So, last night I was unable to sleep so I started watching my Video on Demand stuff. I love the Free Movies section put out by Fear.Net I mean yeah most of them are low budget, poorly acted stuff, but they also have a few original films. This one, however was not actually a film, but a serial that they had put out, I believe originally on the website only. Each episode is about 27 minutes long and is marketed as an interactive horror mystery. You cannot find much info on this show other than from the Fear.Net site, in fact the Fear.Net site is so hard to navigate I couldn’t find any background information on it.
Pretty much it is done like a web-blog of sorts. There is a group a friends from high school Pretty much 2 guys are the main focus, then there is another buddy, his older sister, and then a geeky kid who most of them pick on. The older sister and one of the girls are lovers, apparently, and the gals brother is behind the camera most of the time videotaping everything that is going on. Also using web cams and what not chronicling these kids lives. However one by one they disappear (all but the brother and sister and the geeky kid who had disappeared after an apparent botched suicide attempt) and they wake up, each of them are in a different type of box. One guy has a window in his box where his medication is along with a ton of dirt in which he is buried. If he tries to get at the medication the dirt will fall on him and kill him. Another gal is stuck in a box full of broken dolls. One is in cased in bubble wrap, one is in a box that is slowly pouring in sea water, and she is hooked up to one of the guys who has all of these loose electrical wires. They all have little web cams that are hooked up to view them, they are all wired for sound and have video screens so they can actually communicate with each other at certain times.
Now, granted I watched them all one right after the other and on the TV instead of my computer screen. Maybe it was more nerve wrenching and more of a psychological mystery had I watched an episode a week (there were only 6 episodes). During each episode you would get clues, and the brother and sister were trying to find his friends and figure out what was going on and where they were. During the time they were getting fed clues through the internet and text messages. But it was, at least to me, obvious who it was. The ending was meant to be a shocker, but all in all it wasn’t. At one point the two get the location of the 2 girls who were left, the one with the baby dolls (Sage, the girlfriend of the sister) and the one in the bubble wrap (who happens to be pregnant by the Geek kid Tommy’s biological brother)… however the clue read… if you go for Sage they both die, but if you go for the pregnant chick only Sage dies….and actually the sister took a good 15 minutes to decide to go after Sage….hence going to kill them both. Yay makes perfect sense!
Ok, so the characters were pretty canned, we had the jealous jackass boyfriend, wimpy girlfriend who is having an affair, slutty bisexual tease, gritty drug dealing pharmaceuticals student, jack-ass prankster, geeky kid with the “why don’t you guys like me” syndrome, annoying guy with a camera, dark sultry stranger who seduces wimpy chick, and big sis who feels she must know what is going on and solve the mystery instead of going to the police like any normal person would do, not ever realizing that she is relatively close to the killer the entire time.
All in all, watching the episodes back to back, pretty much ruined the aura they attempted to give it I think. On top of that, well the characterization sucked, even with the flash back clips you really don’t care much if any of these people live or die, we had no real understanding of the characters, had no real glimpses into who they were other than how they show off in front of a camera. It was all too staged. The clues they gave were way too obvious… especially the one with the kids name scrawled on the wall. So we know from our own personal deduction from watching revenge films that the geeky kid is some how being avenged for some reason. Is it the biological brother? Or is it his annoying friend with the camera who is sitting on the fence the whole time… either siding with the mean kids or hanging out with the geeky kid.
There was no creativity to the deaths, no real interesting understanding about the decor of the coffins… well other than the bubble wrap chick because she was being “protected”.
So, maybe had I watched this on the computer and watched each episode a week at a time instead of on the big TV all in one setting, maybe it would have been good….but I some how doubt it.
I give it 2 whiny teenagers out of 5