Normally I leave the reviews to the rest of my team, I sit in the background and do the marketing aspects of The Horror Nation. I ran across something that caught my attention, while doing my normal routine. It was a tweet from Aaron Mento that simply said "would dig your thoughts on my horror feature shot all on an IPad 2". I, being someone that truly believes, if you have the passion to do something you will find a way, whether you have the big budget and expensive equipment or just simply a dream and an IPad. I quickly said to myself I had to see this movie no matter how bad it turned out, so I agreed to take a look.
As a fan of all horror and sci-fi movies I have come to not expect much, as far as many of the story lines out there today. It's hard to find the original idea with all of the remakes, reboots, and the re-imaginings. So I did not expect too much when I sat down to take a look at an original idea brought to life on a micro-budget from an IPad2.
I, personally, don't believe that reviews should give out any spoilers, so I will do my best to avoid giving away the story too much here, and just stick to the good and the bad of the movie.
The movie started off exactly as I expected, some over the top acting, a little bad lighting, and a strange perception that a train wreck was coming, but yet I couldn't look away. Then something happens, you realize that this is exactly what they set out to do with the opening sequence. Peter (Scott Yarborough) is this down on his luck, horrible stand up comedian who is lured to an apartment with the thoughts he is going to do a private showing,however this private showing could be the last performance of his lackluster career.
All I can truly say about Aaron Mento is, give this man a budget. The movie pulled me completely in with skilled story telling, good acting and some obvious great editing. There are a few blurs that give you the impression of being shot on a cheap camera, but not enough to take away from the overall effect of this movie. If someone asked you what kind of camera this movie was shot with, your last guess would be the IPad 2. Aaron Mento had a vision of what he wanted to do, how he was going to do it, and then he accomplished it. Every time I thought I knew where the movie was headed, the path veered in a direction I didn't expect leaving me pleasantly surprised.
This movie is a must see. It brings to life a whole new view on an age old tale, but don't just take my word, check it out for your self at the link below.