MALIBU HORROR STORY **** USA 2021 Dir: Scott Slone. 93 mins
A mockumentary, found footage mash-up that focuses on a group of high school graduates who disappeared after a wild night out.
With a great interest in the supernatural, I certainly enjoyed the unknown entity. Blair Witch Project vibes and nods to Paranormal Activity, with a cultural twist. Slone had clearly researched the Native American cultures and the role of a Shaman. Even without a grand budget, this film worked wonders.
An unconventional take that provides a creepy atmosphere and appears quite realistic, even if a little obvious at times. This is helped by the lighting, which often mirrors the plot.
The casting made this film work as each actor remained emotive throughout, showing off their great acting abilities.
Tension is built throughout, though this drops during the irritatingly long search for Matt.
If you enjoy the paranormal and / or found footage subgenres, this is well worth a watch. It’s a little like The Hangover with a horrific twist.
Review by Poppy Blundell