Director: Scott Derrickson
Main Stars: Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, Fred Dalton, Clare Foley
Storyline: A true crime writer finds some 8mm home movies that show families being murdered by a creepy killer known only as Mr. Booie
Review (Spoils): Ellison Oswalt (Ethan Hawke) is a true crime writer who is in the midst of writing the biggest book of his career. He moves his wife Tracy (Juliet Rylance) and his two kids to the house of the murders without telling them. This leads to strange visions and finding a box of old 8mm video tapes in the attic. The videos hold disturbing images of families being murdered in horrific ways with a strange man in the background with a pale like mask (looks like someone from Slipknot). Once Ellison gets too caught up it in it all his ignores his family, drinks more and slowly starts going mad. This then leads to finding out that it is not so much a murder case but a strange pagan cult dedicated to the god that feeds on children.
The acting actually was pretty decent in this film. The problem I did have with the film is it did not know what it wanted to be. Was it a haunting film or was it an occult film? It started off great and I was very excited about it but once the truth of the pagan bit and all the findings the film kind of went off track and it explained too much. It would have been better to leave it as an open ending of mystery. The best part of the film was the 8mm footage which leads to the startling findings.
Rating: This film could have been so much more with less. The film footage was awesome and creepy as hell but the whole explanation of the pagan child eating god was too much and then they lost my actual attention. Too bad as the concept as a haunting would of worked with no explanation. Lessons learned and I hope they do not do a sequel and just let live.