Darkroom is the first ever mainstream found footage film ever produced by any Filipino Filmmaker. The film follows a story of teenage friends who found themselves on an abandoned house for some ghost hunting activity. After watching a video from a camera they found inside the house, horrific events began to unfold. Darkroom is produced by Viva Films under the direction of Pedring Lopez.
Casts: Ella Cruz, Bret Jackson, AJ Muhlach, Donnalyn Bartolome, Andrew Muhlach, Rose Van Ginkel, Caleb Santos, Samantha Capulong & Jack Reid.
Genre: Documentary, Horror, Suspense
WHAT I LIKE?
The risk of Viva Films to finally produce the first ever found-footage film generally delivers to be a decent addition in the genre. For me, it is even better from the 2016 Blair Witch movie (Check Review HERE). Setting aside that is a local film, Darkroom has played well on the major elements of the genre. The movie started off with an intriguing introduction followed by some candid moments of the characters while going to the haunted place to set-up the film’s mood. The phase was just right. What’s great about the movie is it utilized different camera angles from the characters’ cellphones, video cameras, Go Pro and even CCTV cameras from public establishments. Well, for this kind of genre, the horrible part usually takes long to occur. But in Darkroom, the tension slowly builds up the moment they entered the house. I loved also the disconnection effects of the cameras to somehow support the found-footage formula. They were some eerie and decent scares along the way. It was both creepy and bloody. Saw some unexpected and hair-raising scenes as well. Lots of gory scenes to watch out. At some point, I did close my eyes. The film took risk as well in casting fresh faces in the industries. Majority of them are Viva Artists. I must say that Viva did a great job in training the casts. Acting-wise, I am generally satisfied. Aside from the fact that they are all charming especially Jack Reid (the brother of James Reid), all of them have delivered their respective roles. Overall, the film was good. I became proud of it actually. It may not be as scary as hell as it should be but the film was able to send chills while watching it. Considering its a found-footage film, I expected the scary scenes to be cut-short. And in all fairness, Darkroom executed all the scenes well.
WHAT I DON’T LIKE?
Well, they could have chosen a bigger and creepier house that is located in a remote area. The house did not feel abandoned amd secluded since it has neighbors on it. Also, production design needs improvement as well. This is vital in adding to the film’s dark theme. Some lines are cheesy and inappropriate too.