Fri, 20 July 2012
I'm thankful for the many lists of found footage films out there on the Internet. With those lists, I have found literally hundreds of fffs I wouldn't have known about otherwise. Unfortunatley, these lists contain many films that aren't exactly found footage. Some of these lists seem to have every film that uses subjective (first person) camera, whether it is ff or not. As you know, I define fffs a lot more stringently than that. So I'm often disappointed when I watch a movie from one of these lists thinking it is found footage, only to discover it isn't. I'm especially disappointed when I pay money for that movie.
The Last Horror Movie is such a movie. This was on several lists of fffs. I even found two films by this title on these lists, though I could never document what the second one was (if it was anything). What I can document is that this is not a fff. It is more like a documentary. In fact, it is almost exactly like Man Bites Dog, having the same basic plot as that one. While there is subjective camera here (complete with some of the ff conceits like "shaky cam"), there is not the death of the filmer nor the finding of the footage. Instead, the filmer (a serial killer who is taking us along on his kills) has recorded his film over a VHS copy of a fictional horror film called "The Last Horror FIlm" and left it in video stores for customers to find.
The movie does have a good hook, though. The killer tells us at the end that there is only one copy of this film, the one we are watching, and that he tracks whoever rents it and kills them after it is over. It was a creepy conceit, and might have freaked me out if I hadn't gotten this film from Netflix rather than a video store.
In all, The Last Horror Movie is a good movie with not only that good ending but also a few other good parts in the middle. But it isn't found footage.
Category:Movies -- posted at: 6:04 PM