“The Devil Inside” – found footage fiasco?

If you’re in the US and a fan of the ‘found footage’ horror sub genre,  there’s a decent chance that you might be heading out to see the latest shaky camcorded scarefest, “The Devil Inside” this weekend.

Herbal Essences, anyone?

By all accounts, you really shouldn’t.

Bad reviews are one thing – horror fans are used to seeing their genre trashed by mainstream critics – but this film would appear to be doing the unforgivable and blatantly cheating it’s audience.  SPOILER AHEAD.

Per the thread on NeoGaf’s ‘Off Topic’ forum, the film abruptly ends and directs the audience to a URL if they want to see the actual ending of the film.

SPOILER ENDS

If you find that notion as irritating as I do, I would suggest not giving these hucksters your cash – not that this will deter them from making an inevitable sequel, as the film cost around $1 million to make, made $2 million in midnight previews on Thursday and is on course to take in $25 million at the US box office this weekend.  That whole thing I posted the other day about studios making more low budget fare?  Yeah, we can forget all about that if this kind of crap is what the studios are going to try and pull.

Whilst I can’t fault the film makers for chutzpah, I can decry them for having such contempt for their audience.  There’s a difference between being a William Castle-style showman and just adopting cynical social media schtick to fleece teens of their allowance on a Friday night.

 

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2 responses to ““The Devil Inside” – found footage fiasco?

  1. Geek Soul Brother

    I haven’t been so pissed of leaving the theater in a long time Rick. It was like they just decided to stop writing the script, but shoot the film anyway. Maybe they were hoping that the story would work itself out, but since it didn’t ‘Hey, lets just point them to a website! No one’s ever done that before!’ Yeah knuckleheads, because it’s a horrible idea. I just tried the website a second time (which was horrible too) and it seems the server crashed. Let’s hear it for A+ production planning. Follow Rick’s suggestion people, don’t waste your time.

  2. Hi GSB,

    From what I hear, this movie is one of those ‘front-loaded’ genre films that the studios put out regularly. Lots of advertising, no screenings for critics until the very last minute and get the audience in before the word of mouth is so bad that it causes the film to drop like a stone at the box office.

    Still, it was so cheap to produce that a sequel will be all but guaranteed. Who knows – it might even have a proper ending!

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