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.


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.

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Chris Morse

Programmer by day, writer by night. Having grown up surrounded by plenty of horror movies and video games, it only made sense for Chris to combine all of these passions into one place: Dead Entertainment. Whether he's working on designs, tinkering with the platform, or just writing up the latest horror news, he's sure to be hard at work keeping the wheels turning on this website no matter what time of day it is. When not coding or gaming, you can find him donning a Cheesehead and heading to the Midwest to cheer on his favorite NFL team, the Green Bay Packers. #GoPackGo