Movie Review: Scooter (2019)

September 18, 2019

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?

Scooter presents the tale (via a combo of mockumentary and found footage) of three internet celebs who get the wild hair to make a long distance trek via scooters for their lil’ web pro-grim. Along the way tensions begin to flare, and things only get worse when our heroes record a murder as it happens in the ass-end of nowhere! Of course escape becomes impossible, and soon the three amigos find themselves at the not-so-tender mercy of that murderous maniac… but what will their ultimate fate be?

Scooter starts out promising; the cast is likable… and more importantly believable, as is the basic premise of the fright flick. There is a nice sense of world building, and things truck along at a reasonable pace while setting up a nice bit of tension; we know shit is going to go south, but when and how remains a mystery for a good chunk of the run-time (yeah, this is a slow burn joint, but a well done one for the first half of the picture). But there are hiccups.

As the terror wrenches up, the action cuts a slice of unbelievable pie as our protagonists concern themselves with filming the horror… and framing it incredibly well, rather than hauling ass like any normal person would do in the really real world… especially since the misadventures they journey through are pretty damn hard.

This is the element that is the most challenging with these found footage fracases; do we suspend our disbelief and go along for the ride, going all-in that a regular Joe would make a demonic document of their arcane affairs, or do we shake our heads and check-out?

Your mileage will vary with that one and ultimately I think it depends on the quality of the rest of the narrative, which is admittedly strong in Scooter, and that makes this an easy picture to recommend in the end.





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