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Camera Obscura (2017)

Not Rated | | Horror, Thriller | 9 June 2017 (USA)
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A veteran war photographer with PTSD sees imminent deaths in his developed photos, questioning his already fragile sanity and putting the lives of those he loves in danger.


Aaron B. Koontz



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Denham ... Jack Zeller
Nadja Bobyleva ... Claire Zeller
Catherine Curtin ... Det. Dawson
Chase Williamson ... Det. Ford
Noah Segan ... Walt
Andrew Sensenig ... Charlie Hibbert
Gretchen Lodge ... Shannon
Jeremy King ... Tad Buckley
Dane Rhodes ... Camera Store Manager
David Jensen ... Bernard
Charlie Talbert ... Frank
Carol Sutton ... Dr. Vogel
Lance E. Nichols ... Lt. Vincent
Hawn Tran ... Camera Store Employee
Cassandra Hierholzer Cassandra Hierholzer ... Penny (Sex Worker)


A veteran war photographer with PTSD sees imminent deaths in his developed photos, questioning his already fragile sanity and putting the lives of those he loves in danger.

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Take a Picture. Take a Life


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Release Date:

9 June 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Imagens do Mal See more »

Filming Locations:

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

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2.35 : 1
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Mixed feelings
21 June 2017 | by airsnobSee all my reviews

So this was rated pretty high on Amazon and on IMDb. A 6.7 isn't too shabby . So I rented it. With my bank account down pretty low, $5.99 I want to be well spent, I am meticulous reviewer of movies , because there is nothing worse than spending money on a crap film . First of all, it isn't terrible. IMDb is really bipolar when it comes to ratings. People hand out horrible ratings for films when they don't like them, unfortunately they're just not realistic. I think anything between a 1-5 should be considered B movie , bad production values , horrible acting , the works. This movie is not that. It's not B movie quality. The acting is good. The script isn't bad, except I do have my complaints. The script was crazy confusing in spots. The entire serial killer thing - I mean I figured that the camera must have belonged to the guy ( Im not a total idiot) what I can't figure is when that was ever introduced in the movie. I thought that I must have missed the auction scene where they said the camera belonged to the serial killer and they were auctioning off his stuff . . Because out of nowhere comes in this connection to the serial killer and the camera. Yet then there was the camera being from before WW2, ( yet the camera can date pictures ) and that didn't seem to go anywhere either. There was just some inconsistencies in the script. For someone not that bright , this might've seemed like a confusing mess. ( don't ever watch movies with someone not that bright ) the other thing is , the whole PTSD thing with the main protagonist... the movie took forever to get started or for anything mildly interesting to happen. They used this time for character development except this was extremely obtuse and almost purposely hidden , like we don't really find out exactly what this guys problem is till he is talking with his buddy at the bar. Which was well into the movie , and then we are supposed to believe that a photographer has PTSD ( a severe case) like as bad or worse than a combat vet. The movie started off not seeming very realistic to begin with. The characters were hard to believe ( I've never met any guys who speak like these guys also) but if you stick with it, it gets more interesting ... This isn't a horror movie ... this is a good first independent movie I would say in the thriller genre. This movie shows potential , and talent . I would applaud this film if I knew it was a first project for writer / director . I think that this movie reminds me of some other firsts - like for example Absentia, This movie has better production values , but on the same page is that film with interesting script and good acting , just not that great of a film. But good for independent standards and budget limitations. I look forward to the future with this director and writer. It's not a bad movie and I think some people will enjoy it more and some less. I thought it ended much better than it started and the later connections were cool. Overall I give it a 6, although it could easily be a 7, I just didn't get that into it , it didn't pull me in ..

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