9 December 2015 | MartinHafer
Enough with the home video camera!
Infernal is a story about a couple who get married, have a child and live an increasingly difficult life. Much of this is because they have a weird little girl--one that a therapist says is autistic, though there isn't a lot of evidence for this, as the child's actions, though weird, were not consistent with this diagnosis. Later, however, she starts acting creepy and you see glimpses of demonic type stuff on the family's home video cameras.
The story had some nice creepy moments, however, on balance I would not recommend the film. I have a strong prejudice against movies that employ the unsteady cam--a camera that never seems to stay in one place. A lot of TV shows and movies have been made that way but shouldn't have. Now I am not saying that nothing should be shot that way, as there are a few good examples where the camera looking like it's being held by someone with tremors isn't bad--such as with the deliriously profitable Blair Witch Project. But watching films like this is really hard on the eyes and unless there is a real compelling reason, these sort of films and shows quickly annoy. A few times such camera-work would have worked during the course of Infernal (such as when the family was videotaping various events such as weddings and a birthday party) but everything?! Additionally, the dialog seemed to need a lot of work. All too often the characters just said 'f**k' at the exclusion of something meaningful.