Review: The Basement (2017)

This was originally published at Flickering Myth on 27th August 2017.

SYNOPSIS: When their rowdy party is called-off after receiving a warning from the police, a group of international students decide to hold a seance instead. This inadvertently sets in motion a series of ominous events, leading the friends into a labyrinthine basement hidden beneath their apartment complex. Although it is officially abandoned and out of use, it soon transpires that the basement is actually home to a bloodthirsty and seeming supernatural, assailant, who is intent on murdering the students.

It takes a special breed of incompetence to make an audience actively question if they are watching a found-footage film, or just a conventional movie.

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Halloween Gaming Recommendations: Part 1- Outlast

This is part of a special Halloween feature that will provide a brief overview of the horror genre, with different recommendations for every type of player. You might notice that the games in this series tend to get pretty good ratings. There are two reasons for this. 1) I’m partial to the horror genre, it happens to be my favourite in gaming. 2) This is a feature of games that I would recommend, therefore they’re bound to be scored highly. Anyway, first up is the grizzly indie shocker, Outlast

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Review (Part 2): The Pyramid

This was originally published at The Edge SUSU on December 15th 2014. 

The Pyramid is a found footage farce that words can only fail to articulate. It tells the story of some archaeologists and a documentary crew, who investigate a pyramid that, for reasons scarily explained, is really special and apparently different from any other pyramid. The narrative messily tangles together something about a curse, a virus and a hell of a lot of darkness.If you were expecting a more coherent plot synopsis, don’t – the film won’t clue you in anymore than that just did. The found footage aesthetic is inconsistent, to say the least. It’s one of those found footage films which manages to stick to a pretense of coming from primarily one camera, whilst simultaneously having multiple lines of action edited together, a musical score and… an aerial shot from space. Continue reading