The Den (2013) Movie Review

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2013 | R | Horror, Thriller, Mystery
81 minutes /

User Score: 61/100

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While studying the habits of web cam chat users from the apparent safety of her own home, a young woman's life begins to spiral out of control after witnessing a grisly murder online.

The Den (2013) is an American found footage thriller horror movie that exceeded my expectations. Director and co-writer Zachary Donohue did a phenomenal job directing his full length movie. The movie contains full on nudity, sexual reference/content, violence, gore, bad language, suspense, intense scenes and shaky cam action.

Elizabeth Benton (Melanie Papalia - American Pie Presents: The Book of Love (2009), Smiley (2012), Extraterrestrial (2014)) is a grad student. She is using a webcam website called “The Den” to study the various activities of different people for her paper/thesis. Elizabeth was losing hope of finding anything worthy of writing until she stumbles upon a murder on her webcam. She became interested in the video she saw of the devastating murder and began to dig deeper on her research about it. Her friends, family members and herself became in danger as she continues her investigation on the horrific murder. The murder was obviously not meant for her to see. She began talking to a guy on the webcam although his webcam was broken. One day his webcam turned on and Elizabeth witnessed the murder. Elizabeth is determined that the murder is not a hoax as her friends suggest to her. She got one of her friends to try and hack into the murderers’ webcam to obtain a location but the webcam was coming from too many locations.

She is so determined to figure out what is going on that she decided to inform the police of the murder but they ignore her until her boyfriend goes missing. The movie just captivated me by this point where texts are being sent from Elizabeth but it is not actually her sending the text. One of her friends goes missing after she receives a text from Elizabeth to meet her at her apartment. Elizabeth soon receives a text picture showing someone entering her sister’s home. Watch the movie to see what happens next. Will Elizabeth’s sister and child survive?

The movie was awesomely good and I would recommend it to all sort of fans. The cast all did a fantastic job with their parts and this new director did a good job picking them. 2014 had a lot of new directors that I would love to see more movies from. I could have done less with the found footage part of it. Beautiful screenplay that is a cliche but stands alone. The sets, cinematography and music were all done nicely.

About The Den 2013

Title: The Den
Original Title: Death Online
Year: 2013
Runtime: 81 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.05/5 stars from 57 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 57
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Bill Oberst Jr., Kimberly Ables Jindra, Matt Lasky, Brian Morvant, Ron Bottitta, John Grady, Brian C. Bell, Shannon Mosley, Suzan Crowley, Richard Vernon, Melanie Papalia, Anna Margaret Hollyman, Brian Bell, Katija Pevec, PJ McCabe, Anushka Rani, Tiago Roberts, Jevin Smith, Garrett Fornander, Butch Anderson, Robert Tarpinian, Lily Holleman, Cassie Jordan, Jeff Rubino, Rigo Obezo, Jonah Landow, Ben Macdonald, Rikin Vasani, Zach Kennedy, Brad Kranich
Writers: Zachary Donohue, Lauren Thompson
Director: Zachary Donohue