Thursday, June 8, 2017
Die Prӓsenz (The Presence) (2014) 1h 23m
ARRRRRGGGHHHHH found footage films, you are the bane of my horror loving existence. Initially I blamed The Blair Witch Project for foisting this affliction upon us. I have nothing against Blair Witch as a film but it was the first major breakthrough for a found footage film. Then things like Paranormal Activity came around at a time when promotion through social media became a big thing and that was the final fucking nail in the coffin. People saw they could spend a few thousand on a film and might turn some sort of crazy profit. Instead we get a huge pile of shit. If I wanted to watch "real" people react to spooky shit then I'd set a camera up in my neighbors window and make ghost noises at 3am. Actually, in this neighborhood, that'd get me shot.
The Presence has one interesting thing going for it and that it takes place in a castle. I forget the Europe just has them scattered all over the damn place. Otherwise it's the same stupid plot with the same I-don't-give-a-fuck-about-you characters, just in German. I only know how to count to four, swear, and say "you hate me," in German and that all comes from video games and Rammstein albums.
This film doesn't even warrant a full review, just this rant piece I've created here. Seriously though, if you're going to do a "found footage" film, please make something new and fresh and original. No more "this is haunted, let's go with cameras!" or "what's this weird ghost shit in my house? Get a camera!" or even the fucking Cloverfield shit. Something new! N-E-W! Crapface!
I give The Presence 0 German castles out of 5:
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