the synopsis of this movie reads pretty sweet, but don’t be fooled. there has been a lot potential for sure, but this movie falls short on almost every level.
first of all choosing the genre of horror movie about people who do an amateur documentation is always a bad choice. one reason being that you instantly exclude a part of he target audience, because if you are a movie enthusiast then you can only take a certain amount of steadicam/surveillance cam movies. i accepted and not really liked Blair Witch project, but after Blair Witch one and two, paranormal activities one and two, rec one and two and uncountable other attempts i am not creeped out by this kind of stuff AT all. don’t get me wrong, none of those named examples was truly good, but they were at least better than this.
only two movies come to mind that have a deserving place in that category: man bites dog and cannibal holocaust. the rest were unnecessary.
as for the movie itself it is basically Blair Witch project meets hostel, with a bit of cannibal holocaust thrown in and to round it up a grain of cabin fever.
also, they are concentrating too much on the protagonists Rather then the story of the two girls as the protagonists were badly written. they were boring, bland and unsympathetic.
i found the actual storyline a bit weird and hard to follow. or was there nothing to follow?
nevertheless, with all those flaws they could have made it into an overall enjoyable movie, but there are two points that eventually ruined it.
first of all the torture stuff. don’t get me wrong, i have seen some sick movies in my life, some that might damage a fragile soul for life, but from an innovation point: why the hell does each and every horror movie today has to involve a good portion of torture? what’s the obsession there? it is not like it guarantees an instant hit. most of hem totally bomb at the box office. also, torture is not „scary“ in the classic definition of a horror film, it is only disgusting. a horror film lives by suspense and the viewers feelings toward the characters. in this case we have neither.
and now for the worst part of it all (huge spoiler ahead!!!):
this movie had the most predictable and boring ending that i have seen since the late 80s slasher flood. you will see this coming at 30 minutes runtime the very latest.