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Last Radio Call

USA 2021
produced by
Isaac Rodriguez, Cynthia Bergen (executive) for No Sleep Films
directed by Isaac Rodriguez
starring Sarah Froelich, Jason Scarbrough, Ali Alkhafaji, Keekee Suki, June Griffin Garcia, Billy Necessary, Gert Lopez, Makayla Rodriguez, Isaac Rodriguez, Viktoria Jimene, Cynthia Bergen, Diana Rodriguez
written by Isaac Rodriguez, special effects makeup by Makayla Rodriguez, Diana Rodriguez

review by
Mike Haberfelner

One night about three a.m. officers David (Jason Scarbrough) and Giles (Ali Alkhafaji) are called to the long abandoned Yorktown hospital on possible trespassers. Now the dilapitated place is creepy at the best of times, but much more so at the witching hour - and weird noises make the officers think they're not alone. They part ways to cover more ground ... and eventually David is attacked, calls for help, fires his gun - and yet disappears without a trace, with only his bodycam left behind ...

It's one year later, and David's wife Sarah (Sarah Froelich) still hasn't overcome his disappearance, especially since not knowing whether he's dead or alive even doesn't give her any kind of closure, and the fact that the police are not releasing any evidence from the case is especially painful. So she decides to hire a cameraman to make a documentary about David's disappearance, in the hope that this will encourage people to come forward with information. But at first, she's only met with doors slammed into her face. Only eventually, David's partner Giles agrees to talk to her - but when she stops over she finds he has blown out his own brains. But with his things she finds a telephon number of a man who has hours upon hours of bodycam footage, including David's, that he'd like to see released. And the footage is disturbing indeed, and it leads Sarah to a shaman (Keekee Suki) who might be the key to the truth - but he goes mad during a séance. Eventually Sarah figures the only way to find the truth is to pay Yorktown hospital a visit during witching hour  - but why does she think she'd fare any better than her husband?

 

Now I'm not the biggest fan of found footage and mock documentary shockers (and the line between these genres is fleeting for sure), as more likely than not, films of this ilk seem to cover corners in almost all departments, from cinematography to acting to writing even. But Last Radio Call is an example to this rule (and in all fairness, there have been a few over the years), as its story is well-structured and shows expert build-up, the direction puts an emphasis on atmosphere, and the camerawork, while looking rough enough to comply with genre specifications, shows purpose and a feel for visual tension. But what really makes the movie is that it really understands horror, to the point that sometimes showing less is more, and that a certain degree of mystery is often worth more than buckets of blood, and that within the confines of the horror realm, not everything needs to be explained away to be creepy. And heck, this film is creepy as hell ...

 

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