Blu-ray Review: Found Footage 3-D (2016)

September 8, 2018

Written by DanXIII

Daniel XIII; the result of an arcane ritual involving a King Diamond album, a box of Count Chocula, and a copy of Swank magazine, is a screenwriter, director, producer, actor, artist, and reviewer of fright flicks…Who hates ya baby?

Because we live in the age of meta-as-fuck entertainment; Found Footage 3-D tells the tale of a group of semi-pro filmmakers who get the bright idea to make the world’s first 3-D found footage fright flick…and they plan on documenting the production of the film every step of the way. so with that goal in mind, they haul ass out to an isolated cabin and begin making their magnum opus. Of course before too long the supernatural shenanigans (namely  aghostly being appearing in the footage shot) begin stackin’ up (as personal squabbles rage on); and once they are sure the film’s producer isn’t F’n with them things go south six ways to Sunday!
First things first; let’s talk about the 3-D gimmick of this film briefly. The 3-D in this film is actually incredibly well-done, and if you are one of those folks that gets a headache at the mere mention of 3-D, fret not you can watch it in standard 2-D on this blu-ray release as well. Moving on from that and into the meat n’ potatoes of this picture; this is actually a surprisingly well done horror comedy that is not only actually funny, but pokes fun at the found footage genre without savaging it…it’s a satire done with obvious love for the source material’s tropes and value. Helping things along immeasurably are a likable cast that you actually give a damn about, so when he laughs turn to lacerations we actually fear for their lives. All in all this was a satisfying fright flick experience even with the comedy; which as you boils n’ ghouls know I can run hot and cold on.
Along with the main event; there are some solid special features on this Blu. First comes two audio commentaries; one featuring Director Steven DeGennaro, the other with the film’s Producers Scott Weinberg, Randi Ludwig, and Charles Mulford. Both are informative and fun listens, and both are good primers in what to expect when bringing a lower budget fright flick to fruition. Following that we get a selection of outtakes, deleted and extended scenes, and the film’s trailer.
If you are looking for a film that is both a solid and unique found footage effort that still manages to lovingly take the piss out of the genre, then give Found Footage 3-D a wicked whirl; the laughs and scares come easy, and in equal measure, and a solid script and great cast make it a grand time in the ol’ horror biz!



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