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The Last Broadcast (1998)

David Beard , Lance Weiler , Lance Weiler , Stefan Avalos  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Beard, Lance Weiler, Stefan Avalos, Jim Seward, Rein Clabbers
  • Directors: Lance Weiler, Stefan Avalos
  • Writers: Lance Weiler, Stefan Avalos
  • Producers: Lance Weiler, Stefan Avalos
  • Format: Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Heretic Films
  • DVD Release Date: September 26, 2006
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,809 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Last Broadcast" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Remastered Picture and Sound
  • Two audio commentary tracks with co-creators Stefan Avalos and Lance Weiler
  • Behind the scenes docs on Production, Post-Production and Distribution
  • Exclusive Interviews
  • "Fact or Fiction!" rare clips from the infamous public access cable show.
  • Jim Seward - Alive and Well (2 folk songs)
  • "Gallery of Gore"- Pine Barrens murder crime scene & autopsy images, LAST BROADCAST poster and box art from around the world!
  • 12-pg. booklet including color mini-comic “Jersey Devil” by Stephen R. Bissette (co-creator of CONSTANTINE) and the Center for Cartoon Studies; Jersey Devil sightings map; bios; liner notes; more!

Editorial Reviews

On December 15th 1995 a four-man team from the cable-access program Fact or Fiction braved the desolate New Jersey Pine Barrens determined to deliver a live broadcast of the legendary monster The Jersey Devil. Only one came out alive.It took the jury 90 minutes to sentence the lone survivor to life in prison.One year later filmmaker David Leigh decided to mount his own investigation. Convinced that the man convicted of these terrible crimes was innocent Leigh proposes the murders were committed by someone -- or something -- else. Could the Jersey Devil still haunt the barrens? DVD packed with special features including: 2 Commentary tracks with Co-Directors Stefan Avalos and Lance Weiler English and Spanish subtitles Behind the Scenes Documentaries on Production Post Production and Distribution Exclusive Interviews FACT OR FICTION Rare Clips from the Infamous Public Access Show Jim Seward Alive and Well performing 2 folks songs Gallery of Gore (Pine Barrens Murder Crime Scene and Autopsy Images Last Broadcast poster and box art from around the world Trailers for HEAD TRAUMA and GHOSTS OF EDENDALE. - DVD includes cover painting and 12 page collectible comic book by famous comic book artist Stephen R. Bissette (co creator of CONSTANTINE illustrator of SWAMP THING)System Requirements:Run Time: 86 minutesFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: HORROR Rating: NR UPC: 858964001119 Manufacturer No: 13

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good ideas, mediocre execution August 7, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
What a peculiar film. There are a lot of good ideas here, both in the story and the execution, but the final product seems awkward. For one thing, there are long periods where you can almost see the filmmakers struggling mightily to stretch the story to approximately "feature length" - just shy of 90 minutes. I'm sure they sought to build suspense with their slow pacing, but they ended up retreading the same ground too many times. This is a horror movie which presents itself as a documentary. Alas, even if it were true, it would be a rather badly organized documentary. I hate to be hypercritical, (because I've dabbled with some video editing myself) but I think that the film would be greatly improved if it were trimmed to a 20-30 minute "60 minutes" style news segment. With faster pacing and a more well-organized narrative, I believe this story could be quite chilling and compelling.
The film makes extensive use of "candid interviews" of characters involved with the deaths at the heart of the story. This becomes tiresome by the end; the narration smoothly introduces the characters and explains their involvement -- and then the characters haltingly introduce themselves and explain their involvement a second time. Toward the end, when suspense is supposed to be building, these nonchalant segments disrupt the mood. Furthermore, with few exceptions, most of the participants seem entirely too jolly, considering they are supposed to be discussing the murders of several people they knew well.
The ending is jarring, not only because it is horriffic and unexpected, but because it breaks the documentary format and ventures briefly into the more traditional '3rd person omniscient' perspective.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Companion Video To The Blair Witch Project! September 12, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
The Last Broadcast is a welcome addition to the new "intellegent" trend in fright movies. Like the Blair Witch movie, it relies more on plot and suggestion than on blood and gore. But an accurate comparison between these two films must include the obsevation that it is more of a combination of the sci-fi special "Curse of the Blair Witch" and the actual Blair Witch movie itself. Indeed, after viewing The Last Brodcast, it is hard to believe that the Blair Witch team did not see this earlier version of (basically) the same type of subject matter. That is not to say that it is nessesarily bad to get your inspiration from another film, since both of these films take from other movies as well. Some that come to mind are "Night of the Living Dead", "The Exorcist" And "Evil Dead", movies that also incorporated relatively small budgets, unknown stars, and compared to other films in the genre, little gore. And so, I will give "The Last Broadcast" a thumbs up, and remind the viewer to remember the small amount of cash it was made for and the tremendous amount of effort and imagination that went into making it. It will take it's spot with my other favorite scary movies(right next to Blair Witch, hee hee). I look forward to more films made with such enthusiasm. One final warning: "The Last Broadcast" has slightly more blood and violence than the Blair Witch movie, which should please those of you who thought there was not enough in Blair Witch.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than most high budget movies August 26, 2000
By A Customer
What got me about this film and what really worked for me was that I went into it not knowing about it being a movie. I thought this was a true-blue documentary about murders I didn't know about. Furthermore, the 'actors' in the movie gave no sense to me that they were reading off of a script or knew before hand what they were about to say. In fact, the lack of standard acting techniques worked wonders, and gave this film a better sense of being real. After watching the whole movie, I went back and watched again to see what I had missed about this movie. Going through it again, I could see obvious signs I had missed before that this was fiction and not real (newspaper clippings for example). And, seeing how I was so easily lulled into believing this was real, I really truely found respect in what the creators were talking about how media perception affects popular opinion. In fact, it's ironic that this movie talks about the same thing that happened to many people later on who believed this movie's controversial counterpart, The Blair Witch Project, was real. Either way, it IS a low-budget movie and one that has real merit and a good format for what it cost. The directors should be praised that they were able to do so much with so little and make a convincing and, well 'cool' movie that makes a good point about modern technology.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hardly a thinking-man's "Blair Witch" October 30, 2006
A bunch of media doofuses trek into remote woods in search of an old and horrific local legend - and are never seen alive again. By now, "Last Broadcast" will go down (for those few who've seen and remember it) as that other mock-documentary project about the supernatural. I wanted to give this flick a chance given how I've seen "Blair Witch", and not only does "Broadcast" fail by comparison, but fails to escape comparison - painfully ironic given that "Broadcast" is actually the older of the two movies.

WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT: "Broadcast" is a (wholly fictitious) documentary about the 1995 murders of several men who ran a local cable-access show called "Fact or Fiction". When ratings sag, Steve Avkast, Rein Clackin & Locus Wheeler decide to devote a show to the mysterious "Jersey Devil". With the "help" of a local magician and (alleged) psychic named Jim Suerd, our trio make a winter's journey deep into the remote "Pine Barrens". While there, they have their cameras and internet access - they're connected to the outside world, but not protected by it. Only Suerd will emerge alive from the Barrens - luckless, he will be convicted of the brutal murders of two of the others. No body is found of Avkast, precluding feckless prosecutors from pursuing a triple bill against Suerd. (Avkast's hat and gobs of his blood leave little doubt of his fate.) Lacking a confession, prosecutors seal Suerd's fate with his blood spattered clothes, but largely on the strength of preserved video footage showing him as randomly violent and (most importantly) the guy leading the group deeper into the barrens. The documentary begins after Suerd's mysterious death in prison - where he was to serve consecutive life sentences.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The ending does suck but still is a gruesome eerie enjoyable movie.
I understand why some people don't enjoy this movie- the ending. I get it. But come on the movie was creepy in its own unique way. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JONATHAN
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best found footage movies made
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 more
Published 1 month ago by Tim
4.0 out of 5 stars oldie but goodie
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 more
Published 14 months ago by FekketCantenel
4.0 out of 5 stars Bad Man
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 more
Published 15 months ago by Lavinia
4.0 out of 5 stars the lost broadcast
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Surpasses other "mockumentary" Horror Vids
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 more
Published on September 18, 2007 by jimmy_rants@yahoo
2.0 out of 5 stars a few good elements but mostly just dull
I could barely stay awake while watching this, and I forced myself to watch it all the way to the end...which turned out to be poorly conceived. Read more
Published on August 30, 2007 by Viva
4.0 out of 5 stars Reminds me of "In Search Of" with a twist...
I heard of this about the time "Blair Witch" came out, and just had to see it. It reminded me of the old "In Search Of" episodes, with the creepy synth music and the basic, simple... Read more
Published on November 18, 2006 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars The ending DESTROYS all that came before: BE WARNED!
This has an intersting premise (forget all the BLAIR WITCH comparisons)and they do an okay job building on the set up. Read more
Published on November 11, 2006 by Derek Jager
2.0 out of 5 stars Big disappointment
This movie was an incredible disappointment. After reading numerous reviews portraying this movie to be considerably better than Blair Witch Project, I was quite excited. Read more
Published on October 20, 2006 by Matthew Netrefa
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