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The Final Project: Yet More Found Footage
are several kinds of plantations to be found in Louisiana. The classic antebellum
style is very different from the Creole variety. Some are also haunted. This is definitely one
of those. A team of college students armed with video cameras will try to spend
the night there in Taylor Ri’chard’s The
Final Project (trailer
opens this Friday in Houston and Atlanta.
what true believers. Something terrible happened at the old plantation, but the
six students managed to capture it all on film. It seems one of them went kind
of nuts, causing no end of embarrassment, especially for the mortified family
member who introduces the screening.
order to graduate, Genevieve Richard, her BFF, her current and previous BFs, a
TA, a meathead, and a ditz must make a hand-held shaky-cam documentary of their
night in spook central, because Recording Gruesome Deaths 101 was not exactly
the blow-off class she was hoping for. Naturally, there is all sorts of
jealousy and resentment going on causing Richard to walk out in a huff, just as
things start getting strange.
Project is far less graphic than most
horror films. Frankly, the ghosts or grudge-holding entities make short work of
their victims, so at least we can say they don’t play with their food. The framing
device, featuring the pixelated Ri’chard is not bad either. However,
characterization of any sort is problematically thin and the ensemble no-name
cast is serviceable, at best.
levels of mediocrity are not ideal, but in this genre, they are not absolutely
fatal Achilles Heels. Found footage films of vary quality, including JeruZalem, Hollows Grove, Classroom 6,
Creep, and the original Grave Encounters have helped themselves tremendously with their creepy locations.
Unfortunately, the atmosphere of the plantation is just okay. That means Ri’chard
cannot earn any easy points simply by soaking up the ambiance.
just about every respect, Project is
barely good enough to get by with a little help, but nothing the cast and crew
contribute are special enough to distinguish the film from the pack. When you
get right down to it, the film is pretty bland, which has to be the worst
possible thing you can say about a horror movie.
There are way more plantation horrors in 1970s
slavery exploitation films and considerably
more enjoyable chills in JeruZalem and
Grave Encounters 1. In contrast, The Final Project is a rather workaday
effort that mostly goes through the motions. Simply not distinctive enough to
recommend or despise, The Final Project opens
tomorrow (2/12) in Houston at the Edwards Greenway and in the Atlanta area at
the Regal Hollywood, Town Center, and Mall of Georgia.
Labels: Found footage, Horror Movies