunted")
Brittany Fisheli ... Ashen (segment "The Hunter & the Hunted")
... Caitlin (segment "Cam Girls") (as Emilia Ares Zoryan)
... Eric (segment "Cam Girls")
... Sindy (segment "Cam Girls")
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A genre-defying mixture of horror, sci-fi, myth, mystery and thrills told as four interlocking tales in one intelligent anthology. Ghosts, spirits, creatures, demons and more from the paranormal world collide with rational curiosity.

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Well Worth the Wait
21 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

I first found out about the Dark Tapes through a suggested ad on Facebook, and have been following the anticipated release of this title now for a few years. I finally had the opportunity to sit down and watch it, excited for the key-moments in the initial trailer that had piqued my interest.

As a fan of Lovecraftian fiction, I found that this film in particular played on the same themes and ideas that generally play out in any of H.P. Lovecraft's stories: paranormal or unexplained phenomena that is built upon a foundation of almost-scientific transmogrify. In a way, I am reminded of Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal--" albeit, satire-- where an idea or story so profoundly horrific is presented but utilizes empirical factors to present the case, and tie the whole story together.

I'm not typically a fan of the "found-footage" genre of movies, wherein the usual tropes of "jump scares" are overdone time and time again, and the Dark Tapes avoids these played out clichés and focuses solely on the stories which it presents. It attempts to distance itself from other similar titles within the same genre, I feel, and it cements itself as something entirely unique.

Whereas I can understand that this film might not be for everybody-- especially those who have a keen eye for production elements-- if you are someone who enjoys stories and imagery that works to get inside of your head and leaves you asking questions than this movie is definitely for you.

I long anticipated this title, and I was not disappointed; I only hope that there will be more like this in the future.


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