Black Water Vampire
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I just watched this one, twice. This is one of those found footage b-movies that walks a fine line between being a decent horror film and a cheesy microbudget disaster. Honestly, I understand why this movie has such a rare wide-ranging disparity in reviews.
It starts out identically to all found footage, kids-investigating-a-mystery-in-the-wilderness films. That said...
Where this film succeeds 1.) camera work, and 2.) acting. The actual HD quality was excellent, but more importantly the framing of shots, etc, was really well done. In addition, there is actually some quality acting. In fact, I think the actors were just handed some truly lame dialogue, which really handicapped them as far as what they had to work with. As a result, the characters often presented as a dry reading from a lousy script. Good job, though, to three of the four leads: "Rob," "Andrea," and especially "Anthony," who did a great job for the first 75% of the film. Danielle, the lead, was oddly inconsistent and the role probably would have been better placed in the hands of a more experienced actress. Too often she comes off as not having practiced her lines enough and too often was either stilted, overacting, but ultimately just wasn't believable. The "townies" were notably hit and miss, talent-wise - "Sally Barnham" and "John Miller" are old pros, for example, while the others ranged from decent to c-movie-horrible.
Where this film fails 1.) dialogue, 2,) acting, 3) directing, and 4) a total lack of scares, thrills, and chills. The dialogue is easily the worst part of this film, and the screenwriter seemed to hsve locked himself in a room and written dialogue that looks good on paper but doesnt translate as "real" when put in the hands of the actors.Read more ›
It's hard to understand why someone being attacked by a monstrous vampire continues to film.
It does have some interesting surprises. Some not so good - like when being attacked in the woods they four campers rush back into their tent - which seems to prevent the vampire attacking them. Apparently it's not strong enough to tear through the material, nor smart enough to simply unzip it.
The movie follows the Blair Witch plot a little too close for comfort. There are tales of murder, of cabins in the woods, remote town, strange symbols on the trees, fighting hikers, confession" video, lost map, etc.
The lead character is really annoying. Her acting is bad.
There are plot holes galore. One of the glaring ones is the lead is raped by the vampire. The next night she has the baby. Yep, it grew quick! But at the end of the film, they are giving the baby a one year old birthday party...and it's still an infant. The rate it grew in a day does not match the size of the baby at one year.
There were four young women murdered on December 21 over the past 40 years. One a year. But in this film, three people get murdered in one night.
Its supposed to be 18 degrees in winter. But they are spending 24 hours a day without hats or gloves and no sleeping bags.
I recommend you pass on this one.
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I love found footage films first and foremost. I think it's unfair to label them all Blair Witch rip offs. Read morePublished 4 months ago by westicles
Ive seen much worse found footage movies.This one was okay but the ending was weird.Published 7 months ago by Ariana
Good concept but characters do some really unrealistic stuff in the movie as far as decisions , I mean come on I know its a B movie and all but ..Published 11 months ago by Rob Hamilton
Another overenthusiastic protagonist getting her silly crew killed. This is tolerable if the lead has any remote aptitude, but insufferable if they're otherwise feckless. Read morePublished 13 months ago by The Stig, MD