Charles Band for Full Moon
directed by Danny Draven
starring Jessica Morris, Kaiwi Lyman, Jeff Adler, Michael Cline, Sandra Hinojosa, Jamie Bernadette, Kyle Morris, Galen Howard, Jim Tavaré, Lino Dumont, Spencer John Olson, Christian Edsall, Kate Bowen, Kimberly Jürgen, Tessa Lane, Adrianna Adams, Michael Sonye (as Dukey Flyswatter)
story by Shane Bitterling, Danny Draven, screenplay by Shane Bitterling, music by Jojo Draven, Richard Belgard, special makeup effects by Tom Devlin
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To finance their own documentaries, a trio of documentary filmmakers
(Jessica Morris, Kaiwi Lyman, Jeff Adler) accept a job from an asshole
producer (Michael Cline) to shoot some behind-the-scenes footage for a
horror movie set and shot in an actual abandoned asylum. At first though,
everything seems to go wrong, nobody wants our heroes on set, the producer
proves to be an even bigger asshole on-set than off, the director is quite
a bit too full of himself, and the lead actress (Sandra Hinojosa) is a
nightmare who would make Lindsay Lohan blush. So out of frustration, our
documentary filmmakers decide to investigate those parts of the asylum not
occupied by the film crew on their own. But with every new room they
enter, the place gets creepier. What's worse though is that they suddenly
seem to be unable to find their way back to the set, and whichever way
they go seem to go only in circles. And then they stumble over the
mutilated corpses of the lead actress and her loverboy. And suddenly they
realize they are not only lost, they're on the run, on the run from ...
A very decent entry into the found footage horror
subgenre, this works quite a bit better than many of the lot because for
once (and different from more prolific genre entries like Cloverfield
and Diary of the Dead) the
heroes have an actual reason to hang onto their cameras (they are
filmmakers after all), but don't hang onto them in unreasonable
sitiations, plus despite being of the found footage variety, the film is
very decently edited, and shows an actual filmmaker's brain behind it.
Also, much more emphasis is put on creating an appropriate atmosphere than
on shaking the cameras wildly to simulate fear. Plus, the script actually
seems to be thought through and well-structured (also not always the case
with found footage films) and the main characters are likeable. And the
spots of irony especially towards the beginning of the movie don't hurt
one bit either.
Pretty cool, actually.