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Saturday, March 3, 2012

[7.50/10] Evidence (2012)


Evidence (2012)

Brief review: "Evidence" will be released straight to DVD on March 12, which is a pity, because the film deserves a theatrical release, at least a limited one, as it's much better than most POV horror movies shown on the big screen recently, including "The Devil Inside", "Atrocious" and even the "Paranormal Activity" franchise. Do not get misled by the rather conventional first half of the film, where a bunch of boys and girls go camping in the woods, with one of them filming a pointless documentary, because this is not your typical 'found footage' horror movie, even if it seems like one. Just when you think "Evidence" works effectively as a creature feature shot in a POV style, it turns out to be something much more unsettling and crazy than that. It's hard to review the movie without revealing too much, so let's say that in its final 30 minutes, "Evidence" goes in a direction you won't see coming, leading to an unexpected horrifying events that will shock you, scare you to death and make your skin crawl. It won't be a lie if we call "Evidence" a clever, tense and truly frightening horror movie, full of unexpected surprises, real scares, lots of disturbing images and solid amount of gore, because it's exactly that. The movie also has well-developed characters, believably portrayed by Ryan McCoy, Brett Rosenberg, Abigail Richie and Ashley Bracken, who all manage to convey fear, confusion and panic so convincingly.

Overall summary: It's no "[REC]", but Howie Askins' "Evidence" quickly establishes itself as one of most effective, terrifying and unpredictable 'found footage' horror movies in recent memory, delivering one shock after another, tons of genuine scares and unexpected twists.

20 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I did like [rec] - will look for this one.

Jeremy said...

Sounds good. I might have to watch it.

Maynard Morrissey said...

Very excited about Evidene, the trailer looks cool!

btw, will watch Devil Inside on Friday - yes, I'm gonna waste my hard earned money to watch it in theater :)

Melissa Bradley said...

Wow! Your review has made this a must see for me. And I don't like POV, you know that. :) Mentioning this is the same breath as [REC] definitely gives this a leg up on the to watch list.

Maynard Morrissey said...

oh btw, Shawn Holmes, director of "Memory Lane", will probably contact you in the next few days (Screener).

Richard said...

Sounds like an interesting movie, though horror isn't my interest.

Richi Rich said...

I like scary movie, hope that the DVD is made available in Singapore too!

Thanks for review.

By the way, George, on average how many films/movies did you watch every week? Haha

Alex Jowski said...

I am intrigued. Not a fan of the whole 'found footage' fad but I just might check this movie out.

Nebular said...

Alex, liked? I fucking loved it! :) Check this one out then.

Nebular said...

Jeremy, it's great actually.

Nebular said...

Maynard, I hope you're gonna like it. I mean Evidence, not the stupid The Devil Inside. :)

Nebular said...

Mel, every time I convince you to see a POV horror movie, I feel like a winner. :) This one scared the crap out of me, I'm telling you. :)

Nebular said...

Maynard, really? Yay, that's great. Looking forward to his email. :)

Nebular said...

Richard, I guess it's not, but this one is definitely worth checking out.

Nebular said...

Richi, not as many as you may think. Let's say about 5 to 10. It depends. :)

Nebular said...

Alex Jowski, I'm glad my review picked up your interest on this one. It's one of the better FF horror movies, you can trust me on that. :)

Maynard Morrissey said...

well, it was he who asked me if I know some people in Europe who would like to see or review it. Next to a few German-langauge websites, I suggested your blog.

As far as I know he's a bit stressed at the moment. They'll show Memory Lane at Cannes and he's currently spending lots of time on collecting money for the Cannes trip. Might take some time until he'll contact you, although I initially thought he'll contact you right away...

Nebular said...

Maynard, I think he has contacted with me in the past, but I don't know what happened.

Thanks for recommending me, I appreciate it.

Good for him. I wish him a huge success with it. :) Well, I'm not in a rush, so I'll wait as long as it's needed. :)

Kaijinu said...

four words about this film: Mossy Gorillas are scary! ;)

Nebular said...

Kaijinu, I thought there were scarier things than the mossy gorillas in this film. :)