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Review: Hochet and Pastor Turn Character-Centric Found Footage On It’s Head In ‘Stéphane’

Cleverly dropping viewers into the film within the film, Timothée Hochet and Lucas Pastor’s debut feature Stéphane opens mid-scene as an up and coming director named Timothée (Bastien Garcia delivering a perfectly nuanced debut feature performance) shoots his latest action-packed, espionage short. He and his actors are interrupted by a peculiar man named Stéphane (Lucas Pastor himself, unrecognizable under makeup) […]

Popcorn Frights Review: Scott Slone’s Hybrid Found Footage ‘Malibu Horror Story’ Hides It’s Strengths Behind Tired Tropes

Scott Slone’s decade-plus-long endeavor Malibu Horror Story opens by revealing a team of young paranormal researchers in a remote Malibu Canyon cave who are recording the pilot episode of their web series. They’re preparing for the inaugural EVP session and in the process describe their roster of standard spirit hunting tech, including the spirit box they’ll use to communicate with […]

UFF Review: Sarah Goras Peterson Explores Paranoia And Cults In ‘The Zand Order’

The Zand Order directed by Sarah Goras Peterson follows a mother searching for answers related to her daughter’s death. She believes a cult was responsible for her daughter’s death, however the police had their doubts and previously closed the investigation. The film follows Yessica (the camera specialist) and Vex (the tracker/guide) who were hired by Morgan (the mother), to help […]

UFF Review: Intergalactic Voyeurism With Patrick Donnelly’s ‘The Alien Report’

“Based on reports of extraterrestrial encounters” is the first thing you see when starting Patrick Donnelly’s 2022 found footage sci-fi film “The Alien Report” and it’s a message that attempts to root this story within reality. Pentagon footage, abduction reports and questions of the aliens intentions with humanity quickly set the stage for the story to kickstart with the narrator […]

UFF Review: Robbie Banfitch Unearths A New Breed of Extraterrestrial In ‘The Outwaters’

A series of pictures and general information about the victims accompanied by a horrific recording of a 911 call set the stage for the grim events that will unfold across Robbie Banfitch’s The Outwaters before temporarily thrusting the viewer into the personal lives of these travelers via memory cards recovered from their camera. Through displaying personal moments between the characters […]

Fantastic Fest Review: Johannes Grenzfurthner’s ‘Masking Threshold’

Sometimes a film comes along that ignores all the traditional methods of cinematic storytelling, opting for a more experimental take on delivering the narrative that really empowers it’s thematics. That’s most definitely the case with Johannes Grenzfurthner’s eerie psychological horror feature Masking Threshold which follows a singular protagonist, a nameless IT technician who’s taken time off work to conduct a […]

Fantastic Fest Review: Sarah Appleton and Phillip Escot’s ‘The Found Footage Phenomenon’

Unmatched in their authenticity when executed well, found footage films have become a staple in the horror genre over the last few decades. Sarah Appleton and Phillip Escot’s new feature length documentary The Found Footage Phenomenon aims to catalog the life of this fascinating subgenre through an exploration of how it achieved it’s many successes and tracing the origins dating […]