An aspiring film-maker embarks on a journey investigating the nightmarish
and haunting stories behind the Black Eyed Children phenomenon.
Written By: Justin Snyder,
Directed By: Justin Snyder
Creepy kids. It's amazing nobody has done a Doc on this before right? Now add a pair of dead, black eyes and for me, this is the stuff nightmares are made of. I had high expectations as I entered Justin Snyder's world of creepy demon, alien children. At it's heart, "Black Eyed Children: Let Me In" is a documentary / found footage styled film that mainly consists of interviews and a driving narrative. The few segments that are strewn in do, in fact help the story along... but some of them I could have went without. Still though, was "Black Eyed Children: Let Me In" good enough for me to watch straight through? Yes. No problem. It even made me want to research into these "children" a little to see what was fact and what was made up for the film. That alone signifies that we have a decent movie here and for what it's worth, Justin Snyder should be patting himself on the back. Not only was this one of his first films (possibly his first), but it was also done on a coffee and beans budget. "Black Eyed Children" turned out pretty OK, I've seen much worse an indie film done by much more experienced directors... and lots more money.
On the technical side of things, "Black Eyed Children" offers pretty much what you'd expect from this type of film. I did have a few personal issues with the format of some of the titling. Done using your standard font in white lettering generally works out good in these types of movies. However, using a solid black back-drop instead of a faded one, or even better, none at all - really takes you out of the film. Not a big deal though, perhaps more a personal one than anything else. My one major concern however, that actually made me stop and check my speakers - was the audio itself. Aside from the scoring, the narrative for the most part came from the left side only. This would work if watching (listening) from a mono source. But stereo, surround or even using headphones, the dialog came from the left side only. I don't need to write how awkward this became after a time, I'm sure you can guess, but this should be looked at and fixed. Aside from that, the production was exactly what it should have been for this style and not much more to say on that.
"Black Eyed Children: Let Me In" is a standard documentary with a few additions to keep it interesting. A little creepy, a few scares (jump scares) thrown in and an interesting idea, written for screen in a decent way by Justin Snyder and Serene Tohmy. I would have loved to see this same film with a larger budget, and maybe a little more experience. For what it is though, it turned out pretty decently. "Black Eyed Children: Let Me In" will never win an Oscar, but it doesn't need to win one to be entertaining. I found myself pulled in enough to have no problems watching and after, I even searched around a little for these "kids" via Google. When it all comes down to it, that alone makes this film a winner.
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