Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Last Broadcast Movie Review

The Last Broadcast (1998) is a documentary by David Leigh about the 1995 "Fact or Fiction" killings in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. It is a look into the odd deaths of Steven Avkast and Locus Wheeler and the disappearance Rein Clackin. David uses real footage from the event when possible to give a startling look into the events leading up to that fateful moment.

Steven and Locus are the stars of the cable TV show Fact or Fiction and decide to do a live broadcast about The Jersey Devil in the Pine Barrens. Being early adopters of the web they decide to simulcast the show on cable and the internet. They bring in Rein for sound and tech support and a local psychic named Jim Suerd.

Jim is the only one to come out of the woods alive. After a exhaustive search and police investigation Jim Suerd is charged and convicted on two counts of murder.

David pieces together all the facts to see if anything was missed in the investigation and interviews all involved. We get to see the interviews and some of the footage from the trek into the woods capturing some captivating moments. As his investigation continues a piece of new evidence is discovered. Could it possibly clear Jim and implicate another? Will it finally be known what happened in the woods on that night?

This freaky movie is an exceptional example of original fictional film making. It was completed for under a $1,000 budget and done in the style of The Blair Witch Project - but a year before it. This is the first film of its kind and a fan favorite if you like this style. Most notable is that it is the first feature length film done completely in digital format.

6 out of 10 for originality and the style; execution is more like a 5. An interesting late night movie when you are home alone; only worth a watch it if you like the genre.

1 comment:

  1. The Last Broadcast is intelligent and tricky. I actually found it more clever than scary and certainly clever is tougher for filmmakers to achieve! I highly recommend this film as one that you will remember and reference for years.