FILM REC’ – ACROSS THE RIVER. Micro-budget Italian film, but my favourite amongst the recent horrors I’ve watched, including IT FOLLOWS & BABADOOK (both of which I enjoyed). This film had an interesting set-up (ecologist alone in the woods) and deployed an inventive use of found footage/recording tech’. There are evocative locations, and the supernormal aspects never felt forced for the best part; they just seemed to appear as a natural consequence of the situation, which I really admired.
To my taste, a couple of scenes pushed the envelope harder than was necessary towards the end (less is more) but that strangeness of a place abandoned in the midst of its past life created a very strange quality. Also a good depiction of isolation, which always rings my bell. Comparisons to BLAIR WITCH’ are inevitable. Also reminded me of REC & DARK WATER (original) in tone and some imagery. So, if you dug “the feel” of those you may dig this.
Now, the cover of the DVD, in my opinion, is a spoiler/soiler. So if you check this out, don’t look at the cover … be creative! For this reason, I am posting stills from the main set …
Good spot by Paul M. Feeney, who reviews films for Gingernuts of Horror – thanks for the rec’, Paul! Best three quid I’ve spent in a while.