There are indie movies that run off your back, like ducks with water, and quickly forgotten. Then their are those that take root, leaving you to ponder the movie for nights on end? Reel Nightmare is definitely not the latter.
Set in a New England town, where aVictorian home is location for an independent film by high school and college friends. The bulk of buddies come together for their mate, to complete a three-day movie shoot, and a little memory sharing. Sadly, their production is never completed, due to unexpected guests and a series of necronominiconic events!
Found footage movies seem to be extremely popular these days, even though they really aren't. Ever since The Blair Witch Project, filmmakers have flocked to the affordable method of live-movie play. but that doesn't mean it should happen.
In Reel Nightmare, is filmed through someone’s ipad, phone and camera, but the premise is still there. The movie begins with all the usual, annoying prattle before getting to bits of paranormal mystery, with some cool effects, by Paul B. Rubio, but the movie got lost. People were haunted and murdered long before the Necronomicon was ever read and the witches released. Was the book truly necessary? If you read the movie blurb, you read about vengeful witches, but the movie isn't about them! I was left in a confused state.
Also, the pace of Reel Nightmare wasn’t strong or interesting enough to enjoy. I grew tired of the interaction, and they were so busy being petty, nothing was accomplished. Their deaths could have been avoided, had they only used some Common Sense. Lastly, when the action truly began to mystify, there were fifteen minutes left. The flashback of the witch murders explained a bit, but honestly, they just shouldn't' have.
Reel Nightmare released February 7, 2017.
Written & Directed by Armand Petri and John De Fazio
Produced by Art Arutyunyan
Actors: Madeleine Heil and Garreth Morovsky
Musical Score: Dara Taylor
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