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9:10 am
December 19, 2009


gabriela garcia

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    I believe this movie has two great things going for it: great budget management and great actors. This movie was so successful because the audience can identify with the characters and the location.

     Most horror movies are adaptations of other movies; sometimes there is a slight change in plot or better special effects but in the end most of them we feel like we've seen  before. Also, the horror comes mainly from special effects and horrifying corpse or wound exhibition that simply are not my taste becuase of the lack of originality.

    This movie, as many indie movies, bases itself on character developement which is why the main actors are very important in the movie. It also has a very realistic feel to is since the couple looks and acts like any cuple we've ever seen. She is happy and just so normal during the day and he is taking the whole “devil” thing as a joke, almost an excuse to go out and buy a camera and film themselves at night. She is obviously terrified becuse she's been living with this worry for eight years and it keeps getting worse and worse.

     It is also very important in the movie how everything is rationalized. It makes sense that they but a more expensive, better camera because they have a big house and a convertible; this makes the movie more believable because we know that somehow the have money. These kinds of small details make the movie because we can picture the whole situation better.

     The budget management comes into play perfectly, they obviously stretched their  $15,000 but made it worthwhile by concentrating it on gettin the special effects needed, using the director's home as setting and basing the movie on the characters.

     This movie is a perfect example of an indie movie made flawlessly and competing with the hollywood product we are beginning to dislike.

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