- Ghosts of Empire Prairie (2013) Review

Title: Follow

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Year: 2013

Genre: Short / Independent / Horror

Language: English

Runtime: 14 min

Director: Kyle Hytonen

Writer: Kyle Hytonen


A couple go out to camp and bring a camera with them. But the camera won't be filming any sweet memories for them to enjoy in years to come, but instead it'll serve as a witness to their demise.

Our thoughts:
Found footage is a great subgenre. I actually really enjoy it, and you should know that if you've followed the site for a while. But we're also aware of the amount of shitty movies within the genre. Hell, most are terrible, but when done well there's just so much to enjoy in it, that you don't get from other subgenres.

"Follow" is a very short and to-the-point film that takes the simplest route of found footage horror. This means that my review will be rather minimal, but that's both because I can't say too much about it, and to try and keep some things in it in the dark still.

To be completely honest, in its 14 minutes it doesn't really do anything that we haven't seen before. It has a couple going camping in the woods, and then some weird stuff happens. It's exactly that basic. Does that hurt it? Well, sort of. It doesn't make it the most memorable experience, but ignoring the fact that it's unoriginal and bland storywise I feel that it has some strengths that makes me curious about what else the filmmakers can do.

The one thing that I enjoyed is the acting. They actually feel natural most of the time - Heather Dicke especially. That along with the natural location gives it a pretty decent atmosphere, enough to border on creepy if watched at the right time of the day and with the right company. It doesn't save it though, and unfortunately it's hard for me to recommend it unless you really, truly love the found footage subgenre. The movie doesn't do anything you haven't seen before, I can guarantee that, but if you're okay with it then you might enjoy the few bits of creepiness and the overall good performances.

I'll admit that I enjoyed the second to last shot of the movie on a visual level, and I wish the film could have wandered into similar territory for the majority of it. It does promise that Kyle Hytonen and cinematographer John Forbes have more to show, just in other projects.

Positive things:
- If you don't mind unoriginality, this isn't horrible.
- Good acting.
- Has a pretty interesting scene, visually, which stood out.

Negative things:
- Unoriginal.

Gore: 1/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 2/5
Effects: 2.5/5
Comedy: 0/5

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