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Ask Movie Slate - Halloween 2016 - Re-visiting [.REC]

This one brings back good memories, mostly because it's sort of a remake of an update I made around four years ago.

For this year's Halloween event, we're going to be talking about found footage movies, a genre that's so extended it has gone into other genres like comedy and science fiction. It is horror, however, the terrain where found footage first started (with Cannibal Holocaust) and that's where it finds itself more comfortable, with at least one or two movies coming out every year that have this style of film making. For better or for worse it has become another way of making movies so while some people think this gimmick has run its course there's still going to be movies like this coming out.

My personal opinion on found footage is the same as with every genre. It all depends on what you do with the narrative limitations you've been given, and how creative you can get with them. And, just like every other genre, there will be gems and there will be flops. That being said, I like found footage movies. There can be a lot of effort and artistry in putting together something that looks sloppy and improvised, and the actors have to work extra hard to sell their performances as genuine, since they are portraying real people caught in the middle of something extraordinary, or at least something worth preserving the footage. So I'm kind of biased towards this genre, but that doesn't mean that I love every movie that comes out with this same film style.

So for this upcoming week of Halloween, let's talk about a few of those found footage films and see if they are hidden gems or just massive flops, and I plan to rate them the same way I rated all those shark movies a few months ago, but instead of cute sharks I will be using these cute little ghost guys :ghost: .

As for a discussion piece for the comments, please let me know what you think about the found footage genre. Is it a tired gimmick? A gold mine of hidden potential? Has it run its course or are there things left to try and experiment with?

Please, let me know what you think of it in the comments. I appreciate and every single one I receive.


Thank you!


You can check the update on Movie Slate's blog right here.

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:iconmrhugodrax:
MrHugoDrax Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2016
That's not creepy at all *quietly pans room pretending everything is fine*
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:iconjamescorck:
jamescorck Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Heheheh, mission accomplished.
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MrHugoDrax Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2016
everything is fine, everything is fine, pay no attention to the darkness building all around everything is fine.
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kevinguzzer Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016
I Hate You Icon 
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:iconjamescorck:
jamescorck Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Pacha and Llama Kuzco Shrug plz 
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K4nK4n Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016
Creepy and awesome comic!
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:iconjamescorck:
jamescorck Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! :D
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K4nK4n Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016
You're welcoooome.
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fotland42 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016
I don't think I've ever actually seen a found footage film, but in principle I think it should increase immersion if used properly, although it has to be careful not to fall into the trap of violating what would reasonably be recorded in order to deliver information.

And, I mean, I have read stories that are the literary equivalent, and some of them are quite good.
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
When a found footage movie is done correctly it can be downright horrifying. It can draw you in and take you right into the action, but it's a much more fragile genre since the premise is that everything is meant to be really happening, so the acting, directing, and production design all have to be hand in hand. Even the smaller flukes can cause the movie to fall apart at the seams.
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Daiskida Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016
Hmmm...I'm kinda split. It usually depends in what movie it's used in stuff like Blair Witch movies that works quite well (specially when you find out the details how the film makers haven't planned most of the stuff and just screwed with the actors to get 'em really angry and pissed off), but in some movies it kinda goes "meh" like say World War 1 Zombies.
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I never heard of "World War 1 Zombies". Sounds a bit...ridiculous.

The Blair Witch Project is the kind of one-hit-wonder that happens on every decade. Low budget movie that causes a massive impact and everyone talks about it (either hating it or loving it). Same thing happened with Paranormal Activity. Some may say these movies are overrated, and they might be right, but what no one can deny is the impact they have left in our collective subconscious.
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Daiskida Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016
Oh trust me, if you can track down this movie give it a watch. It's a glorious amount of stupid. The basic plot is that this film crew is making a documentary about a WW1 battlefield and during it they come across this decayed body in a river that has some strange medallion in his mouth, they remove it and suddenly undead soldiers from WW1 began to rise and chase after them.
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I shall do so then. Adding it to the list.
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Daiskida Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016
Yeah, if you'll have an issue finding it lemme know and I'll throw you a link from my google drive since I have this movie.
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:iconjamescorck:
jamescorck Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I'd rather try and get it through legal means, but thank you for the offer.
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Daiskida Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016
No prob, reason I'm offering is 'cause this is a straight to DVD type movie. So, finding it might be quite a challenge XD
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I will look into Amazon, or retail stores. Thanks for the advice!
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Maverickwolfzx Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2016
Annoys me the exaggerated movement of the camera, I know   that the point is that to look as natural and real as possible but no, only I can not get used to it.
But not everything is bad, I love "Chronicle" although not if  count as horror movie.
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
That's the problem most found footage movies have. There is meant to be shaky cam, but sometimes it feels like the one holding the camera is having a seizure. It gets nauseating and annoying. It's not realistic, it's just ridiculous.

I will talk about "Chronicle" when the time comes. I'm planning on reviewing it.
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AngelFreddy Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016
The next day.... a strange corpse of a monster was found in the theater. The body was bludgeon to death by a series of round metal objects and a very heavy object. Local theater pony Movie Slate refuse to comment.
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Ponyville would have the most interesting news in Equestria.
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JustJoeKing Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016
XD It's da sasquatch edition of Wilt from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends! Lmbo! He ain't sorry today!
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Someone bring the black light and the holy water. We're going Simon Belmont on its ass.
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JustJoeKing Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016
No, wait! He says he's sorry!.... then again, he's always sorry....
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I don't believe you ; _ ;
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tigreanpony Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016
Very nice, loved the piece.
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:iconjamescorck:
jamescorck Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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MrSpanyard Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016
Como siempre, algo interesante de ver, no se te acaban las ideas. Y encima comic.
Buen trabajo.
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Hehehe, muchas gracias ^_^;

Uno hace lo que puede para seguir presentando contenido interesante y entretenido.
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AJR001 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2016
That reference though. BOOYEAH!!! :XD:
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:iconjamescorck:
jamescorck Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
But of course.
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MorcegoCinzento Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That Emperor's New Groove reference, lol!
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:iconjamescorck:
jamescorck Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
It was impossible for me not to refer to it.
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MorcegoCinzento Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lol
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sakenskunk Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2016
dang straight you show that found footage monster who boss* is hiding behind a couch waving hoof* I'm rooting for ya!
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:iconjamescorck:
jamescorck Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I bet you that Movie Slate is going to kick its ass.
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timgil Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2016
Booyah-ha-ha-ha
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InfiniteAffection24 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2016
Let me guess, we're about to go over a huge waterfall. Yup. With sharp rocks at the bottom. Most likely. 

*EPIC PAUSE* Bring it on. 
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Fetch26291 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2016
Bucket, have you learned nothing from watching movies?
You NEVER say that phrase. It brings the bad to you.
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:iconjamescorck:
jamescorck Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I think Bucket isn't vulnerable to using poorly-worded clichéd lines.
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Battle765 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2016
Emperors New Groove reference! XD That never gets old. 
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
It seriously never doesn't.
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Battle765 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016
Yep.
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Conceptbro Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yup, definitely value.
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:iconbattle765:
Battle765 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2016
:3
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:iconsnapcentino:
SnapCentino Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2016  Professional Writer
BRING IT ON!
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:iconkingsparis:
kingsparis Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Love that Emperors New Groove reference xD
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:iconjamescorck:
jamescorck Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
It called to me XD
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