Found Footage 3D – USA, 2016 – reviews

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Found Footage 3D is a 2016 released horror American feature film written and directed by Steven DeGennaro and co-produced by DeGennaro, Charles Mulford, and Kim Henkel (co-writer of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974). It was the first found footage horror movie shot natively in 3D.

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The movie stars Carter Roy, Alena von Stroheim, Chris O’Brien, Tom Saporito, Scott Allen Perry, Jessica Perrin, and film critic Scott Weinberg.

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Plot:

A group of low-budget filmmakers set out to make Spectre of Death, “the first 3D found footage horror film,” but find themselves in the first 3D found footage horror film when the evil entity from their movie escapes into their behind-the-scenes footage…

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Reviews:

Found Footage 3D remains an entertaining watch despite its missteps, and it’s still far better than most ff films as it delivers solid performances, smart observations, and a fun ride. Its horror elements are lacking, but while you’ll never be frightened you’ll also never be bored — and that’s no small accomplishment for a ff film.” Rob Hunter, Film School Rejects

“An exercise in Quaker oat-box metafiction, this pokes fun at particular failings of the found footage genre (including a dig at the they-keep-filming-because-they-need-the-light gambit of Hollow) and questions why anyone would want to tread the Blair Witch Project path yet again. An argument about Derek’s preference for CGI over practical effects skips past objection ‘but we can’t afford good CGI’ and when the spook shows up, it looks more like a black blur than a monster…” The Kim Newman Web Site

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“It doesn’t quite know who its pitching too (those who hate found footage or those who love it) and so it ends up a bit bland. A very nice cameo from Scott Weinberg (who also produces) is a funny addition and Allen Perry has some real laugh out loud moments, but Found Footage 3D just feels like every movie you’ve ever seen from the genre. A shame.” Luke Owen, Flickering Myth

“The scares (and the film does have them) are chilling and, in at least one instance, shocking. This particular scare comes from nowhere, it is completely unexpected and changes the landscape of the film going forward. The 3D also works well and has a purpose to be there above just being a clever gimmick.” Kat Hughes, The Hollywood News

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Found Footage 3D is an absolute riot that’s also quite scary, setting up a multitude of payoffs that deliver a flurry of satisfying punches. It truly is a modern indie gem that really, really deserves a place among the greats. Horror fans are going to fall in love with DeGennaro’s film that’s pure heart, but also expresses similar frustrations we all have as genre fans. Seek this one out…” Mr Disgusting, Bloody Disgusting

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“It’s clever, smoothly-produced with a constant wink to the audience (perhaps not the dumb ones – the film’s words, not mine!) and it contains an exceptional excuse – one to beat all others in the found footage world – as to why they continue to film… because they’re filming a movie. Duh!” Michael Klug, Horrorfreak News

Release:

Found Footage 3D was released by Shudder on Blu-ray and DVD with retro 3D glasses included – on September 4, 2016.

Cast and characters:

  • Carter Roy … Derek
  • Alena von Stroheim … Amy
  • Chris O’Brien … Mark
  • Tom Saporito … Andrew
  • Scott Allen Perry … Carl
  • Jessica Perrin … Lily
  • Scott Weinberg … Scott

Filming locations:

Gonzales, Texas

Production:

Filming began on May 26, 2014 and wrapped mid-July 2014.

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