Indie Film CRY Brings Found Footage Style to a YouTube World
This film by Octavius Ra puts a nice spin on the found footage format.
By Chris Morse
Out of Canada comes a new indie titled CRY, a more modern take on the "found footage" genre popularized by the Paranormal Activity franchise. The concept has been done before at its core, but this independent movie brings its own fresh take to the table. CRY follows a group of young friends who run a YouTube channel dedicated to hunting down demons. Naturally, this is all faked through special effects but is nonetheless profitable for the young creators.
It wouldn't be much of a horror film if things didn't take a turn for the worse for the cast, which is exactly what happens and why this film serves as a cautionary tale for fabricating and consuming mass amounts of online content. Here's the official synopsis of the film.
With a little CGI and special effects, Jay Tanner and his crew have been getting rich off of faking demon hunts and posting them on YouTube. Unfortunately for Jay and his crew, this demon hunt turns real.
CRY comes from new filmmaker Octavius Ra under the ORA Pictures banner in Toronto and was shot on an iPhone 7 to give an authentic "vlogger" feel. It took 2 days to shoot after a month of writing and planning, and had a full 8 months of professional editing in post-production. The film has a run time of 1 hour and the cast consisted entirely of first-timers, friends, and family.
It has been announced that CRY has been picked up for distribution in the U.S. by Nandar Entertainment. For more details, head on over to the official website of ORA Pictures to stay up to date on this film.