The new found footage film Black Water Vampire hit DVD shelves this week. While it is very reminiscent of the movie that started the sub genre there are many things about Black Water Vampire that may leave you a little less than satisfied. The film stars horror icon Bill Oberst Jr and is the story of a group of documentary filmmakers looking to uncover the mystery behind the Black Water murders. The biggest issue outside of the dead bodies piling up is they have been drained of all their blood. Oberst has been put in jail as the number one suspect but the crew feels there is more going on.
Unfortunately Black Water Vampire continues the dreadful trend of people lost in the woods in search of something they should not be looking for. The overall concept when it is finished is not bad, but will be less than desirable for fans already tired of the shaky cam projects. I will say Black Water Vampire does a good job of creating a mode similar to that of Blair Witch but once the interaction of the monster becomes present it starts to deteriorate. Oberst does his normal work by providing a great character in the midst of this less than stellar film.
I’m sure there were many great ideas that lead up to this film as you can clearly see the potential. Unfortunately the execution is not the best. I really had no issues with the acting of the characters and there are a few laughs found in here. The creatures design is a little too fake for my liking as it almost felt as if there were rubber masked used for the monsters. The scare factor is a little better than expected as there is some pretty good timing in the shots. There are parts of confusion as it’s hard to tell where the vampire is headed until it ends up right in front of it’s next kill.
There is a slight twist to film that involves one of the females from the group as it’s obvious the town knows who is behind these killings. I feel there is a lot more that could have been done to explain the narrative surrounding Black Water Vampire. Not being able to see more of Bill didn't hurt the film but unfortunately this will be looked as just another Blair Witch knockoff.
So i’ll leave it up to you on if you should see Black Water Vampire. If you are tired of found footage movies then don't go anywhere near this film. Though if you are in the mood for a few scares and a story line that showcases tons of potential then pick up Black Water Vampire this week!
Black Water Vampire is directed by Evan Tramel and stars Bill Oberst Jr., Danielle Lozeau, Andrea Monier, Anthony Fanelli and Robin Steffen.It is available now on DVD and video on demand and is being distributed courtesy of RLJ/Image Entertainment.