I’m asking you to join me once more into the fray of found footage features. I know there’s been a glut of these films the past few years so I wouldn’t go out on a limb and recommend one to you unless it was heads and tails better than the rest. And Bryan Bertino‘s new film Mockingbird is most certainly that. You’ll remember Bertino as the director of the excellent The Strangers (and he’s got more stuff in the pipeline that you’ll be seeing soon). Mockingbird is more of an experiment than that film was, it’s not a traditional narrative, but it’s one of the few films I watched over the summer that actually had me on edge (and I watch a lot of horror movies). So even if you’re sick of this sub genre, give this movie a whirl – within a few minutes I think you’ll find yourself caught fairly off guard.
The trailer only hints at the basics of the movie, so it lacks the churning dread I think you’ll encounter while watching the actual piece. But it’s still a nice primer for the overall aesthetic and a good excuse to talk about this film. Hit the jump for the Mockingbird trailer. The film hit iTunes and VOD today from Blumhouse and Universal.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Three individuals each receive an anonymous, unmarked video camera and a horrific ultimatum to continue filming… or die. Experience the terror through the eyes of these unsuspecting victims, with a chain of found-footage events so real and absolutely dreadful, you’ll have to watch it again to believe it.