Andrew is a young man whose life is falling apart around him. After his friend is brutalized outside of a nightclub and left in a comatose state. He begins to push away what few people he has left in his life, and begins walking down a path of violence and self-destruction. By chance, he comes across a group of people who would like to exploit his desire and drive for violence by capturing it all on film, for a profit. It isn't long after that his life style and the people he now has himself surrounded with, causes him to finally descend into total madness. Now Andrew must make a last stitch effort to escape the darkness of the world he lives in, before he becomes another victim on tape.
Here is another sleeper title from Unearthed Films. There wasn't much info to be found about this UK produced title, and after it's release from Unearthed, there still isn't much info out there. Much like "Mercy", "This Hollow Sacrament", "Frankenstein's Bloody Nightmare" and currently "Two Front Teeth", "Footsteps" is a movie that didn't get much coverage or even attention from it's own distribution company upon its release. It became lost amongst all the other DVD titles that were released around the same time. Which, may have been a bit of blessing as it allowed me to go into the movie with a blank slate, only knowing what is given by the general premise.
The premise of "Footsteps" is kind of interesting in that it partially revolves around snuff, and considering the current trend and popularity of pseudo-snuff titles, "Footsteps" goes in a different direction with the subject matter. Rather than being a POV of the killers, or the victims, it's about a young man who's isolation and ever-building madness from his rage, gets him involved in a snuff ring. Even then, the movie doesn't really focus on the snuff aspect too much, rather about it's main character, Andrew, and the affect it has on his life and his crumbling mental state. Which inevitably leads his life down a path of self-destruction.
One of the things that will make or break this movie for the viewers is that it is a slow going movie that slowly builds momentum towards its climax. With the slow build though, the movie keeps it's story and it's characters vague, and even the time frame in which the story takes place in. Within about the first act of the movie, it jumps around showing the past, present, and future of Andrew (But never indicating which until the end.), along with the people that are in his life. With this, you do have to pay attention to the movie, if you don't, because of how the movie remains vague, you'll find yourself getting lost with the story and who certain characters are. The story itself and who the characters are and their relation to one another is laid out there for the viewer, it just that "Footsteps" puts the responsibility of putting the pieces together on the audience rather than explaining everything itself. With that, it may cause some people with short attention spans to quickly lose interest in the movie. While others, it will be what helps keep them watching the movie, because you don't get to fully understand everything that goes on until the end.
The other thing that might lose the support of the horror community, is that this is not a horror movie, and while it does have a snuff theme, it isn't graphic. As I mentioned about the story, the movie is about one character and his life that is on a downward spiral. Part of which is caused by becoming involved with a group of people who specialize in creating snuff movies. There are a few people who are killed in the movie, but it doesn't exploit these scenes. Rather it keeps them minimal, but realistic enough to help sell the overall realism of the movie, and not make it just some cheap ride. Because of that, "Footsteps" is more of a character drama than anything else.
"Footsteps" is definitely a movie that will only adhere to certain viewers because of its slow-building and vague story. Along with it's ability to keep the movie on a realistic level because it isn't looking to exploit sex and violence, and is focused more on the story and the character Andrew, rather than on the death scenes. With that in mind, for a first time amateur effort, "Footsteps" is a good movie. There was plenty of room for improvement, but regardless of what didn't work, it's what works that makes "Footsteps" qualify as a sleeper-hit released by Unearthed Films. At least in my books, anyhow.