- Elf 2017
Kévin Mendiboure for KMP
directed by Kévin Mendiboure
starring Nicolas Shake, Chloé Dumas, Benjamin Polounovsky, Boris Anderssen Comar, Peter Lamarque, Paul Bandey, Sara Tekaya
idea by Kévin Mendiboure, screenplay by Vincent Darkman, music by Kevin MacLeod, Maxslash, Musicforyourmedia
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David (Nicolas Shake) is a vlogger specializing in paranormal
investigations, though he's a sceptic at heart, which also shows in his
quite cocky attitude. Carol (Chloé Dumas) lives in her grandparents'
place in the woods and calls upon David because she thinks the house is
haunted - but David soon comes to the conclusion Carol's just a little off
the hook as she insists that she's living with her grandma even if she
eventually admits grandma's dead but appears to her as a spirit. Plus she
apparently wants to have sex with David, which he declines (though it's
not quite clear why he's dead set against it as she's rather on the
attractive side). All that should be enough to make David leave, but it's
when creepy stuff he can no longer explain away happens - like objects
moving on their own or Carol's beloved dog turning up slaughtered - that
he gets cold feet and eventually makes an escape. Thing is, once back
home, he, the sceptic, finds himself haunted by something - but when a
medium (Boris Anderssen Comar) tells him it's Carol reaching out to him
from the netherworld, he chases him away. And yet he knows, to track down
whatever's haunting him, he has to return to Carol's place - and deep down
he knows whatever he will find will not be good news ...
2017, the found footage approach has been done pretty much to death - but
this movie still works, as it doesn't insist on telling everything from a
first person perspective but instead relies on good old-fashioned camera
angles and editing, and actually tells a more traditional ghost story in a
more traditional way - "more traditional" meant in the best
possible sense, as the film tells a well-structured and properly creepy
story with plenty of suspense and all the jump scares in all the right
places. Plus, one can't help but relating to/identifying with the more
than fallible protagonists at least to some degree, thanks to both good
writing and solid performances.
Well worth your time, actually.