The Dark Tapes (2017) Movie Review

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2017 | Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi
98 minutes /

User Score: 58/100

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The Dark Tapes Review

Synopsis:

A genre-defying mixture of horror, sci-fi, myth, mystery and thrills told as four interlocking tales in one intelligent anthology. Ghosts, spirits, creatures, demons and more from the paranormal world collide with rational curiosity.

The Dark Tapes (2017) is a 1h 38 min found-footage American sci-fi thriller horror film that was shot in Los Angeles, California, USA. Director, writer, producer, cinematographer, and editor Michael McQuown (The Perfect Man (2005)) and directors Vincent J. Guastini have executed this film nicely with intense and thrilling scenes that were not overwhelming.

The Dark Tapes starts with an opening wrap-around story which is called “To Catch A Demon” and it revolves around a few recordings that Banks and Castro found outside of a building. The footages on the tapes were disturbing, and we will see how the cursed recorder got onto the bench at the ending of the movie.

Physics professor Martin (David Rountree - Cut! (2014), xXx: State of the Union (2005), 108 Stitches (2014), The O.C. (2004)) and his student Nicole are studying Trans-dimensional beings infiltrating REM sleep. Martin has a master in theology, and it was interesting seeing him and Nicole answering different questions about REM and demons. Martin and Nicole realized night terrors could result in a deadly outcome when their experiment did not go the way they planned. Nicole (Cortney Palm - Zombeavers (2014), Sushi Girl (2012), Tourbillon (2016), Paradise (2014)) and Martin was not seen as much in this film as other characters. I was not fond of the special effects as it lacked in many areas but that does not take away from the creep factor and broad elements, keep in mind this movie had an estimated $65K budget.

Segment - The Hunters and The Hunted

The Hunters and Hunted reminded me of Paranormal Activity (2007) where we have a happily married couple who moved into a new home and soon after started experiencing paranormal activity. This segment was one of the most twisted and mind-boggling parts because I did not predict the outcome. I have not seen a movie/segment that changed the game plan and did it so seamlessly. I still cannot get over this family and their lifestyle as I am sitting here writing this review - I just wish there was a lengthier version. The segment contains creep factors, blood, minor scares, and scenes that might be frightening to some viewers.

Segment - Cam Girls

I found this segment to be boring at first, but those who are into girls erotic online chats will love this segment. We see two beautiful young ladies where one of the females suffers from debilitating blackouts but what we see next on the video cam was mind boggling. I could not believe people can get people to do such things on the internet, but it is all too true in the world we live in today. I must admit, I was sad for the guy living alone in his apartment and wondered why he did it and my question was answered at the end of the segment. The segment contains blood; minor jump scares and intense moments.

Segment - Amanda’s Revenge

Amanda (Brittany Underwood - One Life to Live (2002-2012), Hollywood Heights (2012), Game Change (2012), The Bay (2013-2017)) was at a party where there was a date-rape drug slipped into her drink. Her friends rescued her from being raped/sexually assaulted, but she soon started to experience unexplained memory loss and her personality changes unexpectedly. Amanda devises a plan to seek revenge after she figured out what has been happening to her.

Most of the special effects were okay and worked. The storylines/grisly premise were executed nicely with average acting that was believable most of the time. The Dark Tapes should be viewed with all of the lights off in a dark atmosphere as there were a few good scares. I am not a found footage fan, so I was not pleased during the first few minutes of the movie where we were treated to a few seconds of shaky camera action.

The film is available to pre-order on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/the-dark-tapes/id1212096983

When it comes out April 18th, the film will also be available on Google Play, Vudu, iNDemand (Comcast- Xfinity, Time Warner, Cox, Bright House & more), Dish TV, Amazon, Vubiquity (Verizon Fios, Charter, Sudden Link, Media Com &more), Xbox, Playstation, Sling TV & Vimeo.


About The Dark Tapes 2017

Title: The Dark Tapes
Year: 2017
Runtime: 98 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi
Reviewer:
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Published:
Avg. Rating: 2.9/5 stars from 12 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 12
Starring: Cortney Palm, Emilia Ares Zoryan, Tessa Munro, Rachel Herrick, Casey James Knight, Anna Rose Moore, Shawn Lockie, Clint Keepin, Amy Hagan, Brittany Fisheli, Ginny Hill, Robert Lind, Sara Castro, Zachariah Axel Ziegler, Sherry Dargahi, Olivia Leigh Nowak, Heather Compton, Danielle Baez, Annalisa Guidone, Denise Faro, William Tyler Wiseman, David Banks, Matt Magnusson, Stephane Kay, Katelyn Bailey, Jake O'Connor, Wayne River Sorrell, Layne Castro, Ruby Mercado, Simoni Valentina
Writers: Michael McQuown
Director: Vincent J. Guastini, Michael McQuown
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