Home Movie (2008) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Home Movie (2008)

Home Movie (2008)

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  • Release Date:  2008
  • Genre:  Creepy Kid, Found Footage, Supernatural Power
  • Director:  Christopher Denham
  • Screenwriter:  Christopher Denham
  • Cast & Crew: Adrian Pasdar, Cady McClain, Amber Joy Williams, Austin Williams, Lucian Maisel, and River O’Neal.

Home Movie (2008)Rating:

  • Ronan = 3 / 10;
  • Dylan = 6.5 / 10;
  • Raoul = 7 / 10;
  • Eloise = 5 / 10;
  • IMDB = 5.7/10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 4.7/10.

Home Movie (2008) Synopsis:

A family’s home movie becomes a living nightmare when the two family kids start to show violent signs of dementia.

Home Movie (2008) Review:

Home Movie, directed by well-known actor Christopher Denham, is a low-budget found footage-type movie that will surprise you by how good and disturbing it is, and this despite the absence of any special effects or even any gory scenes at all.

The story is basic but well-written. The mystery around what is happening to the kids is thick, and the movie made to confuse you. This, along with an extremely heavy atmosphere, results in a “Blair Witch like” type of oppression that keeps the audience on-edge at all-time.

Home Movie never shows any violence or horror scenes directly, but only shows the results of this violence. Most of the time, the camera turns away to shot something else, and something terrible will happen only to be discovered as the camera focuses back on the children. This an intelligent way to draw away from budget-limitation and make a surprisingly gripping movie with virtually no money. For me, the only big problem with that movie is the ending (spoiler ahead). It seems to me that Home Movie choose the easy solution by explaining nothing. It creates a mystery for sure, but hint should be left to help the audience understand what has happened. Here, it feels like Christopher Denham actually had no idea how to conclude his movie, and just left the end blank in the hope that we would think it is some sort of an artistic movement.

Still, Home Movie is a brilliant example of how to build a great psychological tension with almost no special effects and no budget at all. Really overlooked.

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