Ginger Nuts of Horror
'Black Eyed Children: Let Me In' is a film weighted down with a wide variety of problems. 1st of all is that of identity, this is attempting to be, as stated by the filmmaker, a documentary. As a documentary this is somewhat lacking in credibility as it is largely obvious that many of the interviewees lack a sense of subject matter which would be essential to lend any kind of credence to their claims.
It is very much a mixed bag of interviewees, many of whom appear to be more suited to a comedy show than to a documentary about the spooky subject of black eyed children. There are so many inconsistencies with their statements and so much dithering in what they are saying that any actual professional filmmaker would have edited large amounts out. It is somewhat obvious that none of them are genuine and the scripting leaves a lot to be desired.
Having said this, the conclusion I made part way through is that this is an attempt at a found footage horror film. This is another level at which this film actually fails, I am sad to say that at no point did I find this entertaining, or indeed horrific. As a first-time attempt, it is passable, yet full of flaws. As an example one of the interviewees states that there is no way in which he will lead the filmmaker to a bunker door in a lakebed when it is dark. He says this in broad daylight, but then within seconds leads the filmmaker to where the door is in the dark. By the front of the door there is a doll partially obscured in undergrowth, the doll is a modern plastic one with the eyes pushed in. This is supposed to be creepy, but the doll is so immaculate that there is no way it was there any longer than a few minutes. Any serious attempt at making a scary movie should start with getting the basics right, and if you are going to use props you should at least make them appear authentic. The rest of the film suffers in the same way from lack of attention to detail.
This is one hour and 7 minutes of my life which I will not get back, the concept was a complete waste of time as the entire urban legend aspect of it was hammered home repeatedly with very little enthusiasm, and the only redeeming feature was the 'movie within the movie' found footage. The filmmaker had allegedly been sent. This segment had been made with at least some idea of how to set up the horror. If the inner segment had been expanded to the one-hour or so of the entire film, it would have made for a much better movie. Unfortunately, this had just a touch too much of the Blair Witch Project about it, which has been done to death already and really does not need adding to.
I am fully aware that everyone starts somewhere, and I wish Justin Snyder luck with his future projects, this one just pushed none of my buttons.
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