388 Arletta Avenue
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On the surface, James Deakin (Nick Stahl SIN CITY, TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES) lives a quiet, routine, comfortable life with his wife Amy (Mia Kirshner The Vampire Diaries) in their suburban home. Under the subtle manipulation of a faceless voyeur, however, cracks in their relationship begin to emerge. When Amy suddenly disappears, James is left to wonder if she's been abducted or simply abandoned him, but their tormentor doesn't stop there. As the manipulations become more twisted and violent, James desperately tries to identify just who's doing this to him and why, but his adversary always seems to be one step ahead.
Shot from the point of view of hidden cameras concealed by the voyeur around the Deakins' house, filmmaker Randall Cole injects new life into the found-footage horror genre by grounding it in the every day.
A taut, often ingenious thriller --Variety
Harrowing --Dread Central
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[NOTE: for the record, ARLETTA is one of those films that has an ending that makes it difficult to discuss the plot/premise without some modest spoilers. I've done the best I can with the material, but be warned: there will be minor spoilers contained below.]
James Deakin (played by Nick Stahl) eeks out an existence as an advertising executive. He's married to a lovely woman, Amy (Mia Kirshner), and, while they're not living the `dream life,' they certainly appear happy on the surface. Hidden cameras begin to show the "cracks in their relationship," and, before the viewing audience knows what's happened, Amy's gone, possibly abandoning her husband or perhaps abducted by the curious stranger videotaping their lives. Left on his own, James struggles to uncover what happened to his young wife, all the while growing more desperate in a race against time to put things right.
As a `found footage' film, Mr. Cole goes to great lengths to produce a coherent narrative, and, so far as the story presented here is concerned, he does a better-than-middling job.Read more ›
While the idea of unwanted attention can be unsettling, I never thought this movie went anywhere original or intriguing. When Kirshner disappears, Stahl is left to wonder if something nefarious has happened or if it is just the product of their increasing discord. The paranoia that might have fueled the story doesn't have much impact, though, because the obvious stalking makes one conclusion the most likely. As the unpleasant games intensify, Stahl is pushed precipitously close to a breaking point. Although seen only from a distance, I did appreciate the intensity of Stahl's performance. The movie might have been truly electrifying had we known or cared anything about the protagonists (or the villain for that matter). Again, though, we don't.Read more ›
The story and the concept are creepy. Unknowingly being watched and recorded is a creepy concept; there's a chilling scene where the stalker records James as he sleeps, which can send many ideas through your mind. (Have I ever been recorded as I slept?) Unfortunately, this film doesn't have many of these chilling scenes. It actually has a very slow pace, especially in the first half; there isn't enough dialogue or genuine suspense to really immerse you into the film. It's not really thrilling, or scary. The acting was great, it basically got the job done. It somewhat uniquely uses the found-footage style, which is another plus. Although a bit predictable, the ending was great.
Overall, the movie is decent and has a creepy concept; it doesn't really engage or immerse the audience and probably would've been more effective as a short film, though. As of 11/3/12, this film is available on Amazon Prime Instant Video, I recommend streaming or renting before purchasing.
388 Arletta Avenue has blood and violence, has no sex or nudity
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This found footage film, is worth giving a try. Parts of it was creepy and other parts of it was slow. Its worth watching at least once.Published 5 months ago by T.White
Omg what a creepy movie...the acting could have used a little work but what a sick way for someone to tear another person's life apart.Published 7 months ago by Ariana
I thought I rated this movie, so this must be the preview Amazon Prime lets you see at no cost. What can I say expect that it's no better or worse than any movie preview...Published 8 months ago by kei.
Really enjoyed this one - great found footage movie. Defintely worth a rental.
More detailed review to follow... once I can tally up all the plotholes.
In "388 Arletta Avenue", a man named James begins to notice strange things happening in his life despite his wife's insistence that everything is normal. Read morePublished 10 months ago by HorrorMan
Awful, awful movie. Please don't waste your time with this, there are literally no redeemable qualities about this film. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Ben
Excellent. Original plot but very disturbing. Not for the faint of heart but if you like psychological thrillers this is for you. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Benjamin Gulli