Now this was an interesting one. Here we have a found footage film about the production of a found footage horror film. This group of filmmakers gets together and head off to an abandoned cabin in the woods where something horrible once happened, and the place is supposedly haunted.
Little do these filmmakers know, there's more to the background story of their film than meets the eye. The film sort of goes from a satirical comedy drama about making the film, and a sort of love triangle between a few of them, to a full fledged real found footage film involving demonic possession. There are tropes aplenty, but that's just the idea. The audience is to take it as a satire about the typical found footage film. All the tropes are there; the common relationship problem story taking place among moments of horror, demonic possession, a cabin in the woods, and a couple of very sexy females (I say that as a stereotype). Hell, the ending scene is even a trope of found footage that happens ALL THE TIME. Three guesses what the final shot is. Demonic possession story. Go.
Funnily enough, one might look at this whole movie and say it's trash because it's one big giant steaming pile of horror tropes. But there's also a bunch of clever writing tucked in nice and cozy between all of the stereotypes you see going on. There's a point where the producer (I actually forget his role, but producer makes sense here) flat out calls the audience stupid, which totally lends itself to making the film satirical because we, the audience, are watching an otherwise almost insulting found footage horror. Truth be told, this is actually one of the most clever found footage films I've seen in my life, because somehow it manages to get away with more bad writing than good writing... and THAT is what makes it good. This may have broken my brain just a tiny bit. Let me see if I can put it in a movie title blender for you: It's a bit of 'Evil Dead', a bit of 'Blair Witch', a pinch of 'Scream' and a dash of "Insert found footage movie title about demons here" and has hints of the 'Friday the 13th' remake, depending on whether or not you were anything like me and saw THAT as a satire as well. Most people just hate it.
Anyway, I'm gonna go ahead and say that if you have a couple of hours to waste on brain candy, give this one a whirl. But I caution you to just take it for what it is. Try to watch it as more of a comedy than a horror, and you probably won't be disappointed. But take it seriously, and you might not get much out of it. Of course, there's also the fact that I love creativity, and I thought this concept was pretty clever. If you enjoy found footage films, give this one a look. It's the same old paranormal found footage movie with an interesting twist.