Exists Movie Review
Haven’t people learned anything from those beef jerky commercials? Don’t mess with Big Foot. Just don’t do it. But for our entertainment value, a bunch of friends get themselves stuck in the woods in Exists, a found footage film that offers nothing new but operates as a serviceable monster flick nonetheless.
Everything in Exists has been done before--a group of twenty-somethings travel to a cabin in the woods, find themselves on the wrong side of an angry supernatural creature and proceed to die one by one--and the found footage genre has pretty much run its course in terms of originality. The friends themselves are all pretty generic--you have the stoner, a couple interchangeable females, the token black guy--and how they interact is equally generic.
To call Exists fun isn’t exactly accurate; the filmmakers take their movie way too seriously and their failure to offer up enriched characters, even at horror movie standards, really hurts the entertainment value.
On the positive side, it is fast-paced, occasionally tense and generally well constructed. Director Eduardo Sanchez (the director of the “original” found footage movie, The Blair Witch Project) makes things as exciting given the circumstances, and does a good job of creating plenty of Big Foot action while largely withholding the actual monster until the final minutes of the movie.
Oh, the ending is terrible, by the way. Absolutely terrible. Laughably bad.
Exists executes its premise well enough to be entertaining, but a better screenplay with more likable characters and a bit more fun would have given this horror flick more bite.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.