10 December 2016 | Steiner_Rolf
Great Indie found-footage film done well on a low budget.
I was very fortunate to view a screener provided to me by the film's Director, József Gallai. The film is Hungarian Police file footage of John Doe's (Balázs Szitás) 72-hour chronicle of his plans to kill his Ex, which he has been uploading to the Web as an instruction manual for like-minded persons. We follow him as he lays plans, purchases a weapon, sneaks around the Ex's office and inside her and her new boyfriend's apartment at night.
The film was done on a low budget, as most Indie horror films are, and there is not much blood or gore to speak of, but I found myself completely absorbed in the story nonetheless. The horror in the film is the planning and execution of his scheme. There are a few comic relief moments, where I had to laugh out loud at Shawn Michael Clankie, who plays a blogger, V.i.M., as he encourages men to stand up and fight their ex's, yet is constantly interrupted on his mobile by his own Ex. That being said, it was a nervous laughter from me, because I was wondering what John Doe was up to! The film is in English, and any spoken Hungarian is subtitled or explained. My only criticism of the language choice is that the English has a thick Hungarian accent at times, but if one is used to such things (as I am), it's perfectly fine. English closed-caption was also available, so I presume this will also be available upon release, which will help anyone with polyglot issues.
Balázs Szitás is very well suited to this role and portrays John Doe with a maniacal energy and compulsion, which is, in itself, frightening, yet he goes further and even looks the part! I found myself wondering if the local sanitarium hadn't started acting classes and then released one of its patients to star in a film! The man is an outstanding actor.
József Gallai is a Director who is always working and puts his heart and soul into a film. He directed Bodom, which is touted as Hungary's first found-footage horror film, and has many more credits to his list.