After their parents' death, the Rademacher twins travel to Michigan to close the family home. While there,
they discover that they aren't alone and are made to fight for survival; a fight that continues long after the violence ends.
Written By: Jerry J. White,
Directed By: Jerry J. White
It never ceases to amaze me how much I resent the "Blair Witch" phenomenon that engulfed a nation in the late '90s. Not because the film wasn't a breakthrough at the time; rather the chaos that followed after, and continues over 15 years later. I'm sorry film makers around the globe, the "Blair Witch" style really isn't cool. It never was. The originality of the ground zero production, and marketing was very cool... back then. Now, to me it it just means lazy movies. So how does this tie into Jerry. J. White's film? The prelude to "The Horror" begins in the found footage style. I almost cried. Honestly, I thought this was one of those titles to reject and not write a piece on. Then, things change almost as fast as they began. "The Horror" took on the more familiar, eye-ball friendly film I had hoped it would be... and never let up. My worries of another found footage foot-note quickly dissolved and were replaced by a creeping feeling that is, in fact, the essence of this particular film. Is "The Horror" one of those jump-scare laden films that seem to be so popular? Not at all, not really anyhow. It is, in fact a surprisingly well done feature that I am more than happy to recommend to most anyone. When you watch a lot of independent films, you hope for a "short film" because sometimes, to be blunt... they suck. In this case however, we have a feature length production that I am more than happy to watch again. Overall, excellent job.
Sometime, within the first 15 minutes of the film one thing became clear. "The Horror" was a well acted movie. In the world of indie, low budget movies, the performances are usually what makes a film unwatchable. Not in this case though. Almost immediately the cast elevated themselves, and this production to a much higher level than I'm used to with these types of flicks. The performances never stumble into the "indie acting pit of doom' through most of the film. I can honestly write that on a few occasions things may have felt a little hollow or scripted; these instances were few and far between though. In order to give examples I would have to write up some spoilers... which I don't do. Let's just say that all the cast pulled their weight and because of that, "The Horror" easily earns it's score. The story itself is semi-complex and although not presented perfectly, it's easy enough to follow along and interesting enough to want to. This is all complimented by some good lensing, a slick edit, and some good PV (Production Value) shots that help widen the world in which "The Horror" takes place. Throw a great audio mix into the loop, and you end up with an excellent looking (and sounding) indie flick that's sure to please most anyone.
This is a film that borders on the "Horror" or "Thriller" genre mark. Saying "The Horror" is just another indie flick is like writing that 'Butter' and 'Margarine' are the same thing. Instances of 'independent film' are present, as are moments of sheer greatness. This is a movie I was glad to spend some time with, and recommend you do the same when you can. In addition to the films normal social links listed in our left panel, check out the "Dances With Films" link below. Cheers all and shine on.
The Horror - Dances With Films Link.
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