Studio: RynoRyder Productions
Director: Howie Askins
Stars: Ryan McCoy, Brett Rosenberg
Length: 73 Minutes
Sub-Genre: Found Footage
Plot: Four friends embark on a camping trip to an isolated wilderness to shoot a documentary one of them is making. On the first night the group hear blood-curdling cries and see unexplainable shadows surrounding the camp causing them to question whether they should leave. Suddenly the night takes a terrifying turn when one of the group goes missing and the remaining three realize they are being brutally hunted… but by what?
Review: Well, where should I begin? With the past success of The Blair Witch Project and the most recent success of the Paranormal Activity series, the found footage film is alive and well…which most of the time sucks for the horror fan. Let me be honest here, I am not a huge fan of the found footage sub-genre, but occasionally there is something worth writing about. And Evidence just might be that “needle in a haystack”, if I do say so myself.
It is your basic run of the mill story about a group of friends that decide to take a camping trip. One of the friends decides to make a documentary film about his best friend and his first time “roughing it, in the great outdoors.” It does start out giving you that feeling of…”I’ve seen this before.” Well folks, not for long. This movie is not like anything you have watched in the past. I really don’t want to give too much away about this film, but damn do I want to.
The initial opening act of the film deals with some very cool characters that are very easy to connect with, which is mainly due to the fact that they are likable in a sense. The film does have a few slow spots, but the characters keep you into the film. But hey, once this thing gets going…boy does it get going.
In the second part of the film, we start to get to the good stuff. The friends start hearing things and seeing some strange things that peak their interest, and make them want to get the hell out of the woods. In Evidence, you actually get to see some of the strange goings on before it is balls to the wall in the third act.
The third act is an act all unto itself, and that might just be an understatement. Talk about a twist to the end of this film. I think it has more twists, ups and downs, and insanity than a roller coaster. The things at the end of this film, I have never seen before, and I have been talking about this movie all day. I can’t wait to watch it again, and look for things that I am sure I missed.
Evidence will affect you that is for sure…just be prepared to see things that you haven’t seen before. Give this movie a chance, even if you’re not a fan of found footage. You might just be surprised at this little movie. You won’t be disappointed…I know that I wasn’t.
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| Reviewer: Haddonfield Hatchet
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