Summary: A true-crime writer finds a cache of 8mm “snuff” films that suggest the murder he is currently researching is the work of a serial killer whose career dates back to the 1960s.
Scare Factor: oh sh*t
Final Score: 5 stars
Thoughts: Woohoo this was spooky. Scream inducing, sleep with the lights on freaky! I watched this while I was recovering from strep throat and it taught me that even though you can talk, 1 week after strep throat, you cannot scream. This movie had me shriek 3 times and each time there was only an audible intake of air followed by what sounded like a gust of wind… And after watching a movie about a serial killing ancient god, finding out you cannot scream is it’s own level of terrifying.
So this family moves into a house in a town that experienced a family hanging + missing child. The dad is a true-crime writer looking for his next big hit after a 10 year dry spell. Unknown to the family, dad actually moves them into the house that this family was killed (yeah, that’s smart). While moving in he finds this box of 8mm film, each one depicting the horrible murder of a family including the one at his new home. Of course he thinks this is his big break, thinking he can crack open the murder and linking it to a bunch of others through the years.
Obviously, I thought this movie was terrifying but I’ve been trying to figure out why. I think it’s due a lot to the pacing and great background music/noise. I mean, the idea of a stalking demon/god/beast killing people isn’t new but this really pulled you in. We’re shown each murder but it’s not all at once so there’s still shock/horror in each one. Plus, each one is done differently – cause killing families the same way each time is just sooo boring. The audio is just…*shudder* Mute was a really good friend of mine through parts of this movie.
This movie was a great scare, probably one of the best since it’s not a normal haunted house OR a normal serial killer story. It’s a nice mix to give you new nightmares for a new year!