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directed by Howie Askins
USA 2011

 

Ryan (the film's writer Ryan McCoy) is shooting a documentary on best friend Brett's (Brett Rosenberg, FEAR OF FLYING) first camping experience. Along for the trip are Ryan's girlfriend Abby (Abigail Richie, KNOCK KNOCK KILLERS) and her friend Ashley (Ashley Bracken). They secure an RV (from a guy who does porn) and head out into the woods and into a "no trespassing" area. Brett thinks a "documentary" of him getting drunk and falling down a lot won't be very interesting, but Ryan has "a plan." Strange hissing sounds in the night are not enough to disturb their sub-"Girls Gone Wild" partying antics, but the broad daylight sighting of a silhouetted Bigfoot-esque figure in the ravine has Brett and the girls turning on Ryan (who Brett reveals has some sociopathic leanings that extend beyond his HDCAM voyeurism). Ryan thinks - or so he says - that they are being pranked by some other campers (one backwoods example of whom dropped by their campfire the night before); however, when their RV is trashed and one of their number goes missing, Ryan's "documentary" takes a turn into that oh-so-familiar "found footage" genre territory...

EVIDENCE starts off like your average "found footage" horror movie, but the filmmakers seem aware of the over-familiarity of the concept and spike the dialogue with some suggestive throw-away lines. The strange sounds in the woods bit is business as usual, as are the "running with the camera when any sane person would have ditched it" in favor of survival (actually, it seems to be a rule here that whoever relinquishes the camera is likely the next victim). The film does take a surprising turn in its final act that enlarges the scope of the story (although the technical aspects and aesthetics of this part are no different from what you would encounter in like-budgeted more conventionally-filmed examples). EVIDENCE hasn't re-invented the "found footage" film, but it admirably attempts to keep complacent fans on their toes.

Eric Cotenas

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Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 1:15:24 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.1 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio English Dolby Digital 5.1; English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Showbox Media Group

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Trailer (16:9; 1:37)
• Trailers for DEAD MAN'S CARDS, PANIC BUTTON, TRUTH OR DARE, DARK RIDE, FEED, LONG WEEKEND, and TOOTH
• & NAIL

DVD Release Date: March 12th, 2012
Amaray

Chapters 14

 

Comments

This HD-lensed production probably looks as good as it can on SD-video in Showbox's single-layer, anamorphic transfer. Since it is a "found footage" film, there's no scoring, but the 5.1 track (always an unrealistic aspect of the genre) has better separation of the surround effects (although the strange noises should technically meld in more with the ambient sounds). The 2.0 downmix is an acceptable listening option as well. Other than the film's trailer, there are no film-specific extras (whether this is due to the distributor not paying for extras, or the filmmakers trying to create a mystique about the film's origins is not known at the time). Trailers for other Showbox releases round out the package.

No US DVD release has been announced yet. This film is not to be confused with a higher budgeted found footage flick of the same name by Olatunde Osunsanmi (THE FOURTH KIND).

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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