Posted on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 by Angie Han
1999′s The Blair Witch Project wasn’t the first film ever to utilize the found-footage format, but it definitely went a long way toward popularizing it. Since then we’ve had more found-footage horror movies can we can count, and it’s only very recently that the trend has shown any sign of slowing down.
All of which means that any film in the format released today is gonna have to work a bit harder to feel fresh. Even if it’s by the guy who helped make the subgenre what it is in the first place, Eduardo Sánchez. The Blair Witch director is back this fall with the found-footage Bigfoot movie Exists, and it feels, well, like a lot of other things that have copied Blair Witch in the past 15 years. Watch the Exists trailer after the jump.
Apple has the Exists trailer in HD.
The Bigfoot angle is admittedly unusual. Other than that, everything here smacks of “been there, done that,” from the shaky camerawork to the cabin-in-the-woods setting. Exists could still end up being an enjoyably competent execution of a familiar formula, but from here it doesn’t look likely to deliver anything truly new.
The five attractive young people at the center of this particular horror show are played by Samuel Davis, Denise Williamson, Roger Edwards, Chris Osborn, and Dora Madison Burge (a.k.a. Becky from Friday Night Lights). Brian Steele plays the Sasquatch bent on vengeance. Exists opens October 24.
For five friends, it was a chance for a summer getaway— a weekend of camping in the Texas Big Thicket. But visions of a carefree vacation are shattered with an accident on a dark and desolate country road. In the wake of the accident, a bloodcurdling force of nature is unleashed—something not exactly human, but not completely animal— an urban legend come to terrifying life…and seeking murderous revenge.