Once again, a group of teens head out on a camping trip to make a documentary when they unwittingly uncover a monster lurking in the woods. Now, their film will be the only remaining evidence of the creature, if they can only make it out alive! Of the many "found footage" films that have flooded the market in recent years, EVIDENCE ranks amongst the worst. The characters range from annoying to mindless and idiotic, and they make some of the most absurd decisions ever put on film! When one of the guys goes missing after the first attack, the group goes deeper into the woods to find him rather than taking off for help. Each time the girls find any sort of safe defense, they open a door and go running back into the woods. The creatures are always just a few steps behind, yet when the girls trip and fall, they are never attacked. Despite the fact that the characters explicitly state that they are only half a mile off of a familiar mountain road, they run into a deadly monster and happen upon a huge military installation that no one has ever seen before. And for what? The documentary is literally about Brett's first time camping. How or why anyone would agree to do this has yet to be determined. Who does this documentary cater to? It sounds more like a stupid dorm room prank than a legitimate project.
A common complaint with the hand-held approach to filmmaking is that it has a dizzying effect on the audience. Well, this is taken to the furthest extremes in EVIDENCE. The camera is sickeningly tossed and turned, while the footage been chopped up and digitally mangled to give the appearance of damage. This makes the end product unwatchable. In the final third, things get even more insane and illogical, with new monsters and half-human hybrids popping out all over the place, only adding to the confusion. If the intent was to make EVIDENCE legitimately look like four untrained and untalented documentary filmmakers went into the woods and got killed for making poor decisions, then mission accomplished.
Movies like EVIDENCE:
NIGHT OF THE VAMPIRE, EYES IN THE DARK, LAST RIDE.
Available on Region 2 DVD March 12 from Showbox Media Group.