Horror meets reality tv.
A low-budget little flick pulls off the impossible and makes an episode of Big Brother not only watchable but wildly entertaining—at least for the first 40 odd minutes.
The filmmakers set their spin-off of the roommate reality tv show in an isolated house where all is not right. Creepy invasive cameras put us on edge, and a series of subtle disturbing surprises throw the contestants into a full on panic.
That’s when the filmmakers lose us. Instead of continuing to build on the tower of terror they have started with small scares here and there, they go for broke far too early. They pile on gimmicky twist after gimmicky twist until they stretch the limitations of their b-movie cast. By the time we are asked to believe that the vaguely nerdy character just so happens to know how to get a high-speed internet connection with his cell phone from last decade, we have already stopped caring.
The final twist, one worthy of M. Night Shyamalan at his worst, pulls back the curtain to reveal the show’s mastermind. Unfortunately, he hardly deserves the title. As much as it kills me to admit it, this movie really could have used a devil in an elevator.
Written By Tommy Smith