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The legend is real. So is the terror.
The sasquatch is caught on camera in this found-footage horror from the co-director of The Blair Witch Project. As a group of good-looking 20-somethings are about to find out in their cabin in the woods, the living urban legend isn’t just real – it’s angry.
Audience Award Winner (Midnighters) SXSW 2014
Rating: M Horror, violence, offensive language and drug use
If the recent Into the Storm wasn’t enough to remind you why the awfully ubiquitous faux-doco/found-footage genre is the laziest, most aesthetically cancerous filmmaking trend, by all means check out the execrable Exists, conceptually the same movie with the twisters replaced by a really aggro Sasquatch. It’s directed by Eduardo Sanchez, who, being one half of the team behind The Blair Witch Project, can be held responsible for the proliferation of found footage horror in this era; the thing is the guy hasn’t managed to convince us, with any of his subsequent films, nor this unimaginative crud, that Blair Witch wasn’t just a flukey success that came at the right time.
Exists is hopelessly bound to tired conventions, following a group of hapless, disposable campers whose merry excursion into the woods of East Texas turns to shit when they accidentally run into Bigfoot. At its worst, the film seems constructed like an extended viral video to plug GoPro’s indestructibility: hey, it’s so freaking durable it’ll even survive Bigfoot’s reign of terror long after you have perished! Coming with the territory is that one obnoxious beardy pothead whose pervy camera, affixed to his arm like an exoskeleton, speaks to the genre’s worst crime: its dedication to vicarious realism constantly undercut by characters whose actions cannot be possibly considered realistic. Furthermore, Sanchez is unable to resist throwing in some half-hearted, hilariously high-minded “who are the REAL monsters?” catch at the end. Please.
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Should not exist :(
Film Review: EXISTS
So you recall THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT? Wanna know what became of its two co-directors? Well, in the case of Eduardo Sánchez - he threw up, filmed it and released it as EXISTS… or at least that’s how it feels watching this horrible excuse for a movie. So it’s a (yawn) “found-footage” tale of a group of (yawn) good looking kids, holidaying in a (wait for it…) cabin in the woods, get picked off, one by (yawn) one, by the, um, abominable-yeti-bigfoot-sasquatch-man-in-a-suit.
To say this movie is cliche-ridden would be an understatement. It’s pretty much a scene-for-scene steal from every movie you’ve ever seen, then wished you hadn’t, only worse. So bad it’s funny? If only. Rotten script, rotten acting, rotten direction. EXISTS makes THE ROOM look like AVATAR. The only thing it leaves you pondering is why EXITS exists at all. Avoid like ebola.