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    I don't know who gave this piece of crap all the stars, but they are lying. This movie starts off with a bunch of 20 somethings pulling pranks and bad practical jokes on each other. It doesn't get any better from there. I am 49 minutes in and I don't know how much more I can take. All of the constant bickering is giving me a headache and If they took the F word out of the dialogue, it would be labled a silent film. Clearly none of them can stand each other and I surely don't even know why they are all friends. At 50 minutes in, they are finally at the house, and still fighting and argueing. Ok, one of them is now pissing in the bathroom sink of the house. If you choose to watch this mess, good luck to you. But please watch it for free, don't waste your money. Better yet, give this crap a pass.
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    UNLISTED OWNER is another laughably terrible indie found footage horror flick, made on the cheap by a bunch of people who really don't have much idea about basic filmmaking principles. This one sees a family murdered in a house, causing a bunch of teenagers to head over and investigate the place, filming the whole thing as they do so. This particular effort spends a great deal of time on set up, interviews, and introductions, as well as some of those unnecessary driving scenes. The actual stuff at the house is hurried over at the climax. There's no atmosphere to speak of, and as for horror content, you can forget it.
  • First off I wanna say, I've never heard of this film until the Writer, Director and Actor emailed me to do a interview for this film. Knowing what I knew from the more of info email, I agreed to setup with interview. So a couple days BEFORE we were gonna do the interview over the phone for the Everything Horror Podcast (which if you don't like no filter language avoid my podcast). From the time I spent debating to rent this (before purchasing this), I decided to go for it hoping I'd like it and not a waste.

    I enjoyed the camerawork actually and the way they acted / setup sets to do some of the stuff was not really noticeable. The only thing we noticed was near the end was the blood, it did stick out to be more pinkish to really not believe it. I did however got an answer via the Interview that the special effects guy they had at the time wasn't available when it came down to the blood.

    If you don't swear teenagers swearing like they would when being around friends and stuff, watch this film. If you can't stand swearing almost every line, just ignore it. And if you would like to check out the interview I did with Unlisted Owners writer, director and actor make sure to check out the Podcast.
  • Please will people stop making these hopeless attempts at movies. "Found footage" is such a feeble cover for lack of skills in editing, script, lighting and directing. In the same scene the f-word can be bleeped out while not being bleeped out just 1 minute later. Even the cheapest compact camera's from 10 years ago had OIS. Just an annoying mess resplendent with battery indicators and flashing "Rec" indicators and distracting artificial pixelation somehow being recorded. I guess everyone that worked on this movie and their parents voted this to above a 3 star. Not close to having tension, suspense or horror. It would take a very special person to feel engrossed and invested in this cacophony. I should point out I never saw every minute of this; after 15mins of nothing but what was scripted or unscripted (improv dahling) rambling (without any character pinning) I skipped to the 30th. The only reason I would say to watch this is to see how all the excuses of pathetic movie making are covered up in the "found footage" genre.
  • I really enjoyed this movie I loved the killer and the cast. It was funny and it was freaky towards the end. But in all it was great all the way through.
  • As a cohost of Collateral Cinema Movie Podcast, I watched and analyzed this film when we covered it on our most recent Indie Movie Review mini-episode! That being said, the first thing that stuck out to me was the attachment to realism. This is allowed by Jed Brian's use of the found-footage genre, and I think he fully achieves what he is trying for. However, the problem here is, the genre as a whole has been completely oversaturated, so I wouldn't say there is anything new or innovative here... and yet, I see a remarkable potential. With limited resources as a first-time writer, director, and starring actor-which is why we can admit the found-footage genre was actually a good choice, despite its flaws-Mr. Brian was able to pull off a thoroughly convincing narrative. And the way that narrative itself flows, and accompanying it the ratio of exposition to action, is where the twist ultimately derives from, although I dare not spoil that for you by being more descriptive. In fact, go watch it! With an Amazon Prime membership the movie is free to watch at the time of the writing, so I encourage everyone to give it a shot, and see what I mean when I say that Jed Brian has a future in the film industry... just with content that's maybe a little more original.

    TL;DR: While this movie suffers from an oversatured genre, these problems aren't to blame on the directing or writing, and in fact, utilizing what resources were available, it's easy to see potential in its creator, and what he could do in a different kind of movie, and it's really worth checking out!

    TL;DRTL;DR: Read title. And seriously, go check it out!

    If you're interested in my and my cohosts' full thoughts, you can check out Collateral Cinema's short, spoiler-free review/analysis on iTunes/Apple Podcasts, Podbean, Spotify, YouTube, Google Play, or wherever you get your podcasts!
  • Title: Unlisted Owner

    Format: Amazon Prime Language: English Released: 2013

    Director: Jed Brain

    Starring: Chris Ash, Levi Atkins, Chloe Benedict

    A found footage film...still here? I know, I can't stand them either, however, I have seen one or two that end up being good, so I still watch them in the hope I can uncover a gem.

