BLACK WATER VAMPIRE
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
Bill Oberst Jr.
What's it about
Following a series of bizarre vampire-looking murders that take place every ten years, a wannabe crew of ragtag documentarians venture off deep into the woods of a small town to discover the truth.
Is it good movie?
I won't go into the dilemma of the glut of found footage movies we seem
to be inundated with these days. Honestly, I don't mind them when
they're done effectively so I'm not exactly on the hate train. I'm one
of those people who did in fact enjoy the Blair Witch Project back in
Speaking of which, we've definitely got some real similarities here.
Crew of misfit filmmakers (the intrepid female lead, the friendly
producer, the mean sound girl,and the wildcard cameraman)? Check.
Interviews with weirdo townsfolk while trying to uncover the truth?
Check. People who are completely unable to navigate while in the woods?
Check. Random tent attacks at night? Yep. Crew member disappearances?
Uh-huh. Weird symbols showing up out of nowhere? Affirmative. A scary
"final" location? Yeah.
The fact of the matter here is that this film was really, really
similar to the Blair Witch project that way. However, there are a few
differences worth noting, mostly on the positive side. First of all,
the camera work here is certainly better than Blair Witch. Things are
steadier and that helps tremendously. Secondly, there's a whole subplot
involving the would-be potential killer Raymond Banks (played by
veteran Bill Oberst, Jr). Though the timing of it makes zero sense
based on his age (according to the story), this guy adds a great sense
of schizophrenic dread. His performance here is far and away the best
and most interesting part of the whole film.
Another big difference is that there does seem to be a payoff for this
whole thing if you're looking for monster action. Without going too
deeply into the whys and hows of everything, you do get to see the
creature quite often. He's a demonic looking beast and his presence can
certainly provide some quality jolts and jumps.
Still though, it's hard to say that Black Water Vampire really does
anything to truly stand out. It certainly managed to keep my attention
for the most part through its runtime, but it didn't really provide
anything overly new or really noteworthy. Our cast is passable (with
the exception of Oberst), but after a simple initial watch, this is
just too familiar.