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The DVD (2019)

An interactive horror experience in which viewers explore the contents of a DVD and unravel a harrowing story along the way.

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Cody Clarke

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Cody Clarke
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Cast

Credited cast:
Paris Andersen Paris Andersen ... Georgia Byrd
Chloe Castiglioni ... Gwen Gilbert
Cody Clarke Cody Clarke ... Person #1
Alex Dispoto Alex Dispoto ... William Alexander Genovet
Bhavesh Joshi Bhavesh Joshi ... Sai
Callie Jean Lewis ... Myia
Chloe Pelletier Chloe Pelletier ... Cara McInnes / Person #2
Becca Steinhoff Becca Steinhoff ... Rachel Elstein
Sarah Teed ... Jackie Morony
Jared Weil ... Jared While
Julianne Wentz ... Courtney Tane
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An interactive horror experience in which viewers explore the contents of a DVD and unravel a harrowing story along the way.

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What happened to Courtney Tane?

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Drama | Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 2019 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$50 (estimated)
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Kill The Lion Films See more »
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Runtime:

(DVD) | (streaming)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Cody Clarke, the director of the film, describes it as a 'found object' horror film, as opposed to a 'found footage' horror film, due to the fact that viewers must explore the contents of an actual physical object (a DVD) themselves. See more »

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NOT HORROR, a Bizarre micro budget Meta Film.
8 May 2019 | by lyrafowlpotterSee all my reviews

I'm not a fake review, you can see I've reviewed a lot of movies and I frequently review very low budget films. As the title says, it is a surprisingly very Meta film. Is it great? No, but it is interesting and hasn't left my mind after 3 days. I think this film is going to suffer for a few reasons, first of all it is made to look really bad on purpose. Second it was hard to get through the first 15 minutes, because the film on the titular DVD was so bad, but all of the fake extra features are very entertaining and tell us a story of Their Own. The third reason is it is NOT a horror film, there is absolutely no Horror in this movie, until maybe the end, even then, not really.

It is a weird, almost found-footage style sort of drama/documentary. But I don't think that properly categorizes it either it's just weird. It's never really boring, I would say it generally falls into the so bad it's (mostly)good category, and that seems to be by design. It is definitely a parody of sorts it is lampooning the film industry, and definitely lampooning those trying to break into the industry and just those who are full of themselves and don't care about other people's feelings. The two filmmakers portrayed in this film are very disrespectful towards women and people in general. And while it doesn't come out right away as a film progresses it becomes more and more apparent.

There is a sort of twist at the end but it is very slight, I almost didn't catch it and if you make it through to the end I'll be impressed, not because it is bad. ut because of the low budget. I enjoy extremely low budget films and this falls into that category, where as if a typical movie goer stumbles into this, they are probably going to be really put off. I don't think they're going to like it at all, but I felt it was a very creative movie and a pretty decent satire, it's just not going to be for most people. There is definitely more going on under the surface then it seems at first glance, and unless you make it to the end, it is unfair to rate this because by the time I made it to the end the perception of this film and what it was took a full 180 turn, and then sum. I didn't even catch some of the stuff going on until I turn the movie off. Again I would not classify this as horror, I would classify it as a very strange sort of drama/thriller/found footage/mystery and with virtually no budget, of those who are trying to break into the industry. The subtle satire of this movie will likely be missed because of the poor production values. Especially in the first 15minutes I wanted to shut it off due to the shaky camera, but you will later realize that is actually part of the story, believe it or not. One again, although this film is heavily flawed, and it is a an interesting piece of Meta film making, and is interesting and hasn't left my mind after 3 days.

Overall for a micro-budget film, I thought it was worth watching and it's more than it initially appears to be when you first watch it. But again a lot of people aren't going to like it and they're not going to catch the subversive and satirical nature of this film. And I don't say that to be hoity-toity, I say that because a lot of times when people watch movies that are looking for a direct thanks especially if they think it's a horror film. And so when they end up going into movie that clearly isn't horror and any conventional sense of the word and it's just a strange movie that is very poorly shot intentionally, they're going to hate it most likely. But again if you can sit through the first 15 minutes I think you'll find it to be quite interesting if you enjoy micro-budget films.

~Amy


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