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The Outwaters

USA 2022
produced by
Robbie Banfitch, Beau J. Genot, Robert Abramoff (executive) for 5100 Films, Fathom Film Company
directed by Robbie Banfitch
starring Robbie Banfitch, Angela Basolis, Scott Schamell, Michelle May, Leslie Ann Banfitch, Aro Caitlin, Christine Brown (voice), Nancy Bujnowski (voice), Agnieszka Cieslak, Scott Oakdale, Melissa Andrea
written, special effects and sound design by Robbie Banfitch

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Singer Michelle (Michelle May), her right hand woman Ange (Angela Basolis) and their best friends, filmmaker brothers Robbie (Robbie Banfitch) and Scott (Scott Schamell) embark on a trip to the Mojave Desert to shoot a music video for Michelle. Now camping quite a stretch away from civilisation, it soon turns out that they're not all well-equipped for desert life. Soon though they experience things that can't just be explained away by not being accustomed to the desert, like the ground constantly vibrating, freak thunder without lightning and sounds coming from inside the earth. And then one night they're attacked by ... something, and it looks only Robbie gets away, all bloodied up - but where has Robbie gotten away to, as he seems to be sucked into a vortex where past, present and future all exist at once, where he re- meets his friends thought dead, and even himself. Now one couldn't blame him at all for going insane after the horrifying experience - but he records it all on his camera ...


Now the finale of this movie is nothing short of creepy as heck, as it manages to totally disorient the viewer, leaves many things unexplained while still making sure they hit hard, and packing it all into a wonderfully effective and atmospheric yet totally unusual cinematic language. It's bad then that the film as a whole does not live up to this - and the main reason for this being it's shot found footage style. And exactly this technique causes the exposition for this movie going on way too long while being hardly any more interesting than a amateur vacation movie (the landscapes though are pretty impressive), with a lack of proper editing slowing down narrative build-up considerably. And while much time is wasted with introducing us to the main characters, little time is spent on actual character-building. And this goes to the point that in act two, when creepy things start to happen, everything's just swallowed up by random and shaky camerawork. That said, the aforementioned finale makes up for much of this, it's really that good, it's just a shame that this film could have been a much better film overall would one not have gone the found footage route.


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