    Is this one? Well, yes and no to be truthful. The debut film from Writer, Director and Actor, Jed Brain, he does try and approach this flooded sub-genre with fresh ideas. Most found footage films are shot in a standard movie format, not making them believable as they are meant to mirror the everyday life of the person shooting them, instead they end up covering months at a time over the course of the film.

    'Unlisted Owner', doesn't do this. It follows a group of 'friends' over the course of a day, from loading a pickup to the bloody finale. For me, this really helps us get under the skin of the people in the film, to understand them to a better degree than other films in the genre.

    I'm jumping ahead a little, so back to the start. The film opens to a family moving into their new home, they are quickly taken down by an unseen killer, setting up the plot of the film. From here we meet your hapless friends getting ready for a camping trip.

    This is where the biggest problem for me starts. Now, being English, the word 'friend', may mean something different over here in the UK, than in the U.S.A, but I can not understand how this group call themselves friends. They are constantly at each other's throats and even say several times throughout the film how much they hate each other.

    In particular, the two women were so unlikable and annoying, I was hoping they where killed off first in a justifiable gruesome way. Yet for every bad there is a good. The interaction between these different people seems believable if you consider them mates at best and not friends. Add to this the acting wasn't bad either, making the viewer believe these people could easily exist. In turn, this made the finale quite a tension filled jaunt through the murder house as one by one, they fell. In my opinion we could have done with getting to the murder house a lot faster than we did, as again (in my opinion), the set up wore out its welcome, mainly due to those annoying girls.

    So, will it redefine the found footage sub-genre, no, but to his credit, Jed Brain does try something new and almost pulls it off. With a little tidying up in the editing studio this could and should have been much better. Yet, as it is, its not bad and it is the first time in a long time I've made it to the end of a found footage film, so that for me, counts for a lot.
  • The only positive thing I can say about this found footage movie is that, compared to most found footage movies, the acting in this one is not terrible. Now, the negatives. First, the characters, especially the two alpha male guys, were so obnoxious, such douchebag pricks, that I could not wait until they died. Second, the movie was a bit more than 3/4 over before anything "horror" happened. That's right, the vast majority of this film is just some immature pricks yelling at one another. Finally, when something happens, it is not supernatural or even scary in any way. Third, we never find out who the villain is, which is so unsatisfying, given that I had to sit through most of the movie before any action happened. There was no character development, no plot development, no mystery, no build up to a climax, no denouement: just a bunch of hillbilly, immature pricks cursing and yelling. The most horrifying thing about this movie is that I wasted a portion of my life to watch it.
  • To all the found footage horror fans, this is a must see! It is interesting and it keeps you guessing!
  • Directors will tell you "found footage" films look easy to make but prove to be very difficult because the filmmaker must justify why the camera is rolling. Writer/director Jed Brian does follow the rule; a character with a brand new video camera obsessively documents even the most mundane moments while his friends argue with him, practically begging him to stop filming. The typical shaky camera angles are there for some of the more intense scenes but it is not too distracting.

    The acting is better in some scenes than others. The cast seems to struggle at times with delivery in one situation and gels really well in another. Overall, the acting is not bad for a film with a tight budget. The script generally suits the characters and their demeanor but there are way too many "F-bombs." It fits some of the characters' personalities but in spite of the fear and the emotional reaction to the situation, the chronic swearing wears thin.

    Although Unlisted Owner sounds like it could be a predictable, boring story, the plot generally moves along well. The story slows down considerably in the second act. Even though the young adults are goofing around before they make their ill-fated visit, some of the conversations seem a little long and unnecessary. The action picks up before this becomes intolerable.

    The gore and make-up effects are adequate with nothing over-the top. Much of the violence occurs only partially on camera, adding to the creepy feel and leaving some of the more gruesome details up to the viewer's imagination.

    The production value for this film is a true highlight. Projects like Unlisted Owner do not have the funding of a large studio and the filmmakers use their resources wisely. One scene involving a dashboard camera is particularly well-shot and effective.

    The film is enjoyable and showcases a talented director who takes some chances with the cinematography that pay off. Pay special attention to the police evidence files setting up some of the scenes; they help establish the timeline of events and identify characters. Unlisted Owner is worth a look. The script is a little weak and the coarse language may dissuade some viewers but the story carries itself all the way through and keeps things interesting. . -Rick Bryan
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    Deviating from the typical found footage formula, "Unlisted Owner" focuses primarily around the characters within the story, rather than the super natural occurrences surrounding them. The horror elements, of the film take a back seat to character development and serves primarily as an ever present shadow looming over everyone, subtly influencing events rather dictating their every action taken throughout the story.

    This freedom granted the characters a sense of autonomy, which is typically absent from other films within the genre. The film begins through the perspective of a family moving into a new house. The events are recorded on home video by the eldest daughter of the family. The daughter voices her concerns and dissatisfaction regarding the move, while her father attempts to reassure her that everything will be fine.

