MOVIE REVIEW: The Black Tape (2014)

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By Nick Durham

Found footage flicks are all over the place these days. For every horror subgenre, there’s about thirty found footage flicks dealing with them. Whether they be about monsters, serial killers, paranormal bullshit, or whatever else you can think of that the horror genre has to offer; chances are there’s a found footage flick out there about it. And why not? They’re relatively simple to make, can have a super small micro budget, and if done and distributed right, can be a relative hit, or at the very least, be done pretty damn well. Ramone Menon’s The Black Tape is one such film, as it manages to be a found footage flick that takes a tired subgenre (voyeuristic serial killer) and manages to make it pretty damned entertaining.

The Black Tape focuses on a voyeuristic serial killer that has made the Wilson family a new target. With their eldest daughter home for the holidays, things appear to be nice and business as usual for the family, but it soon becomes apparent that this is anything but the case. I don’t want to give too much away, but very bad things happen to everyone involved here, and by the time things appear to be all wrapped up in the end, there’s a gut punch of a twist that is surprisingly well done and unanticipated.  Well, mostly that is anyway.

From a technical standpoint, The Black Tape is very well made for what it is. The film is well-shot and well-edited, and there’s a very good sense of atmosphere and dread as well. Things like jump scares are surprisingly not too frequent here, which is actually a big plus. One of the annoying things with found footage horror movies are the amount of cheap jump scares that come with them. I’m happy to say that The Black Tape barely has any if at all. Instead, the focus is on the mystery and psychological horror, which is a very nice change of pace.

So yeah, The Black Tape is a very entertaining and well-made found footage horror flick that delivers the goods. If there’s any drawbacks to the film it’s that I feel it may be a bit too long for its own good, but this is only a minor complaint; it’s still surprisingly good. Be on the lookout for director Ramone Menon as well, this guy is going places.

Rating: 4/5.

Posted by Alan Smithee

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