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Tom Riley invested every penny he had into buying a home at a Sheriff's sale that he hoped to flip. Almost immediately unexplained events happened which led him to realize the house was possessed with the spirits of the previous owners. All the footage was captured on his cell phone and downloaded from the cloud server of 21 security cameras installed in the home by the previous owners. This special edition DVD includes both regular audio and an exclusive director's commentary track. Listen as director Nigel Bach discusses everything you ever wanted to know about the making of the film. The Bad Ben DVD includes: * Director's commentary track * Feature film * Trailers for Bad Ben 1, 2, 3, 4 * Trailers for found footage films released by POV Horror
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The movie is filmed solely from the perspective of the single character's iPhone and an array of "security cameras" that record to the cloud for a period of exactly one week. We know this, because the film makes a point of informing us through an odd phone conversation with his security provider.
This point really underscores the problem with the entire film. The one and only character persists in filming and narrating as though documenting for an unseen audience. The lines are stilted, odd, and laden with profanity. Who talks to himself this consistently, and with this sort of language? If he's not uploading this footage to YouTube daily, this is an exercise built on the horribly futility of loneliness.
Seasoned viewers know what to expect. Late night footage of moving furniture, shadows projected on walls, lights turning off and on, "occult items" created from household objects, doors (so, so many doors) opening of their own accord. Our hero does little to get to the bottom of the actual mystery until the end, and he blithely continues living in the house, despite being confronted by actual physical evidence of an unseen force. And he clearly believes that the unseen force is real and paranormal.
The payoff is exactly what you'd expect, and one that you've seen time and time before.
Overall, Bad Ben is worth watching simply to see how far one man can go on a budget of $300.00 (the actual figure reported). It's not good cinema, it's not original cinema, but its competent filmmaking. It suffers from horrible one-sided dialog and special effects of such garden-variety implementation that you'll find yourself laughing out loud. Still, props to Nigel Bach for sticking with the project to its culmination; he should be proud.