    What initially appears as a typical set up for a haunted house film takes an unexpected deviation when the entire family is slaughtered during their first night at the house. From that point, the perspective shifts towards a new group of characters along with the direction of the film itself. The new group consist of seven teenagers living near the area where the murder took place.

    After witnessing the bodies being removed from the house, the group discusses whether or not to proceed with a camping trip they had planned in the woods near by murder location. After discussion the situation, all but one of the teenagers choose to proceed with the trip as planned.

    The unofficial leaders of the group are two bombastic young men named Gavin and Tyler. While overall friendly with the others, the duo both impulsive and irresponsible, caring little about the consequences of their actions. Gavin and Tyler decide to take a detour from the trip in order to visit the house where the family was murdered. Despite opposition, the others ultimately decide to follow them to house where violence and death await them. Gavin and Tyler continuously display reckless and potentially dangerous behaviors on their way to the house such as drinking while intoxicated, calling in a fake 911 call and breaking into a crime scene. However, regardless of all misgivings, the rest of the group chooses to follow them anyways. By choosing not to act, even while openly chastising Gavin and Tyler's actions, the other members of the group continue to follow their lead. By relinquishing control to an outside party, they've convinced themselves that they are absolved of any responsibility or repercussions that may result from their actions.

    This lack of action underlies a central theme within "Unlisted Owner". The concept of choice and free will. The movie asks the question of whether or not an individuals actions actually have any impact regarding their final destination. These ideas are explored from different perspectives through the two stories presented; The tragedy of the family murdered in their new house and the events proceeding the six campers entering the same house. The two stories are juxtaposed to each other, showing a family blind sided by a tragic fate and a group whose conscious actions appear to have led them to the same cruel fate.

    "Unlisted Owner" takes an unorthodox approach to an over saturated genre and presents a unique and thought provoking film. If you're a fan of the found footage films and looking for a movie with a different perspective, then "Unlisted Owner" is a film worth your time.
  • With limited budget and a cast of local friends, I think director Jed Brian made a masterfully suspenseful and scary film that stands on it's own in the indie found film horror genre. Long dialogue scenes in the beginning serve to build character development between this group of friends who make the foolish decision to enter the house/crime scene of a grizzly serial murder. The shaky handheld camerawork help keep the suspense on edge as they searched through different floors and rooms of the house. It was what you didn't see around the other corner that scared you. The film pays homage to one of greatest found footage classics, The Blair Witch Project, and yet still stand as it's own work of art within the genre. If you are looking for a great scary movie to watch with a group of your teenage or college friends tonight, this is the one. It's young and fresh and has a new spin on an growing genre of horror. Jed Brian proved that he could handle the responsibility of writing, producing, directing and acting in his own film, a heavy burden for a rising filmmaker. But he did so with skill and affordability and by doing so, created a truly scary journey into the that might make you think twice before sleeping in your first new home. You know how Steven Spielberg made swimming in the ocean scary....? Well Jed Brian made buying a new home scary. See it people....Unlisted Owner......if your dare........
  • Very rarely do I enjoy spending the little time I have available to me watching found footage films. The fact that their costs are typically minimal and can be filmed on any number of video camera, webcams and cellphones grouped with former films such as The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity (just to name a few of the more popular ones) makes some people believe they can become a film director overnight.

    On the other hand, those who plan it out, put in the work and focus on all factors of their film including acting, realism and aura typically tend to push their way through all the noise providing film fans to something fun, interesting and unique and in this case, Unlisted Owner is able to serve this up to its viewers.

    A large mistake many films in this subgenre make is avoiding following a realistic timeline which should be simple to follow and doesn't have many confusing things which could be very off-putting to most people.

    Unlisted Owner follows a group of friends for a day who have decided to go camping but ultimately decide to break into a house which the brutal murders of a family took place that prior evening.

    First time writer and director Jed Brian took the task of following a proper timeline to heart and gave us something that flows from start to finish, piecing everything together as though the local police department had created a video for evidence of the killings which had taken place using a variety of recording devices from the different people involved. On top of the fact that everything single scene looks like it was filmed in a singular take, this made It something I truly enjoyed seeing.

    In addition, the acting throughout the entire cast seemed very natural, utilizing banter regarding drinking, women and sharing memories to fill in what could be considered the slower portions of the movie. This was also one of the major factors contributing to the films realism as these conversations were easily something myself and my crazy friends would discuss when hanging out together years ago.

    The only negative I had (next to a bit of a shaking cam issue right at the start and trust me it was very minor) was that some of these aforementioned conversation pieces did feel a bit drawn out at times which may have been there only to ensure that the film would be considered feature length. Making a short out of it could have potentially raised my rating for it but that could also kill the story's progression thus ruining the film as a whole.

    There isn't much more I can go over without ruining the film for people, but do recommend checking it out of you're a fan of either found footage films or lite slashers.

    7 out of 10. (From LONGLIVETHEVOID.COM