BLACK WATER VAMPIRE
Black Water Vampire quickly and unimaginatively follows the plotline used by several other of these films Found Footage films most notably, the one that started them all off, The Blair Witch Project, and the recent likes of The Frankenstein Theory and the Bigfoot film Willow Creek (2013). All of these had a film crew heading out into the wilderness in search of a mythological/supernatural creature. At the outset, this film tries to misdirect and give us the impression that the group are searching for evidence to absolve a convicted killer who is about to be executed before it morphs into a vampire film but even then the title surely gives away the main surprise. Once it gets the film crew in the wilds, Black Water Vampire becomes a deprecatingly slavish copy of The Blair Witch Project strange ritual markings being found all over the campsite, the group lost in the woods and finding they are retracing their path, arguments over the map where you get the impression that the woods themselves seem almost to be shifting their topography, members of the party going missing.
Eventually, the film pulls its big surprise as to what is going one and produces a vampire whose look has been copied from Max Schreck in Nosferatu (1922). This is decidedly disappointing. Like the abovementioned lost in the woods films, the entire plot is a build-up towards the revelation of something. However, it proves frustrating when all that we get is no more than a blurred, single scene appearance of a rat-like vampire. It may be that the Found Footage genre is so limited in terms of plots available to it that films are starting to run out of creativity. A much more conceptually challenging film would have used this as a beginning point and told about what happens after that. Afflicted, which offered up a found Footage film following someone as they transform into a vampire, was a much more thought-provoking entry. There is also a lame Rosemarys Baby (1968)-like ending that reveals the fate of the girls.
Evan Tramel made his directorial debut here and has subsequently gone on to make a series of animated films for children.
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