The Last Broadcast
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The Last Broadcast would probably have slipped into obscurity were it not widely considered the film that inspired The Blair Witch Project. Like the erroneous comparisons that remain between The Sixth Sense and The Others, the two films share surface similarities, but the mechanisms that drive each are different. Unfortunately, like The Others (one of the best films of 2001), The Last Broadcast universally suffers in comparison on the surface level, but has much more working beneath the surface. Once again, my hypothesis that subtlety is wasted on the masses rears its ugly head.
The Last Broadcast is a documentary being put together by David Leigh (David Beard, last seen in Strange Brew, who also narrated Avalos and Weiler's "The True Legend of the Jersey Devil") about the 1996 Jersey Devil Murders, in which two hosts of a bad local cable show, Steven Avkast and Locus Wheeler (played by Avalos and Weiler), hire two South Jersey locals, soundman Rein Clackin (Rein Clabbers) and guide/psychic Jim Suerd (Jim Seward; you can see where they went with the names, yes?) to take them into the Jersey Pine Barrens in search of the legendary Jersey Devil. Suerd emerges from the Pine Barrens a few days later alone; Wheeler and Clackin's bodies are soon recovered, while Avkast's remains are only large sprays of blood on the snow. Filmaker Leigh is convinced of Suerd's innocence, and sets out making The Last Broadcast to prove this.
Okay, you see the parallels with the Blair Witch Project. A fictional tale (though the legend of the Jersey Devil really does exist, unlike that of the Blair Witch) being presented in a mockumentary, with lots of supposedly live candid footage.Read more ›
Anyway, The Last Broadcast. Excellent, incredibly innovative movie, though I'm admittedly biased; being a New Jersey native who grew up with legends of the Jersey Devil, there was pretty much no way I wasn't going to like this. Still, really good acting, as evidenced by how many people buy this as a real documentary when they miss the first few minutes. As to the ending, I'm one of those who thought it was great, completely blowing your mind the way good Twilight Zone episodes always did... sure, it fooled everybody, but that's what it was SUPPOSED to do; did these people get mad at the end of The Sixth Sense too? Regardless, can't say enough good things about the film. I've only got the VHS version, but I'd love to get the DVD to see the trailer and hear the commentary.
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Very cleverly written movie that may have been the motivation for Blair Witch Project. I borrowed this once from my local library. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Theodopolis Maximus
Can't believe I have to give even one star for this movie. Its HORRIBLE. Can't believe I wasted money on this movie. Read morePublished 15 months ago by C. LITTLE
The ending is the real reason most people didnt enjoy this film. Im with them on that but to me what makes this film eerie and creepy are the photos of the killings and the severed... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jonathan C.
I loved this found footage movie !! A reporter trys to get to the bottom of why a film crew vanished looking for The Jersy Devil".a urbun legend creature. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Tim
Recently rewatched this and had to laugh at the dumber moments, but it's pretty great. This was one of the ones that got me started on found footage/shaky-cam horror, which I still... Read morePublished on August 15, 2013 by FekketCantenel
Oh man, this is old school. I remember hearing about this and looking and looking for it amidst all the "it beat BLAIR WITCH to the punch" in terms of found footage premise. Read morePublished on July 9, 2013 by Lavinia
docu-drama was so scary had nightmares for weeks, slept in fear and never left the house. had to find help in the comfort of strangers. best film since my little pony.Published on July 31, 2011 by lance ramrod
I used to love the old documentaries in the 70's, "In Search of", Sasquatch, Bermuda Triangle etc. As a kid, this fare was especially scary because at that impressionable age it... Read morePublished on September 18, 2007 by Unregistered User Name