The Blackout Experiments – USA, 2016 – reviews

‘I am ready to accept my failures’

The Blackout Experiments is a 2016 American horror documentary edited and directed by Rich Fox.

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The documentary follows a group of people who discover the ultra-scary, horror experience Blackout, and develop an obsession that hijacks their lives and blurs the line between reality and paranoid fantasy…

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Reviews:

“I wish I could recommend The Blackout Experiments more strongly. His interviews could have been more thoughtful, his footage more revealing and his subjects’ mindsets examined in greater detail. There’s something here, but it’s darker, and more elusive than perhaps Fox even knows.” Simon Abrams, RogerEbert.com

” … Fox does his best to reproduce a credibly nerve-jangling experience for the viewer, though it’s just not very scary to watch as a secondhand observer. Pic is well assembled, particularly in the editorial department, and boasts an original score (commingled with the Blackout events’ own sound designs) whose creepy atmospherics and sonic jolts would work very well in a regular fictive horror film.” Dennis Harvey, Variety

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“As horror documentaries go, The Blackout Experiments conveys the subjects’ experience well. It’s mainly because the filmmakers had access to Blackout so they don’t have to rely on re-enactments. Blackout creators Josh Randall and Kristjan Thor are careful to maintain mystery as they allow the filmmakers to document them. It’s both the best commercial for and PSA against Blackout they could have hoped for.” Fred Topel, Bloody Disgusting

“Throughout, filmmaker Rich Fox flexes all the usual elements of the genre: subjective camera angles, grainy footage, jarring cuts, eerie sound effects. Fox and his sound team have also creamed over the visuals with ample drone-moans, aesthetically congruent with a story that’s in itself a total drone-on.” Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter

 

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