Reviewed by: Ryan Doom
Fernando Barreda Luna
What's it about
A family is found dead on their family farm. They just happened to record their final five days on the planet. Guess what, this is that footage!
Is it good movie?
So another day, another found footage film…this time coming from Spain with Atrocious. I don’t have a problem with this genre. If anything, it has added a unique layer and a different style to enjoy. If done right, they can be downright scary. If done wrong, they suck a big one. However, my main issue with the found footage movie is that they’re all very, very boring. Nothing ever happens for the first hour or so, which makes it tough to watch. If there’s nothing interesting happening besides some banter here and there and some talk about ghosts or murders, what’s to keep the viewer watching?
Here, a couple goes to the family farm to investigate some sort of local legend. While there, strange things start to happen. The couple, for some reason, decides to film the entire thing “just in case.” Now setting Atrocious on the farm should lend itself to all sorts of good, scary fun, but the movie relies too heavily on shit we’ve seen before, namely Blair Witch. A one point, someone (I think it’s the male character Cristian) runs through the woods for at least two full minutes. Nothing happens minus screaming and bumbling with the camera. And that’s the problem here. Nothing happens. The flick is a bore. It takes to long to get anywhere, and when it does, I really didn’t care anymore. At least Blair Witch gave bits and pieces, small things to keep viewers on the edge of whatever seat they happen to be sitting in. Atrocious forgot about doing that.
Video / Audio
Video: It’s made to look like a home movie, so nothing fancy.
Audio: Read above.
It seems as if there’s some unexplored avenues left for this genre. There has to be something more to do than film people getting paranoid for an hour then have the creepy stuff finally happen in the last 15 minutes. Watch Man Bites Dog instead.